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:

  • 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.


NZ Certificate in Commercial Barbering


Approx 2 Years





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

Check our Jobs page for vacancies, along with Trade Me and Seek.

One of our Sales and Training advisors may be able to help match you with an employer in your chosen industry.

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

When you’re ready, one of our Sales and Training Advisors will come to your workplace to sign the Training Agreement with you and your employer. Find your local Sales and Training Advisor

“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.”.

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