Develop cutting-edge skills and take grooming to the next level. This course is designed to build the knowledge and experience of aspiring barbers, ready for work in this thriving industry.
At Community College Gippsland, students learn practical skills in a salon environment, with professional products and real clients. Our trainers are fully qualified with current industry experience. Topics covered include fading, carving, cutting and shaving hair, maintaining moustaches and beards, clipper and razor techniques, hair and scalp conditions, and managing the operations of a barbershop.
You can also complete this qualification as an apprenticeship.
Classroom-based training with practical work experience skills training in our registered hair and beauty salon. Some parts of the course may be available online. We expect two hours per week of study outside the scheduled training time. You can join an addional study day with a trainer, weekly at the Warragul Campus, 9am – 1pm by appointment.
The full qualification is 26 units of competence: 21 core units and five elective units.
- SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape 40
- SHBHCUT001 Design haircut structures 20
- SHBHCUT002 Create one length or solid haircut structures 30
- SHBHCUT003 Create graduated haircut structures 35
- SHBHCUT004 Create layered haircut structures 35
- SHBHCUT005 Cut hair using over-comb techniques 30
- SHBHCUT007 Create combined traditional and classic men’s haircut designs 45
- SHBHIND003 Develop and expand on a client base 35
- SHBHTRI001 Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions 25
- SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions 25
- SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients 40
- BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
- SHBHCUT009 Cut hair using freehand clipper techniques 25
- SHBHCUT012 Shave heads and faces 25
- SHBHCUT011 Design and maintain beards and moustaches 20
- SHBHCUT013 Provide men’s general grooming services 25
- SHBHBAS001 Provide shampoo and basin services 40
- SHBXIND001 Comply with organisation requirements within a personal services environment 45
- SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team 30
- SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
- SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas 20
- SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information 15
- SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services 20
- SHBHCUT006 Create combined haircut structures 45
- SHBHCUT010 Create haircuts using tracks and carving 30
- SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation 20
- 17 years or older
- hold a minimum of Year 9 or equivalent
- good computer application skills
- attend a pre-enrolment interview. At the interview (1 hour approx.) you will:
- Discuss course requirements and your suitability
- Discuss your general work, learning experiences and, your career and employment pathways
- Complete an online skills review so we can understand your literacy and numeracy levels and discuss the level of study that would be best for you
- Check your eligibility for a Skills First Government-funded place
- Be given a quote for course fees
Work placement requirement
- COVID and flu vaccination required
Qualification entry requirements: Nil
Licensing requirements: Nil
The total course fees listed below are approximate and based on:
- the total unit of competency hours at enrolment for the calendar year (January to December), plus materials and amenity fees
- completion of the full course within 18 months
Fees for unit enrolments started in 2023 are subject to change
Skills First full fee
- Tuition fee (teaching and training) $6.00 per student contact hour
- Course tuition fee $4680.00
- Material fee (resources) $384.95
- Amenities fee $78.00
- Total course fee $5142.95
Skills First concession fee
- Tuition fee (teaching and training) $1.20 per student contact hour
- Course tuition fee $936.00
- Material fee (resources) $384.95
- Amenities fee $78.00
- Total course fee $1398.95
Fee for service
- Tuition fee (teaching and training) $13.00 per student contact hour
- Course tuition fee $10140.00
- Material fee (resources) $384.95
- Amenities fee $78.00
- Total course fee $10602.95
The tuition fees as published are subject to change given the individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. At the pre-enrolment interview we will give you a Statement of Fees Course Quote for the proposed course of study.
This qualification provides Nationally Recognised Training and is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. People with a disability are encouraged to apply.
The Skills First Government contribution to this course is approx. $12.75 student contact hour.
You may be eligible to receive Government funding to support the course fees. If you have a concession card and are eligible for a funded place, we will charge a smaller fee. CCG can provide students with a payment plan to help pay fees. Refer to the Skills First Eligibility Checklist below to check your eligibility for a government-funded place. Eligibility will be checked at the pre-enrolment interview. If you think you might be eligible; bring supporting documents to the interview.
We will guide you through the process to check your eligibility at the pre-enrolment interview.
Skills First funded place eligibility criteria
You must live permanently in Victoria and be:
- an Australian citizen; or
- a holder of a permanent resident visa; or
- a New Zealand citizen
You must present one of the following proof of Australian Citizenship/Residency:
- Australian or New Zealand birth certificate (not extract)
- Australian or New Zealand citizenship certificate
- Current Australian or New Zealand passport
- Current green Medicare Card
- Proxy declaration for individuals in exceptional circumstances (clarification during interview)
- Australian Certificate of Registration by Descent
- Formal confirmation of permanent residence granted by the Department of Home Affairs (or its successor) AND the student’s foreign passport or ImmiCard
- Visa entitlement verification online system (VEVO) confirmation that the student holds a valid Bridging Visa Class E, Safe Haven Enterprise Visa, Temporary Protection visa, Bridging Visa class F, Humanitarian Stay (temporary) (subclass 449) Visa or Temporary (humanitarian concern)(subclass 786) Visa
- a Referral to Government Subsidised Training – Asylum Seekers’ form from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the Australian Red Cross
The ‘upskilling requirement’
A Skills First student must:
- be under 20 years of age (at 1 January in the year of starting training). Please present driver’s license/learners permit, key pass identity card, proof of age card or foreign passport at pre-enrolment interview.
