Certificate III In Barbering

Course Code: SHB30516
Study Area:

Next intakes:

February 2021 (college-based students / non-apprentices)

Rolling enrollments (apprentices)

The mens grooming industry is thriving and the demand for skilled barbers is expected to continue.

The Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516) will give you the knowledge and expertise to get started in this creative and dynamic field.


If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible to study this course for free or low-fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees and materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time (2 days a week 9:00am - 4:00pm) / Part time (2 days a week: 9:00am - 4:00pm  / Blended: Apprenticeship/Trainee - 3 - Year/s
  • Full time: Non apprentice - 9 months


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Barber

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of barbers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of barbering services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work. This qualification provides a pathway to work as a barber in any industry environment, usually a barber shop or salon.

How to apply
  • Application to VTAC and supplementary application to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Satisfactory LLN skills.
  • Pre-training evaluation

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Practical Assessment
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Apprenticeship/Trainee
  • College based - non apprentice

Key study areas
  • Men's cutting
  • Beards and moustaches
  • Face and head shaves
  • Shampooing
  • Barber retailing skills
  • Traditional men's haircuts 
  • Urban hair cuts

Further study opportunities
  • Students completing the Certificate III in Barbering will be eligible for credit transfers into the Certificate III in Hairdressing, allowing for an expansion of their skillset.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Apprenticeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,517.90
Concession - average total course fee*$500.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$12,012.00
B.   Materials average fee**$1,329.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$77.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,465.00
Concession - average total course fee*$693.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$12,012.00
B.   Materials average fee**$1,329.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$77.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 1/12/2020 3:00 PM

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