Become an Apprentice

What do apprentices do?

Did you know that to bcome a barber, you can be an apprentice? Apprentices get real hands-on experience and get paid to do the job while being trained by a qualified barber. They start out learning customer service skills and quickly work your way up to cutting and styling skills. Earning while you learn is one of the best ways to become a qualified and professional barber. Being qualified also means you can take on your own apprentices.

Qualification New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering
Duration 2-3 years
Cost $1600 approximately
Level 4

If you go into a barbershop and they aren’t qualified – even if they’re an amazing barber – it doesn’t look as good as someone who is qualified. Having a qualification presents a good image to clients

Bronson Beri

There’s so much you can do in barbering and it’s good to get a certificate behind you, especially if you travel overseas. That way your future employers can see that you’ve achieved something.

Nathan Nukunuku

Who is HITO?

HITO supports barbering apprenticeships in New Zealand and we also develop the qualifications. The world is filling up with jobs where people sit in front of computers pushing information around. We believe in the transformational power of a good haircut that leaves clients feeling happier and employees feeling proud of a job well done. There will always be a demand for skilled barbers. These skills are personal, intimate and can’t be replaced by technology.

Our dream is to fill the country with qualified people, giving the barbering industry the best chance of success for the future. While our vision is to instil a passion for learning so that barbering is full of highly professional and successful businesses. We do this by:

  • Taking the lead in training and skills
  • Arranging the best training
  • Adding value and innovation
  • Being fair, open and honest
  • Listening to our clients

So why do we do it? We genuinely want you to be successful. There are many options you can choose, but we firmly believe that you have a better chance of success with HITO.

Off Job Training

Each year, HITO will arrange for you to attend some training at a local training provider:

  • Year 1 – 7 days
  • Year 2 – 5 Days

These days will be in one block each year. You’ll be with other barbering apprentices learning additional skills and knowledge that will be assessed.

What you’ll learn

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering is made up of a number of skills. When you’re finished you’ll be a qualified barber. You’ll have all the technical skills to work as a barber. During your apprenticeship you’ll learn these skills and achieve unit standards and credits along the way.
You’ll learn:

  • the anatomy and physiology of hair and scalp
  • designing and shaping beards
  • wet shaving with a cutthroat
  • hair and scalp conditions
  • cutting hair using barbering techniques

In particular, you’ll learn how to work independently and run a commercial barber chair.

It takes 2- 3 years to become a fully qualified barber if you’ve had no other experience. If you come from a barbering course, it should take a lot less.

If you’re an experienced barber (5 years or more) and want to get qualified, then you don’t need to become and apprentice. If you come to HITO ( we can help you get qualified quickly by taking into account all of your experience.

There is a brand new New Zealand qualification for barbering just launched this year. The skills you learn are in the table.

Unit Skill Level Credits
2873 Demonstrate knowledge of trichology 2 8
2878 Analyse and select corrective treatments for the hair and scalp 4 2
2882 Demonstrate knowledge of conditions of the hair and scalp 3 4
2886 Design and shape beards and moustaches 3 5
10645 Describe the development of barbering 2 3
10646 Apply initial barbering techniques 2 20
10647 Wet shave facial hair using a cutthroat razor 4 15
10648 Complete a haircut using barbering techniques 3 30
10650 Perform barbering services and run a barber chair in a commercial salon 5 30
19805 Blow dry hair using barbering techniques 2 4
19806 Consult with client for barbering services and analyse hair and scalp conditions 3 20
19807 Describe the fundamentals of wet shaving 3 4
19808 Select and maintain barbering tools and equipment 2 4
20929 Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the salon environment 3 6
25435 Create appointments and maintain appointment systems and records in the salon environment 3 5
25436 Display products in the salon environment 2 3
25437 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic accounting concepts, banking, and payment procedures in the salon environment 3 5
25438 Apply knowledge of services and workflow in the salon environment 3 4
25439 Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon 2 2
25794 Select and recommend hair products 3 4
26551 Provide first aid for life threatening conditions 2 1
28017 Manage conversation and interactions to create and maintain an atmosphere suitable for a barber shop 4 5
28019 Develop a health and safety plan for a commercial salon 4 10

To start your journey, you’ll need to find an apprenticeship.

If you’ve already founds an apprenticeship, congratulations! Download a training agreement and get your employer to sign it.

If you want to talk to someone about apprenticeships, call one of our friendly regional managers. For more information please contact us at  INFO@HITO.ORG.NZ.

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