How To Become A Barber


The Job

Barbers work in barbershops and salons, cutting, trimming and styling hair. A barberís clients are mainly male and most barbers will also trim and maintain facial hair and offer custom shaves. To be a barber, you will need good practical skills, an awareness of the latest fashions and excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Many barbers are self-employed, so it will help if you are self-motivated and entrepreneurial, with a good head for business.

Annual Salary

Barber Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - Entry

Minimum Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required, although it could help to have GCSEs (A*-C) in English and maths.

Recommended Qualifications

Level 2-Level 3.

The most common route into barbering is through a full- or part-time course, either at a college or with a private training provider. Alternatively, you could seek an Apprenticeship vacancy with a barber and earn and learn on the job. Hairdressing courses range from Level 1 introductory Awards, through to Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing. Higher study options include Foundation Degrees and HNCs.

Awarding bodies include VTCT, City & Guilds and ITEC.

You can learn more about barbering by visiting the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) website -

Average Working Hours Per Week = 40 hours a week


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

1-2 years

What Next/Career Development

Once you have qualified as a barber you could develop your career in a number of ways. Options include working on cruise ships, entering regional, national and international competitions, teaching and running your own business.

Facts And Figures

The hair and beauty sector has an annual turnover of £6.2 billon.

The sector employs almost a quarter of a million people across 55,000 businesses.

Most local authorities in the UK require barbers to register their premises.

(Source: HABIA)