Offering Info

Certificate III in Barbering

  • National Course Code: SHB30516
  • TAFE NSW code: SHB30516-01V01-20NEW-086

Location – Newcastle - Non Apprentice

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23.9 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

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.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


To be enrolled in this course, as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must meet the smart and skilled eligibility criteria:

  • Over 21 years of age
  • Able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience
  • Able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

Students will be required to work on clients and be prepared to have treatments done yourself. You will be required to supply models for assessments and practice.
Students need to attend all classes, complete all class and unsupervised activities, assessment activities, and teacher directed task
Students participate in either a simulated workplace session at TAFE or with a host employer that has been approved by each teaching section. Workplace sessions with a host employer provide learners with the opportunity to implement and cluster skills learnt, while attending formal study at TAFE. Students enrolled in the non-apprentice program are encouraged to complete work placement with a host employer as part of their training program. Work placement is designed to enrich the students learning, complement their formal training and enable an easier transition into the industry once the course is completed.
Students that engage in work placement, are exposed to a higher volume of clients and can draw on this experience throughout their course.
It is recommended that students enrolled in the non-trade program will commence optional work placement in week one (1) with a host employer from the commencement date of their enrolment.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 23.9 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 36 weeks for 1 year.
You may also be required to complete approximately 7.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace skill development, private study, prescribed reading , research and assignment preparation.

This course is a pathway to a Hairdressing or Barbering Apprenticeship.

Students are required to complete a screening process with section staff, prior to enrolling. This will ensure that students are suitable and capable to complete the program. Once enrolled students will attend an information session.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are job seekers wishing to enter the Hairdressing Industry as a Salon Assistant or Receptionist in a Hair or Barber Salon and who would like the formal qualification to improve their employment prospects.
  • Local entry requirements stipulate students must hold the Certificate II in Salon Assistant or equivalent.

You should:

  • Love working with people and helping them achieve their goals
  • Are patient and tactful
  • Have good communication skills and likes working in personal service area
  • Enjoys making people feel and look good
  • Be good at practical tasks and has good hand-eye coordination
  • Be a team player and a hard worker

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
  • Online access to real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Library resources

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday, from 2.00pm to 7.00pm, Thursday and Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Students must purchase the Certificate 3 Barbering kit from the section: $700.00.

This kit includes:
American Crew Text x 2 $320.00
Manequins x 2, Nape or Strip: $350.00
UNIFORM: $30.00

Students are to supply their own cutting equipment/kit.
Student must ensure that they wear appropriate clothing and covered footwear that meets industry standards. Tools and equipment will need to be purchased prior to the commencement of classes.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
SHBHCUT009 Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques
SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches
SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces
SHBHCUT013 Provide men's general grooming services
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving
SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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