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Apprenticeship / Trades

Barber and Hairstylist

Barbers and hairstylists cut and style hair to suit each client’s face and lifestyle, and make recommendations about home care to ensure clients always look and feel their best. For more information, see the Designated Trades Profile on Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.


Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (


Under Alberta’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to cut and style a paying customer’s hair in Alberta.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for the different branches of this trade vary, ranging from 1 to 2 years (12-month periods). Each period includes a minimum of 1,450 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of classroom instruction.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices.

Working in Alberta

Barbers and hairstylists from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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