Barber Apprentice

If you have a passion for hair, start your career as a Barber Apprentice. As a Barber Apprentice, you’ll cut, trim, shampoo and style hair, provide scalp treatments and give facial massages. Gain the responsibility and accountability to keep your work area and tools clean, as well as keeping records of clients treatments and appointments.

  • Train for just two years with combined work on-the-job and in the classroom of over 2,000 hours. 
  • Begin a rewarding career with no student debt--in fact, you’ll get paid to attend classes! 
  • Upon completing the program and passing your State Barber License exam, you’ll become a licensed barber, ready to continue your career and pursue your passion for hair.


You must be in good physical health and able to stand for long periods of time, possess finger dexterity, a sense of form and artistry and be able to work well with the public.

Get started as a Barber Apprentice

  1. To begin identifying or planning your apprenticeship, contact the local Apprenticeship Training Representative at 262-564-3210. 
  2. If an employer wishes to hire you, he/she will submit an apprentice application to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). If the DWD determines that you meet the Bureau of Apprentice Standards qualifications, you will be given a credential notice.
  3. You and your employer will submit the credential notice, the Apprentice Application (Form #1488) and fee ($10.00) to the Department of Safety and Professional Services, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935. 
  4. The Department of Safety and Professional Services will issue the apprentice permit after the application is approved. You may begin to work after your permit is issued. Your permit will be valid for three (3) years.
  5. Once your permit is in place Gateway’s Apprenticeship department will communicate with  you regarding registration, classes and books. 

If you need assistance getting started, Gateway’s Apprenticeship Department is happy to help.

Curriculum Sheet:
PDF icon  50-502-5 Barbering Apprentice Curriculum Sheet.pdf

Career Pathway Map:
PDF icon  Barber Apprentice Career Pathway Map.pdf