What Qualifications Do I Need to Be a Barber?

Becoming a barber in the UK is not that hard since there are different ways, classes & routes that you can go for. Here’s all that you should know!

  1. Your earnings can vary

An average salary for a barber is anywhere from £14,000 – £25,000 per year. However, qualified barbers and ones that have a higher form of education may earn even more!

  1. You can choose three different routes

You could get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

–  working towards this role (some barbering courses) 

  1. What qualifications do you need?
  1. College

If you are off to college you will master it and receive either your Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Barbering. Your entry requirements to get into college are:

2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

  1.  Apprenticeship

If you wish to work at a barber salon you can ask one of the owners to take you in. An apprenticeship is a free program, and its requirements are:

some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

  1. Finish a fast-paced course

Lastly, you can finish some at-salon as well as online barbering courses. At CPBA when you graduate, you’ll receive an internationally recognised VTCT Level 2 Diploma certificate, recognised by the UK’s leading barbering association (BBA).

CPBA offers free employment advice and guidance to their barbering learners. They also offer free   barbering courses and work placement

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