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Hair Professional (Hair and Barbering) (Apprenticeship Level 2)


Within this qualification there are two distinctly different job roles: Hairdresser or Barber.

Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create a variety of looks a colour and lighten hair for ladies and men. Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition Hair, cut using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men. Hairdressers and barbers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. They will also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

Mandatory core skills and knowledge within this qualification will include; professionalism and values, behaviours and communication and safe working practices.

This qualification is suitable for those already in employment as well as those wishing to enter the Hair and Barbering sector.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to start this apprenticeship but you will be assessed to ensure you have the ability to complete the English and maths qualification to at least Level 1.

Functional Skills

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 1 English and maths and taken the exams for level 2 prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. If Level 2 has already been achieved, then development of further English and maths skills will continue for the whole of the apprenticeship.


Typically 24 Months.


Progression from this qualification would be to the Advanced Apprenticeship- Professional Hairdresser/ Barber. Achievement of the standard makes you eligible for state registration with the Hair council.


Levy paying employers may fund apprentices on this programme from their Apprenticeship Account and non-levy paying SMEs through the co-funded option. There may be a small fee for some SME’s.

End Assessment

To achieve this apprenticeship standard, the employer, training provider and apprentice will agree when the apprentice is ready and competent to undertake the independent end assessment, which will test their skills knowledge and behaviours required for this role.

Apprenticeship Qualifications

VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma for Hair Professionals.

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