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.

Course Details

26 Units must be completed:

21 Core Units

5 Elective Units


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 service 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.
  • SHBXCCS004: Recommend products and services.
  • SIRRINV001: Receive and handle retail stock.
  • SIRRMER001: Produce visual merchandise displays.

Note: Course duration may vary due to prior qualifications and credit transfers applied.

Above list only includes units selected by Vibe College in delivering. However, there are more units listed within training package for elective units. Vibe College may change the units in agreement with students and related stakeholder to meet the need of learners/changing industry trend.


  • Depending upon the nationality of the student, year 11 (Australian equivalent year 11) may be sufficient*.
  • Students must have completed at least an Australian year 12 equivalent.
  • Or Mature Age Students who do not have any qualification – they must pass the Internal LLN/English Placement Test*.
*Applicable for student nationalities and who would fall under SSVF matrix.


  • The student must provide evidence of attaining an overall IELTS score of 6 bands or equivalent scores on a similar test (such as TOEFL, PTE, etc).
  • Or the student must have attained at least Upper Intermediate level of English and must provide evidence of the same.
  • Or the student must pass Vibe’s relevant Internal English Placement Test.
  • Or the student must have completed Certificate III in Spoken and Written English.


The Student can be exempted from English Language Requirements if:

  • They are enrolled in full-time school studies as a principal course including in a secondary exchange programme, a postgraduate research course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students.
  • Or they have completed at least five years’ study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Or they have, in the two years before applying for the student visa, completed in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while he/she held a student visa.

Vibe College has a number of options to allow you to select a payment method best suited to your financial needs. Course fees can be paid in person, by phone, internet banking, or credit card.

Fee for Service

  • Option 1: Upfront 100% Payment.
    You can pay course fees in full upfront either by direct debit or credit card. A direct debit or direct withdrawal of funds can be arranged and scheduled from your nominated bank account. We accept payments by MasterCard or Visa.
  • Options 2: Payment Plan
    You are required to make first installment before course commencement and make the remaining payments through convenient installments weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per semester. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Options 3: Direct Debit
    You can arrange direct debit payments to us with your banking provider
  • Options 4: Credit Card
    We accept payments by MasterCard or Visa.

Note: Payments by  MasterCard and Visa credit Card attract a 2.5% surcharge  which will be added to the payment account being made. American express credit cards attract a 3% surcharge.

Study Outcomes

On completion of your studies you will receive a Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516 Qualification certificate, issued by VIBE COLLEGE.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Barber
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser

Pathways Information

After achieving Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516,
individuals may undertake:

SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing

SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management


Certificate III in Barbering includes no mandatory requirement for practical placement. However, we do assist our student to get in touch with various employers to obtain practical experience.

Vocational placement helps you prepare for the real world with real-life skills. For more information on work placement or support services that we are able to offer, please feel free to contact us or talk to your course adviser at Vibe College today.

Govt. Guidlines

We are currently in the process of updating all the information with recent changes announced by Department of Home Affairs. In the meantime, if you need any information, please reach out to college administration directly via email ([email protected]). Sorry for any inconvenience caused.