barberingBARBERS have become so popular that a new course specialising in the trade has been created to ensure workers have the skills they need — and don’t have to learn the ones they don’t.

The revival of barbering and the resurgence of the beard combined with an increased interest men are taking in their own appearance means more barber shops are popping up in shopping centres and on streets around the country.

Until now, however, barbers have had to study the Certificate III in Hairdressing to be qualified, despite having no intention of working as a ladies hairdresser.  To make matters worse, they have not learned the barbering skills they need, such as cut-throat shaving or trimming a beard, and have had to do additional training to get them to excel in their chosen field.

Now they have their own qualification — a Certificate III in Barbering — to learn the skills they need, not the ones they do not.

There is a large demand for barbers and due to the hard work and determination of many of us in the industry there is now a qualification just for those that want to specialise in barbering.

The new course covers all of the skills, knowledge and techniques required to be a skilled and professional Barber in the current era. It combines ideas and concepts from old aged barbering with new age thinking.

The new qualification has been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and approved as an Apprenticeship in all states in Australia. It is hoped more men and women will pursue the field if they do not have to learn women’s hairdressing.

Salon owners, ‘You’ can now employ an apprentice and send them to WA Academy for 1 day a week for 12 to 18 months to do their off the job training whilst you are training them on the job as well.

Our industry has been begging for this for some time now and it has arrived. So if you have a Barber shop and want to send a team member contact Tanya on 9356 2269 to discuss. If you are a potential apprentice then you need to find an Employer and then select WA Academy as your College of choice to deliver this qualification.

Our Trainers are Barbers with many years’ experience and a passion for this specialized field of hairdressing – they eat, sleep and breathe barbering.


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