How Long It Takes To Become an Accredited Barber

Becoming a professional, certified barber is a simple enough process, but it does require quite a bit of time investment.

It also involves skill, training, practice, and hands-on experience.

But how long does it really take to become a fully accredited barber?

It depends!

Ultimately, it’s up to you how long you want to take; whether you want to study part-time or full time, or if you would rather go through an apprenticeship.

It may also depend on which training institution you choose to study with.

The Requirements for Becoming a Barber

To become a barber, there are a few educational and training requirements.

Before you can enroll into an accredited program or apprenticeship, you have to have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) and be at least 15 years old. 

You’ll need to enroll in the Certificate III in Barbering program in order to get your entry-level training.

The course will typically take about a year if you’re studying full-time, and about 3 years if you opt for a paid apprenticeship instead.

Through a program, students will take coursework in theory and receive hands-on training in cutting and shaving techniques, clippering, hygiene, customer service and safety, and business skills.. This entry-level course (Certificate III in Barbering) will teach you everything you need to know from the basics to the more advanced technqiues. from 

Apprenticeships are another option, even if it takes longer. In an apprenticeship, you will be able to get hands-on training and have the opportunity to see how barbershops work first-hand, and you will get  paid for it. Most salons or barbershops require a qualification before they will hire you.  

Training and Certification

Most barbers complete training in their barber program before getting a job. Some pursue further education even after they are qualified  They might choose to specialise in a certain area and attend workshops with experts to upgrade their skills and keep up to date with industry trends. 

You might also do some on-the-job training, where you’ll learn and practice administrative work in the barbershop, as well as working with different products and services offered in the establishment. Learning how to advertise and market is a very handy skill! 

Tip: be sure to build up your portfolio as you go along. It will help you find jobs easier and quicker during the job searching process!

The Career Path For Barbering

In essence, your career path to becoming a full-fledged barber will look like this:

  1. Complete secondary school (Year 10 or equivalent): 
  2. Enroll in and complete barber program or apprenticeship: 1-4 years
  3. Receive your Certification and Statement of Results 
  4. Apply for barber positions


Once you get your qualification, you can consider yourself a fully accredited barber — congratulations!

It doesn’t take very long to obtain, but remember: learning doesn’t end with graduation. As you continue to practice in the field, you will continue to learn new techniques and adapt to different trends and technology. For a creative person, nothing could be more perfect than to keep learning new skills, and trying new techniques!


It’s never too late to start a career in barbering. Whether you’ve already got a degree and want a career change, or are considering it straight out of secondary school, the doors are open to those who have a passion for the industry. 

Kick off your career with us!  At Demi International, we offer a fully accredited course for Certificate III in Barbering equipped with the best resources, expert instruction, and flexible study options for the course. Call us to find out more.

Seonaid Boyle

Seonaid Boyle

Seonaid is the Manager of Communications and Quality at Demi International.
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