SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering

VU course code: SHB30516 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
Face to Face with eLearning
City Campus, Industry
15 July 2024
31 October 2024


Become a qualified barber and learn the full range of barbering skills and hairdressing techniques when you study the Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516.

You will develop traditional barbering techniques and specialist urban barbering skills.

Learning from industry experts, you will also learn how to consult clients and promote products and services.

The course equips you with practical skills in:

  • designing and styling men’s hair, including fades
  • hair and scalp treatment techniques
  • men’s grooming
  • foundation cutting, combination mens’ cutting, scissor and clippering techniques
  • head and face shaving.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To be awarded SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering qualification, 26 units consisting of:

  • 21 core units;
  • 5 elective units, of which:
  • 3 units must be selected from the electives listed in the SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering qualification;
  • 2 units may be selected from the electives listed in the SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering qualification, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.


Fees & scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




This course is designed to provide students with the ability and knowledge to work within the contemporary barbering industry. Upon successful completion students are job-ready and recognised within the hairdressing industry as a fully qualified barber and hairdresser.

VU stories

The Town Barber
Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516
"The most valuable thing I got out of my training experience is the knowledge I have gained, both technical and business-related. These lifelong skills enabled me to start my own business and be my own boss."
Matt's story