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From courses in specific barbering techniques, to management skills, TAFE NSW barbering courses are always taught in real-world settings, and teachers are experienced barbers with the connections and knowledge you need to get to your career goals.

Apprenticeships may be available on your way to an in-demand hairdressing career. From courses in specific hairdressing techniques, to salon management skills, TAFE NSW hairdressing courses are always taught in real-world settings, and teachers are experienced experts with the connections and knowledge you need to get to your career goals.

Hair retail and management courses are focused on taking you to your career goals if you want to expand on advanced skills that go beyond hands-on hairdressing. Teachers are experienced industry managers with the connections and knowledge you need.

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Jack Liston

First in line to become a cut above

“I needed the TAFE NSW course to learn the fundamental skills, and I’m now building on those skills every day.”

Jack Liston - Certificate III in Barbering

Jack Liston had been looking into barbering for a while, trying to figure out the best way to start a career. So when TAFE NSW created a barbering course, Jack was the first student to enrol.

“When the Certificate III in Barbering became available through TAFE NSW I was completely over the moon and sought an apprenticeship,” said Jack, now qualified and employed at a parlour-style barbershop. “I went into the course with a really strong passion for barbering, but with a small amount of knowledge and literally zero skills when it came to the actual practice of cutting hair.”

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Our hairdressing and barbering courses prepare you for a career as a professional hairdresser, stylist, or barber. Your trade qualification can take anywhere, from local salons to global mega brands.

Develop technical skills like cutting, design and chemical work with a TAFE NSW hairdressing course, or learn specialised freehand clipper techniques like fading, carving and engraving with our barbering course.

Both hairdressing and barbering courses at TAFE NSW are available to study as apprenticeships so you can develop your skills in class and with your employer.

Our hairdressing and barbering courses include:

The Diploma of Salon Management is the training you need to manage a hair and/or beauty salon. This course equips you with the practical skills and knowledge expected in the industry. You will learn to employ and manage staff, manage business operations, promote and market your business, liaise with stakeholders and engage with clients.

Graduates of our hairdressing and barbering courses go onto roles such as:

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Hair stylist
  • Hair colourist
  • Freelance session stylist

Hairdressing and barbering are trades, which means most people begin their career as an apprentice with either a Certificate III in Barbering or a Certificate III in Hairdressing.

Demand for hairdressing services is projected to grow due to increasing household discretionary incomes and population growth. At the same time, employers in the industry are facing challenges finding skilled and experienced staff for their businesses.

A nationally accredited trade qualification equips you with the skills employers are looking for so you can take advantage of employment opportunities in a vibrant growth industry.

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What job opportunities could a hairdressing and barbering course lead to?

If you love experimenting with hair and watching the latest styling trends, then the TAFE NSW hairdressing and barbering courses may be the perfect way for you to kickstart a great career.

From entry level to advanced creative to salon-management, our courses will help you develop, refine, and showcase your style. Depending on the hairdressing and barbering courses you decide to enrol in, you can learn how to cut and style men’s hair and facial hair, learn to professionally style women’s hair for all occasions, learn colour theory, learn salon management practices, or learn how to flaunt your talents through the creation of fantastic experimental styles for competition.

At TAFE NSW, you will learn the practical skills you need to succeed from professional industry leaders, in our state-of-the-art facilities, to help you make your mark in this creative and rewarding industry.

TAFE NSW hairdressing and barbering qualifications can lead to career roles such as:

  • stylist
  • senior stylist
  • hairdresser
  • barber
  • hairdressing apprentice
  • salon assistant
  • salon owner or manager
  • colourist

The average weekly salary for hairdressers is more than $1,100, and whether you want to work in a salon or behind the scenes in fashion or film, TAFE NSW hairdressing and barbering courses will give you the modern skills and knowledge you need to become an expert in cutting, colouring, styling, and management.