Certificate III in Barbering


This qualification reflects the role of barbers who use a range of well-developed sales, consultation and technical skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of barbering services to clients. They use discretion and judgement to provide client services and take responsibility for the outcomes of their own work.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a barber in any industry environment, usually a barber shop or salon.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Possible job titles include:

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser – men’s specialty

Pathways from the qualification
On completion of this course, you can continue your journey by progressing through higher qualifications. Some of the qualifications available include:

Certificate IV Diplomas
Certificate IV in Hairdressing Diploma in Salon Management

Course structure

Packaging rules:
26 units must be completed:

  • 21 core units
  • 5 elective units from the list below.
  • 3 units from the listed electives
  • 2 units from the list below, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package,or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

Sample Training Plan:
Below is a sample unit list.

Core Units

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

Elective Units

  • SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
  • SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
  • SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving
  • SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information
  • SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services

Course Code:

Certificate III

Delivery mode:

Course Fees:
New apprenticeships commencing from 1 July 2019 are fully subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.