So you’d like to be a barber and you’re curious to explore the various options that are available to you. There are numerous ways into to the business but as we see it the following three routes, including online barbers schools, are your best bet.


There is the tried and tested traditional route into the business and that’s to approach a local barbers and enquire about being taken on as an apprentice or weekend help. You will however be starting below the bottom rung on the barbers career ladder and will be expected to make the teas and sweep the floors. Cutting hair or giving straight razor shaves are a long way off if you decide to go this route. In truth it’s a long hard slog – often on a minimal wage – but you will however learn the trade from the bottom up and have a thorough understanding of the business. Another plus is you’ll be learning in the “real world”. Learning how to deal with customers, some of who may be problematic, will stand you in good stead as you further your career.

Your second option would be to sign up for a barbering course  at a recognised barber school or college. Successfully completing a barbers course and obtaining an industry recognised qualification will undoubtedly start you higher on the barbers career ladder. We even know of college leavers who on finishing their course have gone straight into business by themselves and opened their own shops. This is however rare and and a more likely next step would be to rent a chair chair at a barbers. We shall discuss this more thoroughly in a later post.

Barber Clippers

Barber Clippers

The third choice is to complete an online barbers course offering industry recognised qualifications through an established online barber school. A quick google search will reveal many online institutions offering barber courses.
There are many obvious benefits to learning via the internet. Firstly, in many cases, you can learn at your own pace from the comfort of your bedroom or study. An added pro is you’ll be saving the expense of having to travel to a college. You’ll also be able to learn around your present day job. Many people hold down a full time job and find time to study in the evenings and at weekends. Being able to support yourself whilst studying is a huge benefit – especially as professional barber tools do not come cheaply!
There are however some disadvantages of online study. As mentioned previously the importance of “real world” experiences cannot be underestimated in your barber education, this cannot be taught remotely via the internet. Dealing with physical clients is something you’ll have to do daily as a barber, some will not be pleasant!
Online barber schools vary greatly in price, ranging from a few hundred dollars to $10k. Sometimes the fee covers all text books and equipment required to complete the course. Other course require you to kit yourself out – this can prove to be very costly. It is well worth checking before signing up for a course.
It’s also very important to check what qualification you will attain on completing the course. Nobody wants to pay $5k and study hard for a year only to find that the certificate they’ve been awarded isn’t worth the paper it’s printed.
In the UK the recognised qualifications are accredited by The British Barbers’ Association (BBA)
In Australia the Certificate III in Hairdressing is the standard entry qualification for the hairdressing industry.
In the United States all states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program. It’s worth checking with your state what courses they approve.


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