Certificate III in Barbering

Course Code SHB30516
Locations Warrnambool
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 12 months
Commencement July 2019
Timetable 3 days a week
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Course Overview

This is a rewarding, creative course which gives you the opportunity to enter the barbering industry with confidence, passion and flair.

Working hands-on in our salons you will learn all aspects of barbering including cutting, men’s grooming, shaving heads and faces, maintaining beards and moustaches along with free access to up-to-date workshops with our industry partners. Pure Academy is an encouraging environment where you will discover skills and talents and fulfil your dreams with a rewarding new career.

The course will provide opportunity for plenty of experience with clients, working in both the Pure Academy and Pure Living salons with real clients.

What will I Learn?

This course allows students to perform a full range of barber services including client consultation and advice, hair and scalp treatments, men’s haircutting, shaving, men’s grooming services, freehand clipper techniques and creating haircuts using tracks and carving.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This course is the standard entry level qualification for the Barbering Industry. On completion of this course, you can gain employment in a barbershop or hairdressing salon.


You may also choose to study a complimentary industry related course such as SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing.


During this course, you will undertake salon work placement within the Pure Academy hair salon and the Pure Living Hair and Beauty barber shop at Lyndoch Living. You may also be required to supply some models for assessments.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To apply for this course, you must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • have completed year 10 or equivalent
  • obtain a Police Check upon enrolment

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 26 units: 21 core and 5 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $0.00
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services 40 $15.00
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures 20 $10.00
SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures 30 $15.00
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures 35 $15.00
SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures 35 $115.00
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30 $140.00
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures 45 $90.00
SHBHCUT009 Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques 25 $250.00
SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches 20 $235.00
SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces 25 $35.00
SHBHCUT013 Provide men's general grooming services 25 $15.00
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape 40 $15.00
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20 $10.00
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base 35 $10.00
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 25 $15.00
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions 25 $10.00
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients 40 $10.00
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45 $10.00
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team 30 $10.00
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40 $15.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation 20 $10.00
SHBHCLS002 Colour and lighten hair 65 $40.00
SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving 30 $15.00
SHBHREF002 Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments 45 $25.00
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services 20 $10.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,035.00
Concession rate $410.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $10,800.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $1,692.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.