Certificate III in Barbering

National Code: SHB30516
TAFE SA Code: TP00901


Kick start your career as a barber with this comprehensive hands-on course. You'll learn all about grooming techniques, head and face shaving, and maintaining beards and moustaches. Develop your technical knowledge and practical skills in all aspects of haircutting including solid, graduation, layering, and combination haircutting to achieve contemporary and classic styles. The strong focus on key barbering skills means you will be job-ready to join this exciting and creative industry.

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42 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 42 month course
$373 - $460
$2,610 - $3,222
$218 - $269
$1,523 - $1,880
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a pathway to work as a barber in the hairdressing or barbering industry, usually a barber shop or salon.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516)
    A strong focus on fundamentals in knowledge and practical skills in all haircutting forms in solid, graduation, layers and combination haircutting for current and traditional styles. Specialisation in barbering skills such as clipper and scissor over comb, tapering skills, WHS and sustainability. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 21 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
    Communicate as part of a salon team 30
    Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Create combined traditional and classic mens haircut structures 45
    Create graduated haircut structures 35
    Create layered haircut structures 35
    Create one length or solid haircut structures 30
    Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques 25
    Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30
    Design and maintain beards and moustaches 20
    Design haircut structures 20
    Develop and expand a client base 35
    Dry hair to shape 40
    Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 25
    Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Provide mens general grooming services 25
    Provide salon services to clients 40
    Provide shampoo and basin services 40
    Shave heads and faces 25


    Name Nominal Hours
    Create combined haircut structures 45
    Plan hair services for special events 20
    Receive and handle retail stock 35
    Recommend products and services 20
    Research and use hairdressing industry information 15
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