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TIME:Morning or Afternoon
NOC Code:6341
PROGRAM OUTLINEBarbering Program Outline NB


Barbering is one of the oldest professions in the world. Barbering developed from early cultural and tribal beginnings into the recognized profession that it is today. In Eastern College’s barbering program students will practice the latest techniques and explore products specific to this field.

Successful graduates of the Saint John program will be eligible to write the New Brunswick Registered Barber Association examination. Achieving a passing grade on this exam will allow graduates to practice as registered apprentice barbers.


  • Hands-on training at a barbershop
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • WHMIS training



St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/Heartstart Training/WHMIS

This course introduces participants to basic first aid techniques and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The course is designed to offer participants the confidence and knowledge to provide safe and correct medical assistance. Students will also complete an online course in WHMIS.

Onsite Barbershop

The Barbershop operates evenings and weekends and provides students the opportunity to work with “real” clients. Clients can walk in or make appointments in advance. The students are supervised at all times by a Master Barber.

Barbershop Operations

Students explore the provincial regulations governing barbering and the rules around apprenticing and licensing. They also discuss current industry trends including the types of shops and salons. Self-employment, owning and operating a shop or salon and sales techniques are studied. How to conduct an effective job search complete with resume and portfolio is also covered.

Barbering Practical I

In this module students practice the techniques learned in Theory I

Barbering Practical II

In this module students practice the techniques learned in Theory II.

Barbering Practical III

This module allows students to continue to practice the skills acquired in Theory I and II and to practice knowledge obtained in Barbershop Operations.

Professional Skills for Barbering

The module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues. Using a variety of instructional methods including role plays, and group exercises with discussions, students learn and practice the interpersonal skills, and customer service, necessary for success in today’s business environment.

Barbering Theory I

This module begins with learning the techniques associated with shampoos, conditioners, and scalp and hair treatments, including hair tonics. Facial massage and facial treatments are also covered. The students then learn how to perform facial shaves and beard and mustache trims before moving into actual haircutting and styling. The module ends with developing skills associated with hair replacement systems.

Barbering Theory II

Theory II covers advanced barbering services. Students study the techniques for women’s haircutting. Hair coloring and lightening for all clients follow with details on the different products available, how to apply, how to make color assessments and corrections, how to create special effects and color mustaches and beards.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

Barbering Practical with Assessment

The Barbering Practical with Assessment is an offsite field placement, where students practice the skillls they have honed in a professional environment.

Introduction to Barbering Science

Students begin this module by reviewing what constitutes good study habits along with the characteristics of a professional image. Goal setting and time management skills are also covered. After a discussion on the history of the barbering profession, students quickly move into studying microbiology with emphasis on bacteriology. The transmission and prevention of hepatitis and HIV/AIDS as well as that of parasites is covered. Infection control – decontamination, disinfection, sanitation and other safe work practices – is covered. Students will learn to identify and correctly use the primary tools of the profession. The structure, muscular details and important nerves of the head, face and neck are studied in addition to how body chemistry impacts the practice of barbering. Students identify and define common electrical terms, discuss and recognize electrical safety devices, discuss the use of electrical modalities and learn the effects of ultraviolet and infrared light. This module also includes the knowledge development of histology and disorders of the skin, hair structure, composition and growth and disorders of the scalp and hair. Students will receive

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.


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New Brunswick

The Saint John program is approved by the New Brunswick Registered Barbers Association


The Barbering program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Barbershops, Salons, Personal Care Industry and Self-employment.


  • Class Act Barbershop
  • The Barber of Sackville
  • Famous Barber Shop
  • Chubby’s Barbershop & Gentleman’s Supply
  • Procuts
  • Sailor Bub’s
  • Ed’s Barbershop
  • Scallywags Barbershop


High School Graduation Diploma or GED.


Books on a shelf in a libraryWe are all the sum of our life experiences, and that also applies to work skills—what we gain along the way makes us better able to fulfill vocational roles. If you mention that your goal is to be a barber, most people just assume that means you learn how to cut hair.

Obviously, that is the main part of the job, but there are other things that help barbers attain success in their field ...continue reading!


Brushes, scissors, other hair cutting toolsOur students train under a Master Barber and offer services to the public at a discounted rate!

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