- be 20 years of age or older (as at 1 January in the year of starting training) and enrolling in:
- a program that is at a higher AQF level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled start of training (‘upskilling’);
- a program on the Foundation Skills List (unless the individual already holds a qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma)
- training as an Apprentice (not Trainee) under an Approved Training Scheme
Limits on the amount of training that can be subsidised
A Skills First Student can only:
- begin a maximum of two Skills First subsidised skill sets or AQF qualifications in a calendar year. If a student is enrolled in a program(s) that is scheduled to start later in that calendar year, this program(s) must be counted for the purpose of this limit;
- study a maximum of two Skills First subsidised programs at any one time (the ‘2 at a time’ limit);
- start a maximum of two government-subsidised programs in their lifetime that are at the same AQF level (the ‘2 at level in a lifetime’ limit).
Eligibility exemptions may apply, and can be discussed at the pre-enrolment interview.
- CCG Hair and Beauty School tunic uniform
- Professional hairdressing and barbering textbook
- Certificate II Hairdressing Kit
- pen and paper
- access to a computer and the internet
At the time of enrolment and before the course or training starts one of the following payment options must be made. Payment confirms the student’s place in the course.
- Pay all course fees at enrolment
- Commit to a payment plan via direct debit arrangement with EZIPAY
- Material fees cannot be included in the direct debit and must be paid for in full at enrolment.
- A minimum deposit of 10% of the course tuition fees for the units selected for the calendar year.
- Payments can be made fortnightly, or monthly.
Request a payment plan if you require support to pay your course fees.
If you withdraw from your course by written notice within 4 weeks of the date you completed your enrolment/ payment process and up to within 4 weeks of the course commencement date (using the Course Withdrawal form) you will receive a refund on your tuition fee, minus a $50.00 administration fee. A refund of any materials purchased from CCG will be dependent on the condition of the unused materials and is determined by the Director of Education & Training. The form must be submitted to the Customer Service Officer at any CCG campus location or the Director of Education & Training. You are not entitled to any refund if you withdraw after the four week period. If a course is cancelled by CCG at any time during the period of a person’s enrolment, CCG will refund the pro-rata portion of the tuition fees, amenity fees, and fees for materials that have not been used prior to the date of cancellation.
CCG can supply individual language, literacy and numeracy support if needed. Ask about available options at the pre-enrolment interview.
Skills recognition is a generic term used to cover the ways an individual’s skills, experience, knowledge, and qualifications can be formally acknowledged. These may include either Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT).
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Apply to have your skills and knowledge assessed, with the aim of getting a formal qualification. Request to apply for RPL during the interview process and before enrolment
- Credit Transfer (CT) and National Recognition (NR): Apply for units of a completed accredited course identified as equivalent to the units in the course you are interested. CCG recognises Australian Quality Framework qualifications and statements of attainment issued to students by other Registered Training Organisation’s (RTO’s) within Australia. Request to apply for a Credit Transfer during the interview process and before enrolment
Throughout your study you will complete assessments for each unit of competence against the training you have received. You will receive a Student Assessment Guide that outlines the tasks for each unit of competence that you will be assessed against. You are expected to attempt each assessment task outlined in the Student Assessment Guide. CCG will retain your original work submitted. Once the tasks have been attempted you will receive feedback from your Trainer and Assessor on the outcomes achieved.
Accredited courses and qualifications are continually updated and improved to meet current industry standards. Students enrolled in a course or qualification that is superseded during the time enrolled may need to transition into the new qualification. If required, CCG will discuss this transition with affected students on an individual basis.
If you are studying a Nationally Recognised course in Australia, you need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links all your training records and results that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. You need your USI to enrol. Visit www.usi.gov.au for instructions or CCG can provide you with a guide if needed.
To request your student details, submit the 602-1A Student access to records form to your Teacher/Trainer or the Director of Education and Training.
All students receive a Statement of Results, Statement of Attainment or Certificate after completing their study. If required, students can buy:
- a replacement Certificate or Statement of Attainment for a fee of $30; or
- request a copy of the original for a fee of $20
CCG is required to collect and submit data under the National and Victorian data use policy.
For more information on how CCG collects and uses your information refer to :
During your course you will be asked to complete an online student survey. It takes about 10 minutes and gives you the opportunity to tell CCG about your learning experience. As a student of Community College Gippsland, you may also:
- Receive a survey from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
- Receive an invitation to participate in a project endorsed by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (the Department)
- Receive an invitation to participate in the Department’s annual student outcome survey, and/or
- Be contacted by the Department for audit, review or investigation purposes.