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Barber Courses

Barbers style and cut men’s hair and traditionally worked from a barber shop displaying the famous red, white, and blue swirled poles outside. As a barber you won’t just be cutting hair though, your work day could also include shaving beards, shampooing hair, massaging, grooming, and applying colouring treatments.

When not cutting and styling hair, a savvy barber will also be found arranging appointments, ordering supplies, selling hair and skin products, processing financial transactions, and keeping equipment clean and sanitised. As a qualified barber you could open your own barbershop or mobile barbering service.

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Popular Barber Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Barber.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Barbers earn?

In Australia, a full time Barber generally earns $1,025 per week ($53,300 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Barbers?

Opportunities for Barbers in Australia are expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years as more than 31,000 new jobs for hairdressers and barbers open up around the country. Barbers traditionally work in men’s barber shops, but can also find employment with hair and beauty salons, day spas, cruise ships, upmarket hotels and resorts.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Barber?

Barbers usually get started by completing an apprenticeship working under a qualified Barber. To prepare yourself for an apprenticeship try completing a VET qualification such as the Certificate II in Salon Assistant or Certificate III in Barbering. An apprenticeship can take 3-4 years to complete.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within hairdressing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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