An apprenticeship is the best way to become a qualified barber. You learn in a real barbershop, with real paying customers. Plus, you earn as you learn so you’ll avoid racking up a huge student loan. To complete an apprenticeship you’ll be trained by a qualified barber at work and you’ll also get to attend training at a training provider.
Approx 2 Years
$30 per week of training
Of course you can start your apprenticeship with HITO from the beginning, or you can sign up with HITO to complete your qualification after you’ve completed a full-time course. You’ll learn all the skills you need to work as a barber, including all the customer service skills necessary to be commercially successful. When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be fully qualified as a barber and you’ll have the Commercial Barbering Level 4 qualification.
To start your journey, you’ll need to find an apprenticeship. Start by taking a look at the ‘Jobs’ page on our website, or take your CV into local barbershops. If you’ve already found an apprenticeship or are already in a job, congratulations! Download a training agreement and get your employer to sign you up.
“Look for an opportunity and take it – life’s too short to wait for opportunities to come to you. But you also have to remember that you won’t be a the ‘top man’ straight away. You have to work hard and work up from the bottom. You have to be willing to listen to the seniors, and be confident enough to take some cheek too.”.
During your apprenticeship you’ll learn these skills and achieve unit standards and credits along the way.
You’ll learn how to who perform a range of professional and commercial barbering services. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge of:
- first aid
- cutting skills
- product knowledge
- customer service skills
- wet shaving
- blow drying
- beard and moustache work
|2873||Demonstrate knowledge of trichology||2||8|
|2878||Apply knowledge of hair and scalp conditions to analyse and select corrective treatments for the hair and scalp||4||2|
|2886||Design and shape beards and moustaches||3||5|
|10645||Describe the development of barbering||2||3|
|10646||Apply initial barbering techniques||2||20|
|10647||Wet shave facial hair using a cutthroat razor||4||15|
|10648||Complete a haircut using barbering techniques||3||30|
|10650||Perform barbering services and run a barber chair in a commercial barbershop||5||30|
|19805||Blow dry hair using barbering techniques||2||4|
|19806||Consult with client for barbering services and analyse hair and scalp conditions||3||20|
|19807||Describe the fundamentals of wet shaving||3||4|
|19808||Select and maintain barbering tools and equipment||2||4|
|25435||Create appointments and maintain appointment systems and records in the barbershop environment||3||5|
|25436||Display products in the barbershop environment||2||3|
|25437||Demonstrate and apply knowledge of money matters and personal responsibility in the barbershop environment||3||5|
|25438||Apply knowledge of services and workflow in the barbershop environment||3||4|
|25439||Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a barbershop||2||2|
|25794||Select and recommend hair products||3||4|
|28017||Manage conversation and interactions to create and maintain an atmosphere suitable for a barbershop||4||5|
|28019||Develop a health and safety plan for a commercial barbershop||4||10|
|28843||Demonstrate knowledge of personal health and hygiene, and self-styling, for working in a barbershop||3||2|
|28844||Demonstrate knowledge of professional behaviour and legal requirements for a barbershop||3||3|
|28845||Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the barbershop environment||3||2|
|28848||Apply knowledge of common hair and scalp conditions to complete a limited scope consultation||3||4|
|6402 (or 26551)||Provide basic life support/Provide first aid for life-threatening conditions||2||1|