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Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy breaks down all the latest styles, tips and everything about the barbering world.


Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy breaks down all the latest styles, tips and everything about the barbering world.

How to Become a Barber?

You may be considering a career change, looking for additional training, or have your heart set on becoming a barber after leaving school or college, but what’s the best way?

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to training, you can go private or choose either college or an apprenticeship. The choice you make will often depend on age, budget, and time. If you want to qualify quickly, training privately will be your best option.

We’ve broken down the different training routes, reasons why you should consider becoming a barber, and what you can expect to earn.

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Why Become a Barber?

Being a barber can be a rewarding and satisfying career. There is no better feeling than providing your client with their desired haircut and seeing their reaction. Of course, there’s also the bonus of knowing you are benefiting financially.

The male grooming industry is booming, and this has a lot to do with social media. Everyone wants to look photo-ready. It is no wonder the barbering industry is one of the fastest growing businesses in the market.

Due to this increase in popularity, barbering has become a very in demand profession. If you are looking to become a barber, there is no better time than now.

To become a qualified barber, the minimum qualification will need to be equivalent to a level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Barbering accredited by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT). There are three main ways in which this can be achieved: private courses, college courses or an apprenticeship.

Private Barbering Courses

Many educational providers offer private barbering courses which last between 4-12 weeks, depending on the course. Not all courses will allow you to obtain your NVQ qualification. We advise doing your own research to find the best course to suit your needs.

Private educational courses are a lot more intense. This would be suitable for those looking to achieve their NVQ qualification in a shorter period of time.

With Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy, you can obtain an NVQ level 2 qualification in 9 weeks. You will receive an internationally recognised barbering qualification and leave the course ready to work as a barber.

How much do private barbering courses cost?

The cost of private barbering courses can vary depending on location, the length of the course, and the type of qualification. Private barbering courses are more expensive than college courses, this is because of the additional benefits on offer:

  • Smaller class sizes.
  • One-to-one training and support.
  • Dedicated barber tutors and trainers.
  • More practical cutting time in a barber shop environment.

On average, you can expect to pay between £2,500 and £6,000 to complete a barbering course. It may seem like an expensive investment, but you will obtain a qualification faster than you would in college or doing an apprenticeship. This means you can start earning much sooner.  

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Why Choose Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy?

Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy has been based in Cardiff for over 5 years. We offer the fastest way to start your new career as a qualified barber. Our Academy is a VTCT approved centre and our qualification is recognised worldwide. In just 9 weeks you can obtain your NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Barbering.

Reasons to Choose Us:

  • We have an exceptional NVQ pass rate.
  • There are small class sizes, with a maximum of five students per course (meaning you get more 1:1 opportunities).
  • Your training is delivered in a live barbershop environment.
  • We have an abundance of live models.
  • You will get the opportunity to train on different hair types.
  • Qualify in just nine weeks.

We also keep NVQ theory to a minimum, giving you more practical cutting time. We encourage you to read our testimonials from past students to find out about their experiences at the academy.

At the academy, we offer part-time and full-time courses, including a non-NVQ course and a barbering course for hairdressers. At Thomas Lloyd, we include hot towel wet shaving and skin fading as part of our top courses.

College Courses

A barbering course at a college will take a minimum of one year to complete. These courses are available to students aged 16 and above. College courses are an alternative to A-Level and will allow students to obtain an NVQ in barbering.

Learning on a college course often involves more theory-based learning and not as much hands-on practical training.

How much do College Courses cost?

The cost of a further education course can vary. Some are free for students aged 16 to 18 depending on your circumstances. If you are older there could be a small cost. The best way to know is to check with the college and confirm costs.


A barbering apprenticeship usually takes between 2 to 3 years to complete. It is a popular route with students who have completed GCSEs looking for on-the-job training. Barbering apprenticeships offer a way into the barbering industry. It is a way to work towards a recognised qualification and get a small wage.

Apprentices get to develop skills by working closely and observing experienced professional barbers. For an apprenticeship to work, you need to find a college that offers barbering apprenticeships, and a barbershop willing to take you on as an apprentice.

As an apprentice, you can expect to earn the minimum wage for your age.

How much do Barbers Earn?

What you earn as a barber will depend on your experience and the hours you work each week.

For example, as a junior barber, you can expect to earn between £40-£60 per day plus tips, this will depend on how many days you work. This could be equivalent to £18,000 to £24,000 annual salary plus tips.

For more experienced barbers, you can expect the daily wage to be considerably more. You could earn anywhere between £60 to £250 a day. This would also depend on your experience, days worked, and where you are located. You could earn between £26000 to £45000 annual salary plus tips.

Want to become a barber? Sign up for one of our courses today.

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