What Qualifications Do You Need to Be a Barber?

If you want to become a barber you have to go to either a hairstyling school or you can finish different online & at-salon courses.

To become a barber you will need at least a level 2 qualification in National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Barbering accredited by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) in the UK.

There are three different paths and ways that you can follow to become a barber, and those are:

  • You can become a barber by going to private courses that take anywhere from 1-3 months to finish. These courses typically last between 9-12 weeks. With a level 3 certificate, you will be a work-ready Barber, however, with an NVQ Level 2 certificate, you will receive an internationally recognised barbering qualification as well as be a work-ready barber.


  • You can finish the apprenticeship which usually takes between 2 to 3 years to complete and is most common among 16-18-year-olds who have just completed their GCSEs.
  • Lastly, some people can go to a college that is in their hometown that is strictly hair-based and great for teaching you the basics. This college education can take you 1-2 years to complete. All students should be older than the age of 16 and should only go to a university if they have a lot of time to spare, as well as true passion for hair. Why? Because college education will take most of your time & money to complete.

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

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