Barber Apprenticeship Programs

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Barber Apprenticeship Programs
Barber apprenticeships offer a non-traditional means to become a barber. (hair cut image by MLProject from

Barber apprenticeship programs offer trainees the opportunity to learn the trade of barbering from a licensed professional instructor while earning an income in the field and attending classes in off hours. Students learn to cut, style, colour and permanent wave hair for actual customers. They may also learn to clean and style wigs and hairpieces or perform scalp and facial treatments, depending on the program.

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Madison Area Technical College

The Madison Area Technical College barber apprenticeship program requires an applicant to locate his or her own sponsor who agrees to sign a contract detailing the specific work and school hours as well as salary during the apprenticeship. The sponsoring employer must also register with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development or the Department of Regulation and Licensing to request the proper forms.

Madison Area Technical College 3550 Anderson Street Madison, WI 53704 608-246-6100 or 800-322-6282

Moraine Park Technical College

The Moraine Park Technical College barber apprenticeship program is a two-year, 288 hour program combining classroom instruction and on-the-job training for applicants 18 years or older. In addition to the applicant's registration with the school and the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS), sponsoring employers must register with the BAS as well.

Moraine Park Technical College 700 Gould Street Beaver Dam, WI 920-887-1101 or 800-472-4554

Fox Valley Technical College

The Fox Valley Technical College barber apprenticeship program requires two years and 300 hours of combined classroom instruction and on-the-job training that will prepare a graduate apprentice to pass the Wisconsin license exam. Trainees must locate employment in the field prior to application with the BAS by both the student and employer. Topics covered include hair, skin and related disorders, safety practices and precautions, cosmetology regulations and professionalism and specific hair styling instruction.

Fox Valley Technical College PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277 920-996-2983

Washington State Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program

The Washington State Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program (WSCAP) oversees on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction for apprentice barbers and cosmetologists. A job with a sponsoring shop is required prior to enrolment. The ability to work well with others, a desire to succeed, a positive attitude and a strong degree of self-motivation will ensure success in this program. Applicants must be 16 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, follow all required program regulations and agree to work for the same shop for a minimum of two years following graduation.

Washington State Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program (No Address Available) 206-851-2867

Louisiana Barber Apprenticeship Program

The Louisiana Barber Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 496, is a two-year program that combines 288 hours of classroom instruction with on-the-job training in all aspects of hair care and styling, skin care, personal hygiene, customer relations and business management to prepare students to pass the Louisiana barber license exam. Program applicants must be 17 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalency and be employed by a licensed barber shop with a licensed barber trainer.

Louisiana Barber Apprenticeship Program UFCW Local 496 2901 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 202 Metairie, LA 70002 800-872-9594

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