skip to content

SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering


Next intake February 2025
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

The re-emergence of the barbershop has led to the need for specialist barbering skills for men, cutting and clipping, and maintaining facial hair. The Gordon offers specialist barber training to deliver the required skills. You will learn about men’s grooming services, shaving and freehand clipper work, and Pivot Point resources.

You will have real-life opportunities to develop skills in session styling in live photoshoots, catwalk parades, and on-film locations at events and  industry excursions.

Work placement/industry experience

Work experience is not required in this course but recommended, with an option to undertake 80 hours of placement, organised by the student. *If undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend work experience. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

Possible career outcomes

  • Qualified Barber
  • Salon supervisor
  • Session stylist

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

Contact us

Are you ready to start an aged care traineeship or want to find out more?


2024 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Timetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)    
2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 3 Feb 2025
Mon, Tues & Friday 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months    
2025 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply safe hygiene health and work practices SHBXWHS001 40
Communicate as part of a salon team SHBXIND002 30
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment SHBXIND001 45
Conduct salon financial transactions SHBXCCS001 25
Create combined traditional and classic men's haircut structures SHBHCUT007 45
Create graduated haircut structures SHBHCUT003 35
Create layered haircut structures SHBHCUT004 35
Create one length or solid haircut structures SHBHCUT002 30
Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques SHBHCUT009 25
Cut hair using over-comb techniques SHBHCUT005 30
Design and maintain beards and moustaches SHBHCUT011 20
Design haircut structures SHBHCUT001 20
Develop and expand a client base SHBHIND003 35
Dry hair to shape SHBHDES001 40
Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions SHBHTRI001 25
Maintain and organise tools equipment and work areas SHBHIND001 20
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS201 20
Provide men's general grooming services SHBHCUT013 25
Provide salon services to clients SHBXCCS002 40
Provide shampoo and basin services SHBHBAS001 40
Shave heads and faces SHBHCUT012 25
Elective Units Code Hours
Create combined haircut structures SHBHCUT006 45
Create haircuts using tracks and carving SHBHCUT010 30
Receive and handle retail stock SIRRINV001 35
Recommend products and services SHBXCCS004 20
Research and use hairdressing industry information SHBHIND002 15


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work    
  • Workplace tasks    
  • Written assignments    
  • Team projects    
  • Tests    
  • Photoshoots

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.93 per hour 795 AUD $739.00 AUD $11,115.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.65 per hour 795 AUD $3,697.00 AUD $11,115.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $17.38 per hour 795 AUD $13,817.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $780.00
Education Levy AUD $119.25
Resources AUD $550.00 Once
Barbering Kit - Additional cost AUD $720.00 Once
Equipment Levy AUD $50.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 23/07/2024 8:00:09 AM