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.

Paraskevi International is proud to offer you Nationally Recognised Training in our modern, custom designed training rooms and salon in South Townsville. Our courses consist of essential theory, relevant practical activities and rostered salon hours. Our goal is to provide our students with an interactive and fun learning environment with as much hands-on experience in the salon as possible. We are excited to offer you real salon experience, right from the first week! Our talented educators will give you regular progression reviews to monitor your success and if needed, organise additional one-on-one tuition.

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Course Requirements

To achieve a SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering, you must successfully complete 26 units, comprising of 21 core units and 5 elective units.

Duration and Study Options

The expected nominal hours of this qualification are 785 hours. It is expected that the program would be of less duration for participants who have completed components of the qualification. The number of relevant hours of credit granted for these candidates will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Fast-Track Program: is great for those who wish to study this course on a Full-Time or Part-Time basis. Attendance can range from 1 day to 5 days a week depending on your work / life commitments. The course is expected to take 10 to 12 months for full-time students depending on prior learning and competencies. The course includes: Full hairdressing kit (including scissors, brushes, hairdryer etc), all textbooks, E-learning access, and Employment opportunities.

School-based Apprenticeships: allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as your Senior Certificate AND you get paid working in your chosen field. Generally available to students from Year 10, students may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship when they finish school to allow them to complete the qualification. You will be required to attend “Off Job” Training 1 day a week.

Apprenticeships: combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss, with a real wage that upon successful completion will allow you to become a qualified tradesperson. “Off Job” Training is usually 1 day a week. Apprentices work and train usually from 36 to 38 hours a week full-time and no less than 15 hours each week part-time, averaged over a 4-week cycle. 

Course Units


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide shampoo and basin services


Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation


Design haircut structures


Create one length or solid haircut structures


Create graduated haircut structures


Create layered haircut structures


Cut hair using over-comb techniques


Create combined haircut structures


Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut structures


Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques


Design and maintain beards and moustaches


Shave heads and faces


Provide men’s general grooming services


Dry hair to shape


Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas


Research and use hairdressing industry information


Develop and expand a client base


Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions


Conduct salon financial transactions


Provide salon services to clients


Recommend products and services


Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment


Communicate as part of a salon team


Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices


Receive and handle retail stock

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for this qualification. All fee for service students must be 15 years of age or older. The minimum age for apprentices and trainees is 13 years of age. 

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) informs the identification and description of underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy features and requirements within competency standards. The learner’s language, literacy and numeracy levels are expected to be equivalent to Level 3 of the ACSF. Testing methods will include reading and writing, oral communication, numeracy and mathematics.

Credit Transfer (CT)

CT is the recognition of previous subjects successfully studied and completed by you that satisfies the competency requirements of one or more subjects required to be successfully studied and completed for this Qualification. Participants wanting to apply for CT must be able to produce evidence by way of copies of previous qualifications.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning is the recognition of knowledge, skills and experience gained by you through either life and/or work experience, formal and/or informal training, and/or education that satisfies the competency requirements of one or more subjects required to be successfully studied and completed for this Qualification. Participants wanting to apply for RPL must be able to produce evidence by way of copies of previous qualifications and/other supporting evidence to be eligible for the RPL process.

Study Outcomes

On completion of your studies you will receive a SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing Qualification Certificate, issued by Paraskevi International.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Senior Hairdresser
  • Barber in any industry environment
  • Wedding & Formal Hair Stylist

Pathways Information

After achieving SHB30416 Certificate III in Hairdressing, graduates may undertake:

SHB30516 Certificate III in Barbering
SHB40216 Certificate IV in Hairdressing
SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management
SHB80116 Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative Leadership