Barbering can be such a rewarding profession both creatively and financially. Barbering is continuously growing as an industry and has gained popularity as a profession.

Day-to-day duties

  • welcome customers and find out what they want
  • give advice on hairstyles and grooming
  • cut and style hair
  • shave, trim and shape beards and moustaches
  • provide scalp, face and neck massages
  • clean and sterilise equipment, like combs, razors and clippers
  • take payments, keep records and make appointments
  • keep up to date with new styles and techniques

Skills and knowledge

  • creativity
  • customer service and 'people' skills
  • great practical skills
  • an awareness of fashion and trends
  • a willingness to learn new techniques
  • an awareness of health and safety issues and a willingness to learn more

Industry qualifications

There are a range of private courses offered for beginners. You can complete an intensive  9 – 12 week course which should enable you to gain an NVQ qualification and also cut hair competently in a professional setting.

This will require you to study off the Island and to find accommodation for the 9 – 12 week period. There is no requirement to be already working in hairdressing.

College Course (12 months)
UCM have recently introduced Level 2 Certificate in Barbering, which is a one-year course. To qualify you must already be working as a trainee hairdresser

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