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A Career in Barbering

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If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “How do I become a Barber?” then hopefully you will find all the answers you need here.

And if you haven’t asked yourself that question yet because you’re not quite decided if the Barber shop environment is for you, then the information on this page could help you to make that career decision.

“The opportunities available to you in the industry are endless. You need to surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed. Success breeds success.” Adam, Business owner and Educator

 “All I wanted to do was go and cut hair, and if someone wanted to give me money for doing it, well, that was fantastic.” Bruce, Barbershop Owner

“ You do the same thing every day but it’s with different clients every time. Every day is different; everyone has a different story.” Tobie, Barber and former Apprentice


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What qualifications do I need to be a Barber?

You can start training to be a Barber at different levels, depending on the qualifications you’ve already achieved. We suggest speaking to your desired training provider for entry requirements.

Some colleges and private providers will offer you a Level 1 qualification if you have not met some minimum requirements. This will give you an introduction to the hairdressing industry and will allow you to decide quickly if hairdressing is for you.


What hours do Barbers work?

You are likely to work 37-40 hours per week, over a 7 day rota. Your hours are likely to include Saturday work and possibly some evening work too.

Do Barbers make good money?

Can you get rich as a Barber? Well, while a barber’s salary can range from around £15K when you’re starting out, up to around £25K as you progress, there are also lots of options for you to go further too.


How long is Barber training?

Some courses are delivered as intensive study and can take as little as six weeks.

Others may be up to a year in length, and an apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete.

What other skills do Barbers need?

  • Customer service and consultation skills
  • Selling products and services
  • Reception skills
  • Salon appointment software

How much will it cost?

Costs can vary, as there are different sizes of qualifications, and the costs are set by the individual college or training provider.

Your best bet is to have a look at your local centre(s) and see what they offer. Then you can contact them directly or visit their websites to find out more.


What do you do in a Barber Shop?

  • Welcome and consult with customers
  • Give advice on hairstyles and grooming
  • Cut and style hair
  • Shave, trim and shape beards and moustaches
  • Give scalp, face and neck massages
  • Clean and sterilise equipment, like combs, razors and clippers
  • Process payments
  • Book appointments
  • Keep up to date with trends and techniques

What are the benefits of being a Barber?

Hairdressing and barbering are part of an innovative, creative industry that thrives off top trends and hot topics from the ever-changing pop culture. Hear from real Barbers as they show you what life is really like in the industry.


Barbering Apprentice Nicole shares a day in her life. #naw2022 #apprenticeships #barbering #nationalapprenticeshipweek

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Read our Career Leaflet to discover stories of those who are already in the industry.




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