Barbering Courses

Completing a barbering course or qualification is the best way to kickstart a career as a barber. A good barbering course will teach you to master scissor and clipper cutting, moustache and beard shaving, as well as more contemporary techniques in men's coloring. 

The recent revival of barbering means there are great opportunities for qualified barbers and with fees-free studies available to a lot of New Zealanders, you may even find you can complete a free barbering course. In terms of career prospects, graduate barbers can find full-time work in a barbershop, or even look to open a small business of their own. 

More about barbering

Barbering qualifications usually sit at Level 4 and could take up to one year to complete. On a day-to-day basis you will be 

  • Consulting with clients on their hair and style needs 

  • Washing client's hair 

  • Shaving or trimming beards with razors and clippers 

  • Cutting hair with scissors and clippers 

  • If you are self-employed, promotingyour services online and through social media  


  • At apprentice level you will start on a training wage, with pay increasing as your skills grow 

  • An experienced barber with a good base of regular clients can earn up to $65,000 per year 

  • If you are running your own barbershop business your income will depend on how successful you are at promotion and gaining new clients  


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