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Certificate III in Barbering


Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516

Course Overview

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.

Students will also learn important skills in client communication and services, selling, technical skills, and product recommendations that will make them an asset to any hairdressing team.

This course can be delivered on campus, or as an apprenticeship, meaning participants get the chance to apply new skills to the work environment as they go.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare students to work in the hairdressing industry as a Barber in any industry environment, usually a barbershop or salon.

Working in the hairdressing industry can be very strenuous. Barbers are required to be on their feet for most of the day. Hours will typically be worked during the week and weekends and some days will include late night opening hours. This career requires intensive interactions with a diverse range of clients and the ability to address clients needs and concerns. Please be aware the use of chemicals and products in a salon environment can also be very overwhelming.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing. Learners may also wish to complete a dual qualification by completing studies in SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprentice - Open from 31st Jan - 1 to 2 days per wk - 9am to 4pm / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprentice - Open from 31st Jan - 4 days per month - 9am to 4pm / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Tues,Wed,Thurs - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Apprentice
4. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to students at their course information session or pre-training review interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract before applying for this course.

Applicants must also have:

  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills essential
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is a great benefit when studying virtually but not a requirement
Core Units
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Provide shampoo and basin services
Design haircut structures
Create one length or solid haircut structures
Create graduated haircut structures
Create layered haircut structures
Cut hair using over-comb techniques
Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures
Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques
Design and maintain beards and moustaches
Shave heads and faces
Provide men's general grooming services
Dry hair to shape
Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
Develop and expand a client base
Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
Conduct salon financial transactions
Provide salon services to clients
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
Communicate as part of a salon team
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Elective Units
Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
Colour and lighten hair
Create combined haircut structures
Create haircuts using tracks and carving
Research and use hairdressing industry information
Recommend products and services
Receive and handle retail stock

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge quiz
  • Portfolios
  • Written knowledge questions
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Research assessments

The course is delivered in various locations via blended learning, online, classroom-based and a simulated salon environment.

Students will be required to wear closed-in shoes at all times and their GOTAFE uniform. Students will be required to purchase their own tools of the trade. GOTAFE trainers will issue participants with a kit list.

Students must access the internet and have a computer. It is recommended that they bring their own laptop or iPad to classes.

The salon has clients that regularly make appointments for services. These clients aid students doing assessment tasks on campus. There are times when the students will be asked to bring in their own clients as well.

Sarah Chircop

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions. Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with their GOTAFE trainer/assessor. External placement is always a great idea but is not a mandatory requirement for this course.

On-campus: Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions. Students studying on-campus will be enrolled full time for 12 months and attend classes 4 days a week from 9am to 4pm.

Apprentices: Apprentices are signed into a 3-year contract and attend GOTAFE 1 day a week. Apprentices will have a mix of on-campus and workplace based training and assessment.

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. Can I do this course online?
    This course has a blended delivery, some theory units will be delivered online while all practical tasks will be done on campus.
  2. Do I need any experience to do this course?
    No, however we recommend that you have some life experience, a professional manner, and the ability to be mature as you'll be dealing with a diverse range of clients.
  3. Do I need to buy any books or equipment?
    Learning resources and uniforms are supplied and covered in the materials cost of the course. Students will need to buy additional kits and equipment as they commence certain units. These kits are available through the GOTAFE Bookshop, further information will be discussed at enrolment.
  4. What do I need to wear to class?
    You will need to wear a TAFE hairdressing tunic every day you are on campus - this will be supplied to you. Underneath the tunic you can wear black pants or 3/4 pants. No denim, active wear or tights are to be worn underneath uniform. You must wear closed-in shoes, minimal jewellery and we suggest your hair is tied up in a bun if it is long.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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