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Hairdressing & Barbering

Gain a recognised qualification in Hairdressing or Barbering, and practice your skills with real clients in the GOTAFE salon and barber.

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Turn your creative flair into a career that can take you anywhere

Our expert trainers will teach you essential industry skills such as colouring, basin work, cutting, and styling, as well as important skills in communication and retail product recommendation. Practice your skills in our campus training salons, and graduate with the confidence to show off your skills in the workplace.


Get a recognised qualification with one of our accredited courses. We offer a range of courses in different areas, so no matter what your goals are, we have a course for you.

Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)

Turn your passion for hair and beauty into a career. The Certificate II in Salon Assistant gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an assistant in a busy salon.

Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516)

Become a qualified barber with the Certificate III in Barbering. Learn the theory and technique for shaving and men's grooming, as well as the latest trends in cutting and beard designing.

Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416)

Become a fully qualified hairdresser with the Certificate III in Hairdressing.

"Our trainers are incredible. They have showed me and the others what hairdressing can do, for yourself and other people. Making other people feel good makes my day."


Why study with GOTAFE?

Real-life training environments

Our Trainers are all industry-qualified hairdressers and barbers, with extensive experience in the processes and techniques you'll use day-to-day in the salon.

Our campus training salons and barber shops provide a real-life environment for you to practice your skills and get hands-on experience with a range of techniques and client requests.

Your training will provide the skills and knowledge employers are looking for, and you'll graduate with both a recognised qualification, and the practical experience to match.

Be creative every day

Take your creativity to work every day, and enjoy a satisfying career making people look their best. Develop a reputation and skill set for particular styles or techniques, and establish your own personal brand as a stylist.

A world of opportunity

Whether you choose to stay local, or take your career elsewhere, you'll have the skills to take you where you want to go. Be your own boss, be part of a busy salon team, or join the fashion or advertising industries as a stylist for photoshoots and campaigns.

The hairdressing industry has been growing steadily, and the number of hairdressers is expected to increase by over 2000 within the next five years. There's no better time to join this booming industry.

Our Trainers have established networks in the hair and beauty industry, meaning employers often approach them to recommend students for job openings.

See what our students have to say

Find out what it’s like to study Hairdressing & Barbering with GOTAFE. Get a feel for our campuses and see what our students have to say.