Be part of the dynamic men’s grooming industry of Barbering.

In this qualification you will gain the skills and knowledge to be employed as a creative barber, working as part of a team in a Barbering and Hair Salon environment. You will become competent in communicating in the workplace, consulting with clients, recommending products and services, and designing a range of technical, head and face shaving, freehand clipper designs and beard and moustache services. You will build skills and learn to apply discretion. You’ll also be responsible for your own creative design.

Industry Placement

CIT is a fully accredited Pivot Point school enabling us to use state of the art resources on campus, off campus and online. Our salons replicate a commercial barber/salon environment – working on clients – which makes the learning journey more enjoyable and practical to barbering clientele.

  • Course Details

    Certificate III in Barbering | SHB30516
    CRICOS: 094153E

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Intake

    2021 Semester 2 (July)

    2022 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2021-2022: $6,850 per semester

    Extra Fees:

    Material fees: $1385

    Barbering Pivot Point Kit: $680

    Pivot Point Textbooks: $355 approx.

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2021 and 2022 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate or equivalent

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to  Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements

    Students must meet one of the following English requirements:

  • Course Subjects - Certificate III

    Certificate III in Barbering | SHB30516 — 26 subjects

    Core: complete all 21 subjects

    • 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 structure
    • SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques
    • SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut cutting 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
    • SHBHDES001A Dry hair to shape
    • SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work area
    • 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
    • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

    Electives: complete all 5 subjects

    • SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
    • SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures
    • SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving
    • SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
    • SHBHIND004 Participate in session styling teams
  • Likely Job Outcome


  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    This program is delivered using a variety of teaching methods including face-to-face lecture style or smaller tutorial groups, learning in simulated hairdressing salons and on-line learning through e-Learn.

    Predominantly students will be assessed through a formal observation checklist according to the required skills and knowledge of the subject within a salon environment on a client. The times and dates can often be negotiated between yourself and the teacher, however assessments are identified and scheduled within a time range at the beginning of each subject. Assessment outcomes are based on competency. You will generally have a small amount of theory based assessment which will normally be in an online quiz format or on the Client Consultation Sheet.