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Learn the fundamentals and key skills to becoming a qualified Barber

SHB30516 - Certificate III in Barbering

12 months
Delivery Mode
Government Funding
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Course Overview

The revival of men’s grooming and interest in the culture of Barbering has created the opportunity for more skilled Barbers than ever before!  This course will assist you in developing skills in barbering foundations, essential cutting techniques, grooming and retail services.


You will undertake work independently, with limited guidance from others, to perform routine and non-routine activities and solve non-routine problems. You will apply and adapt technical skills and knowledge and use judgment in the provision of barbering services.

Target Audience

This qualification is for those who wish to start a career in the barbering industry and work in a barbershop or start their own barbering business. This course has been designed for those who have minimal or no skills in a barbering industry that enjoy face to face interactive learning, with a high content of practical application to skills acquisition.

The course welcomes people with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds who want to pursue a career in the barbering industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Barbe
  • Barber Shop Owner
  • Barbering Educator/Trainer
  • Barber Fashion/Trend Designer
  • Barbering Journalist/Editor
  • Retail Barber Product Sales Personnel
  • Barber Shop Products & Suppliers Assistant
  • Receptionist in Barbering & Hairdressing Salon
  • Barbering Equipment Sales Representative

Course Duration

Typically, 12 months including school holidays preriods, and may vary on individual applicants’ circumstances.

The duration may be reduced for individual Learner if credit towards the qualification is given in the form of recognition of prior learning, credit transfer or where the learner has some industry experience where skill gap training may be a more appropriate training program for that learner.

This information is collected and analysed during information and enrolment session.

Delivery Locations

This course is delivered in the following locations

Avante Education Skills Training Centre

Avante Education Campus

Avante Education Campus


For SHB30516 – Certificate III in Barbering the following pre-requisites apply

SHBHCUT001 – Design hair cut structure is a pre-requisite for the following units

  • SHBHCUT002 – Create on length or solid haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT003 – Create graduated haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT004 – Create a layered haircut structure
  • SHBHCUT005 – Cut hair using over-comb techniques
  • SHBHCUT009 – Cut using freehand clipper techniques


SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures

  • SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites of study requirements for entry into this qualification.

  • New entrants are invited to apply.
  • People with some experience are invited to apply.
  • People with disabilities are invited to apply.


Minimum technology requirements


Prospective learners will be required to go through a formal face to face and/ or CiRT Interview with one of our Learning Pathway Advisors to establish whether the desired course is the correct qualification for their career path/job prospects.

Applicants who have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification are not required to complete a LLN Assessment.

As part of the Pre-training interview process with a prospective learner, a digital literacy evaluation will be conducted (PC Skills) to ensure that they will be successfully able to complete a course with an online component.

This includes but not limited to:

  • The ability to logon to a computer
  • Access emails and click a link within an email.
  • Login into an online database (LLN Tool)
  • Use a mouse and keyboard.
  • Read and respond to online text.


Candidates who meet the minimum requirements for LLN evaluation would be considered to meet PC Literacy requirements

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements for LLN evaluation will be evaluated individually.

Units of Competency

To achieve SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency:

26 units of competency:

  • 21 Core units
  • 5 Elective units
Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tool, equipment and work areas
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services
SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape
SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures
SHBHCUT002 Create on length or solid haircut structures
SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures
SHBHCUT004 Create a layered haircut structure
SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures
SHBHCUT013 Provide men’s general grooming services
SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
SHBHCUT009 Cut using freehand clipper techniques
SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches
SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces
SHBHIND003 Develop and expand a client base


The electives selected for the qualification are the following

Unit CodeUnit Name
SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving
SHBXPSM003 Promote a personal services business
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock


Avante Education have selected the following forms of Assessment Methods

  • Written questions
  • Formative practical observation
  • Summative practical observation
  • Project


The assessment process will include the gathering of evidence to demonstrate the learner’s competency as demonstrated in the workplace and underpinning knowledge in theory-based assessments.

Trainers will be provided with detailed instructions to assessment requirements for each unit. (The specific methods for each Unit of Competency are identified within this document under ‘Evidence Gathering Techniques’; further detail is available in the Assessor Assessment Guide).

This is a competency-based program, assessment occurs throughout the entire program until the learner either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or any further training needs are identified and addressed.

Accreditation & Award

Upon successful completion of all units which meet the packaging rules in this course of study, learners will be awarded the qualificationSHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering

The issuance of this qualification is subject to:

Credit Transfer

Avante Education has a policy to acknowledge formal Statements of Attainments issued by another RTO.

Where learners have made an application for Credit Transfer on any of the equivalent units in this qualification, credit will be granted, and the learner will not be required to repeat the training in those units where application has been made and credit has been granted.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The competencies in this qualification may be attained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL takes into consideration the candidates’ previous training, work and life experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) opportunities will be identified and addressed during the pre-training interview process.

Learners will also be provided with an RPL Candidate guide to assist the learner in identifying any Recognition of Prior Learning either through previous training, work, or life experience or to how to prepare a portfolio of evidence.


All learners a required to have a device which meet the minimum requirements of our Student BYOD policy.

Motown Barbers

We offer professional fully equipped commercial barbershops. Practical skills formation activities are performed under the supervision of qualified trainers and assessors.

Fees & Funding

This is our standard fee based on a full program enrolment. Program fees vary based on each individual’s enrolment details. Final course fees are offered after an individual assessment.  For more information click here

Application Fee $200 $200
Digital Learner Resources1 $80 $80
Tuition Fee TBA 02
Materials Kit for Trade $1,3953 $1,3953
  • 1 - Accessing the learner resources can either be digital (online access via a personal computer or mobile device) or hardcopy (printed learner resources). Printed learner resources are an extra $420
  • 2 - Tuition Fee for students eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training
  • 3 - Must be purchased prior to commencement. The kit includes all tools necessary to complete all practical assessments

Payment Options

We have payment options to suit your needs.   Payment options are selected in the Pre-Training Review stage after your initial application

  • humm Buy Now, Pay Later
  • zip Buy Now, Pay Later
  • Credit Card


Once you officially accept your Letter of Offer in your Pre-Training Proposal payment can be made to then be official enrolled into the program

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Pay via Credit Card
Pay via credit card via our payment gateway once you receive your official invoice via email.


If you have decided that you are ready to start the SHB30516 – Certificate III in Barbering course then please apply for one of our upcoming intakes below.

When you apply for an intake, you will fill out the Enrolment form online and you will received confirmation details once payment has been made at the end of this form.

If you have any question about any of our upcoming intakes or you can’t find one that suits you, then please fill out the enquiry form here and we will be happy to assist you further.

course tile - SHB30516 - Certificate III in Barbering
Intake Name Location Course Start Date Course End Date
BA311T2-0140/C2201 | Apprenticeships Captivate Campus | 20 Annastasia Way, Sunshine North VIC 3020

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