Certificate III in Barbering

Course Code: SHB30516
Study Area:
Hair and Beauty

Next intakes:

February 2020 (college-based students / non-apprentices)

Rolling enrolments (apprentices)

The men’s 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.

  • Richmond Campus
  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time / Part time / Blended - Apprenticeship/Trainee - 3 - Year/s
  • Full time / Part time / Blended - Blended - 2 - Year/s


As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

Possible careers
  • Barber

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course overview

The qualification focuses on the craft of barbering and teaches the traditions of ‘old school’ barbering and specialist urban barbering techniques. You'll learn from industry experts and hone your skills working on real clients in the training salon located at our Bendigo City campus.

You’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification and the confidence to work in any barbershop or salon as a men’s stylist!

How to apply
Online applications direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Satisfactory LLN skills.

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

Key study areas
  • Freehand clipper techniques
  • Face and head shaving
  • Beard and moustache styling
  • Head neck and shoulder massage
  • Traditional men’s haircuts
  • Urban hair cuts
  • Retailing skills
  • How to build a client base.

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
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*$503.58
Full fee - average total course fee*$12,012.00
B.   Materials average fee**$1,309.00
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**$1,309.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
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 4/04/2019 11:03 AM

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