Barbering Apprenticeship Course Melbourne
SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering


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Marjorie Milner College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 3930) that specialises in Barbering, Hairdressing, and Floristry Training. The College endeavours to provide the highest level of professionalism and training within these industries and is continually seeking input from industry as to current trends and techniques. The College is committed to a quality assurance approach and undertakes to continually update and improve its training, assessment and services.

Marjorie Milner College provides a caring and nurturing environment for students as well as exceptional industry expertise from its trainers. Students will be supported and encouraged to reach their full potential whilst training at MMC.

Marjorie Milner College is responsible for the quality of its training and assessment and prides itself on the quality of its graduates. The College strives to ensure its students are industry ready before they complete their training and is responsible for the issuance of all AQF certification documentation to its students.

Before enrolling in a course with Marjorie Milner College, it is imperative that you read and understand what is expected of you and what you can expect from MMC. The pre-enrolment handbook is designed to inform you of the training and assessment undertaken at MMC, the support services provided by the College and of your rights and obligations as a student.

Gregory R. Milner
M.Ed, Principal

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin


Barbering Apprenticeship Course Melbourne Qualification Description

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.

School-Based Barbering Apprenticeship also available.

If you have any questions about a school-based apprenticeship please call the College.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for a Barbering Apprenticeship Course in Melbourne and Victoria. However, you must work as an apprentices in a Barber Shop or a Hairdressing Salon with a Barbering focus.

What does SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering involve.

The Certificate III in Barbering involves theory and practical work which will develop your skills in barbering services and in working as a team within a barbering environment. Such skills may include communicating in the workplace, consulting with clients, selling products and services, and designing and applying a broad range of technical barbering services on clients.

After finishing the Certificate III in Barbering qualification, you will be a qualified barber with a range of well-developed skills.

Live clients

Marjorie Milner College recommends that as part of your course, you invite your family and friends to practice on. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of products and services. If you can’t find models, MMC will attempt to source clients for practical sessions.



Once you have completed the Certificate III in Barbering, you can confidently and competently work in a Melbourne Barber Shop or within the Victoria Barbering Industry. You may choose to travel around Australia to work in a series of different barbering environments as this qualification is recognised Australia wide. You may also decide to move into different areas involving barbering including product management and allied trades or utilise your barbering skills overseas.


Classes follow the Victorian school term dates, with four terms to a year. Classes will run on a Tuesday and Thursday each week between 9:00am and 4:00pm at the Surrey Hills Campus. Weekend classes may be available depending on trainer availability and student numbers. The qualification is a maximum of 855 hours in Victoria which should take students approximately one year to finish. As training is competency based it may take some students longer and some students may be able to finish faster.


The Certificate III in Barbering has all assessment methods outlined on the Training Plan for each unit. A brief overview of what assessments students can expect in the course are:

  • Written assessment
  • Practical assessment


There is professional equipment and tools that are required to work within the Barbering Industry. These must be sourced by the student using a barbering equipment list provided by Marjorie Milner College. Marjorie Milner College can recommend suppliers that hold the relevant equipment you will need. Students are not expected to buy all equipment for the beginning of the course, instead many students will build up their kit over time. The price quoted under the fees page is an approximation only. Some students may choose to purchase tools that are more expensive than those that we used for the cost approximation.

Download SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering Tool List


Eligibility Check for Government Funding

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Victorian Government Funded Tuition Fees
Click here to view the course fees. Tuition Fees may vary depending on electives selected.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.


All fees on the Course Fees page are relevant to 2019. These fees may be subject to change in subsequent calendar years. The tuition fees you pay will depend on your eligibility for government subsidised training. Note that each course has a relevant yearly education amenities fee which must be paid each year that a student is on course.

Concession fee rates are available to eligible students who hold a recognised concession card, such as a health care card. Full fee payers and Diploma course students are ineligible for concession rates.

Fees are due upon commencement. Students may not have to pay the full amount upfront depending on the duration of the course.

Students with relevant Credit Transfers from previous studies may be eligible to receive a discount on fees. Tuition Fees may vary depending on electives selected.

Click here to visit the Barbering Course Fees page.


Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment are outlined in the Pre-enrolment handbook.


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Assessment Methods:

The Certificate III in Barbering Training Plan will outline all assessment tools for each unit. An overview is outlined below:

      • Written assessment
      • Practical assessment (Live models will be required, Mannequin Heads)
      • Project work
      • Role Plays
      • Drawing

Units of Competency

MMC will deliver units supplied by Service Skills.

Units of Competency

MMC delivers 26 units of competency in the SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering. 

SHBXCCS002- Provide salon services to clients

SHBHBAS001- Provide shampoo and basin services

SIHHIND201A – Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas

SHBXWHS001 – Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices

SHBHDES001 – Dry hair to shape

SHBXIND002 – Communicate as part of a salon team

SHBHCUT002 – Design haircut structures

SHBHCUT002 – Create one length or solid haircut structures

SHBHCUT003 -Create graduated haircut structures

SHBXCCS001 – Conduct salon financial transactions

SHBHCUT004 – Create layered haircut structures

SHBHCUT005 – Cut hair using over-comb techniques

BSBSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

SHBHCUT006 – Create combined haircut structures

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

SHBHCUT010 – Create haircuts using tracks and carving

SHBHTRI001 – Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions

SHBXIND001 – Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment

SHBHIND003 – Develop and expand a client base

SHBXCCS004 – Recommend products and services

SIRXMKT002 – Use social media to engage customers

BSBEBU401 – Review and maintain a website