Barbers and those wanting careers in barbering can now choose from an exciting new range of flexible course options at TAFE NSW Ultimo. Head Teacher, Donna Colombini said that a full suite of comprehensive barbering courses have been developed to support the training of barbering professionals and a future of a highly skilled barbering workforce.

Previously, barbers could only study hairdressing units that were not relevant or specific to the barbershop, which resulted in many not completing formal qualifications,” Donna said.  “With the new courses on offer at TAFE NSW Ultimo, the skills of these experienced craftspeople can now be recognised with a qualification that they deserve.”

Through a recognition process, skilled barbers can now gain a Certificate III in Barbering (SHB30516) with customised gap training, if required. Men and women wishing to enter the growing field of barbering may now take the new pathway option of a Certificate III Barbering Apprenticeship.

“Introduced in 2016, this course has proven the demand for barbering training with enrolments tripling since June,” Donna said.

“The Certificate III Barbering Apprenticeship requires students to be employed as barbering apprentices and attend TAFE one day per week.

“We understand that fitting training in with the needs of the barbershop business is important so delivery can be customised including flexible attendance and assessment options.”

Those wishing to complete their training more quickly may study full-time, combining study with part-time work in a barbershop. Another entry level opportunity is the Statement of Attainment in Barbering Essentials, which is an introductory evening course held over 15 weeks.

“The Statement of Attainment in Barbering Essentials provides basic barbering skills which will help learners develop confidence and kick-start a future in the expanding industry,” she said.

Qualified hairdressers are included in the course mix too.  Those who wish to finesse their existing barbering skills will benefit from The Statement of Attainment in Barbershop Techniques course.

“On one evening per week, students will develop barbering skills including fades, face shaves and men’s specific grooming techniques.

“Both of the Statement of Attainment courses contain units from the Certificate III in Barbering,” Donna said.

All the courses at TAFE NSW Ultimo are delivered by qualified barbers practising in the field with training materials and delivery designed to be completely relevant to today’s barbershop.

“Students work hard to develop the skills required, completing exercises with a highly practical focus,” Donna said.  “Initially they work on ‘mannequin heads’ and move onto real-life clients.

“The emphasis is on being able to complete the relevant competences, skills and timeframes specified by industry, so that student can contribute to their workplaces effectively.”