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Project Barber

Take your hairdressing career to the next level with the Australian Hairdressing Council barber support program, and earn a fee-free* barber qualification with TAFE NSW. Upskill in just 10 weeks with hands-on skills gap training. 

Expand your services, attract new clients, and connect with our industry community through the Project Barber program.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.


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Sharpen your Skills

Elevate Your  Knowledge

With the TAFE NSW fee-free* (SHB30516) Certificate III Barbering, complete the hands-on skills gap training in as little as 10 weeks to sharpen your barbering skills. Gain access to a  wealth of knowledge in our exclusive H.E.L.P resource library. Stay updated with the latest barber trends and industry insights to stand out in your career.

Join a Community of Passionate Individuals

Project Barber also includes the opportunity to join an engaged community. Join an exclusive online community of participants, exchange knowledge, improve your skills, and get inspired by other aspiring barbers.

Upgrade your skills, fee-free

If you have a Certificate III in Hairdressing and have been working in the industry in the last five years, Project Barber is for you. Through our partnership with TAFE NSW, you'll gain the support and confidence to gain a formal qualification to set you apart in the industry.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.


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About Project Barber

Project Barber is a new 10 week training initiative by the Australian Hairdressing Council in conjunction with TAFE NSW.

Project Barber is a support program delivered by the Australian Hairdressing Council in collaboration with TAFE NSW, providing fee-free* hands-on training and formal qualification, giving participants a unique edge in their careers.

The AHC and TAFE NSW acknowledge the need for diverse, skilled hair professionals and have created this barber course to foster continuous learning.

Participation in the Project Barber program will provide you access to our exclusive wraparound program, the H.E.L.P resource library, brimming with industry insights, the latest barber trends, and regular mentorship from experienced professionals. In addition, you will have access to an exclusive online community of participants, barbering educators and industry experts. We have also partnered with HeadHunter Recruitment for those seeking employment after completion of the program.

If you are a Certificate III hairdresser, keen to broaden your horizons and enhance your career opportunities, we invite you to join the Project Barber program. To register your interest or apply, please click below to fill in our application form, and your relevant training location team will be in touch.

Spaces are limited, so don't delay.

Project Barber is a Trade Pathways Innovation Fund initiative.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where will Project Barber be available?

There are 16 TAFE NSW campuses providing the Project Barber program:
Sydney Region: Ultimo, Granville, Bankstown
South Region: West Wollongong, Moss Vale, Moruya, Albury
West Region: Orange, Tamworth
North Region: Newcastle, Gosford, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Wollongbar, Kingscliff

How long does the program run for?

Hands-on skills gap training is delivered over 10 weeks (1 x day per week).

Recognition of prior learning can be submitted up to May 2024, to gain the (SHB30516) Certificate III Barbering.

What is the eligibility criteria?

You must hold a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent overseas qualification), be 21 years of age or older, and have been working in the hair industry within the last five years.

To check eligibility for fee-free* training at TAFE NSW visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses

How much does the Project Barber course cost?

There is no cost to join the Project Barber program.

TAFE NSW (SHB30516) Certificate III Barbering is currently available fee-free*. To check eligibility visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses

How many students will be in the class?

15 maximum.

When does training start?

Each location will have a different date depending on student demand and educator timetables. The first programs will commence in September 2023 and the Project Barber program as a whole will conclude end May 2024.

Is this a face-to-face program or online?

Skills gap training is delivered at a TAFE NSW campus over 10 weeks face-to-face, with classes taking place one day a week. 

Access to an online education resource library called 'H.E.L.P' is included in the program once you are enrolled, as well as a Facebook group where you can connect with other students from around NSW. 

What sort of support is provided for students?

Project Barber provides a full wraparound support program that sets participants up for success, plus access to a thriving online community of likeminded individuals and experienced professionals who are passionate about their craft.
Students will benefit from an exclusive resource library called ‘H.E.L.P’, filled with cutting-edge techniques, industry insights, practical support, and the latest trends in barbering. The ‘H.E.L.P’ program comprises four modules – Health (H), Education (E), Life Skills (L) and People (P) - each containing a wide array of videos, podcasts, documents, and links, to support students.
In addition, participants will receive regular contact and support from the AHC, ensuring they stay motivated and inspired throughout their training journey. They will also have access to the team at HeadHunter Recruitment, who can assist graduates in ensuring successful employment outcomes.

I’m a qualified hairdresser from outside of Australia, so I don’t have a Certificate III in Hairdressing. Am I still eligible?

A coordinator from TAFE NSW will contact you to discuss your unique qualifications and experience for recognition of prior learning to determine whether you are eligible for the program.

Is there a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process involved in the eligibility process?

Yes, there is. A TAFE NSW coordinator will contact all students to discuss their individual qualifications and experience to ensure they are eligible.

I haven’t been working as a hairdresser for more than five years. Am I still eligible?

Unfortunately, no. However, if you can work back in the industry from now, you may be eligible for a future intake if the program is repeated.

What if I can’t attend all the classes? Can I still take part?

Speak to your Project Barber TAFE NSW Coordinator to discuss your options.

Is Project Barber available in other States or regions outside of NSW?

Not at this stage, however watch this space - we hope for a successful program that will take place around Australia.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.


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