As a barbering apprentice you’ll be employed by a barbershop and be trained by a qualified employer or trainer in the shop.

You’ll learn how to perform a range of barbering services, including:

  • Trichology
  • Cutting skills
  • Wet shaving
  • Blow drying
  • Beard and moustache work

You’ll gain first aid and customer service skills and learn the business skills required to run a professional barbershop.

When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be fully qualified and achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4).

You’ll also gain relevant, valuable work experience to include on your CV.


New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering


2 Years





To start your apprenticeship training, you’ll need to find a job.

Check the HITO Job Hub for vacancies, along with Trade Me and Seek.

The Careers New Zealand website has excellent tips on creating a CV and preparing for job interviews.

Once you’re employed, one of our Sales and Training Advisors will come to your workplace to sign the Training Agreement with you and your employer.

Register your interest in an apprenticeship and one of our team will be in touch.

“Barbering gives you access to so many amazing opportunities. One of the best things about it is putting a smile on someone’s face or just listening to what they have to say. It’s such a huge and rewarding part of the job, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”