Certificate III in Barbering


Course Length

Full time:



Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


On Campus


Industry Based Training

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.

You'll also learn important skills in client communication, selling, and product recommendation that will make you an asset to any hairdressing team.

This course can be delivered on campus, or as an apprenticeship, meaning you'll get the chance to apply your new skills to the work environment as you go. We'll support you to balance study and work, and you'll gain valuable on-the-job experience that will boost your CV and give you the confidence to go out into the workforce.

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

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

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

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing. Students 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 08/03/2021 - F/Time, P/Time - 9am to 5pm/2021

On Campus, Starts on 12/07/2021, Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri (4 days/wk), 9am - 4pm / 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprentice - Open from 08/03/2021 - F/Time, P/Time - 9am to 5pm/2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,713.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $738.00

3. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,297.00

4. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $659.00

5. Full Fee: $8,902.00

Course Materials: $1,240.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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 you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Attend an information session.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • 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

Course Study Units

Core Units
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
SHBHBAS002 - Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SHBHCUT010 - Create haircuts using tracks and carving
SHBHIND002 - Research and use hairdressing industry information
SHBXCCS004 - Recommend products and services
SIRRINV001 - Receive and handle retail stock

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge quiz
  • Portfolio
  • Written knowledge questions
  • Practical demonstration
  • Observation of practical skills

Additional Information

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. Your GOTAFE Trainer will issue you with a kit list.

Students must access the internet and have a computer. It is recommended that you bring your 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.

Course Co-ordinator

Sarah Chircop

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Apprentices: Apprentices are signed into a 3-year contract and attend GOTAFE 1 Day a week. Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.

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.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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

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.