Certificate III in Barbering

Certificate III in Barbering

Course Code
Creative Industries
Study Area(s)
Hair and Beauty, Hairdressing
Course Length
Full-time(7 months)
Part-time day(1 year, 6 months)

Start Date(s): February 2019
May 2019 (Part time/Evenings)
End Date(s): Full time - Approx 7 months from commencement
Part time - Approx 16 months from commencement
Days and Time: Full time - 3 days per week
Part time - 2 evenings per week
Training times for apprentice students are determined based on workplace requirements.

Course Overview

The men’s grooming industry is thriving creating a high demand for skilled barbers.

Kangan Institute’s Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516) will give you the knowledge and expertise to get started in this creative and dynamic field. 

The qualification focuses on the craft of barbering and teaches the traditions of ‘old school’ barbering and specialist urban barbering techniques. You'll learn from industry experts and hone your skills working on real clients in our modern purpose-built training facilities located at our Richmond campus.

You will learn:

  • Freehand clipper techniques
  • Face and head shaving
  • Beard and moustache styling
  • Head neck and shoulder massage
  • Traditional men’s haircuts
  • Urban hair cuts
  • Retailing skills
  • How to build a client base.

You’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification and the confidence to work in any barbershop or salon as a men’s stylist!

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBSUS201Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices20
SHBHBAS001Provide shampoo and basin services40
SHBHCUT001Design haircut structures20
SHBHCUT002Create one length or solid haircut structures30
SHBHCUT003Create graduated haircut structures35
SHBHCUT004Create layered haircut structures35
SHBHCUT005Cut hair using over-comb techniques30
SHBHCUT007Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures45
SHBHCUT009Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques25
SHBHCUT011Design and maintain beards and moustaches20
SHBHCUT012Shave heads and faces25
SHBHCUT013Provide men's general grooming services25
SHBHDES001Dry hair to shape40
SHBHIND001Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas20
SHBHIND003Develop and expand a client base35
SHBHTRI001Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions25
SHBXCCS001Conduct salon financial transactions25
SHBXCCS002Provide salon services to clients40
SHBXIND001Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment45
SHBXIND002Communicate as part of a salon team30
SHBXWHS001Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices40


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
SHBHBAS002Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation20
SHBHIND002Research and use hairdressing industry information15
SHBXCCS004Recommend products and services20
SIRRINV001Receive and handle retail stock35

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment will include mostly practical assessment methods with some written or oral assessments. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

Assessment for apprentices may include some on the job assessments.

What will I study?

You will study the Certificate III in Barbering and all related core and elective modules. If you have previously completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing, you may be eligible for credits on certain units. This can be discussed with us at the time of application.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.


For Business and Industry

We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.

Call us on 1300 615 141 or contact us online for an obligation free consultation.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
770 770 $3.10 $0.62 $14.80

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. When you apply and are interviewed a Statement of Fees will be provided with Tuition, Materials & consumables fees

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months).

Applicants for the apprenticeship stream will need to be employed in the barbering industry.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at our state of the art Hair and Beauty training facility at the Richmond Campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course will prepare you for employment in the growing barbering industry.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will learn:

  • Freehand clipper techniques
  • Face and head shaving
  • Beard and moustache styling
  • Head neck and shoulder massage
  • Traditional men’s haircuts
  • Urban hair cuts
  • Retailing skills
  • How to build a client base.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the nationally recognised Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516).


What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Upon completing this course, you will be eligible for credit transfers into the Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416) allowing you to expand on your existing skills.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an online application form by clicking the yellow 'Apply Here' button above.  For further information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants for this course complete an assessment to evaluate their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.  This helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you. 

Applicants for the apprenticeship stream need to be employed within the Barbering industry.