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Learn the techniques and skills required to start a career in barbering in a salon-like environment. Learn from highly trained industry professionals and train with real clients.

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Program Outline

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About The Barbering Program

In the Barbering diploma program you will practice the latest techniques and explore products specific to this field. This in-demand barbering program is offered at our Saint John location in New Brunswick. The barbering courses focuses on haircuts, cutting and trimming of facial hair, hair colouring, colour assessments and corrections and sanitizing of workstations, tools, and equipment. Throughout the program, you will gain valuable experience working with real clients in our campus barbershop.


Career Opportunites

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

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Class Act Barbershop
  • The Barber Of Sackville
  • Famous Barber Shop
  • Chubby’s Barbershop & Gentleman’s Supply
  • Procut’s
  • Sailor Bub’s
  • Ed’S Barbershop
  • Scallywags Barbershop


100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 17

Average Wage/hr**

$ 22

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2022 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 6341 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar based on New Brunswick data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Jan 2024.

Program Details

Launch a career you love in under one year. Successful graduates of the Saint John barber school will be eligible to write the New Brunswick Registered Barber Association examination. As a graduate of a reputable barbering program, you will be able to express your creativity through hairstyling, intricate beard styles and personalized grooming. Whether you choose to work in a traditional barbershop, or even start your own business, barbering offers flexibility in career paths. Our barbering courses will provide you with the skills and confidence to become self-employed and open your own barbershop or salon. You can work full-time, part-time, or even freelance, tailoring your schedule to fit your lifestyle. The demand for skilled barbers remains steady, providing job security and opportunities for growth in the industry. As people continue to prioritize grooming and self-care, skilled barbers are always in demand.

Students enrolled in the Barbering Diploma Program will receive:

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

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

Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Onsite Barbershop
This module proceeds from Barbering Practical II and provides students' with the opportunity to advance their practical experience and demonstrative skills that they have garnered from Barbering Practical I and II. The module allows students to practice advanced haircutting, including; style cuts (short, medium and long), tapering and other techniques, clipper variation crew cut, flat top and cutting over curly hair. Students will apply the techniques and procedures involved in creating artistic designs when cutting mustaches and trimming beards. Students will demonstrate intricate razor shaving techniques suited for clients with different hair texture. The course offers students with first-hand knowledge of how an onsite barbershop looks and feels like. The onsite barbershop operates evenings and weekends and provides students with the opportunity to work with "real" clients. During this module, students are supervised at all times by a registered barber, and clients have the liberty to either walk in or make appointments in advance for hair cutting, styling and grooming. Students will be evaluated through a variety of practical components in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Barbering Practical I
In this module students practice the techniques learned in Theory I
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Barbering Practical II
In this module students practice the techniques learned in Theory II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping Fundamentals
In this module you will explore fundamental bookkeeping principles and practices for small businesses. You will apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to financial statements and demonstrate how each principle impacts the transactional recording and the business, both directly and indirectly. You will make journal entries and record transactions in the General Ledger. You will manage accounts receivable and accounts payable. You will track the use and dispensation of petty cash in journal entries. You will also calculate the correct amount to pay for taxes and remittance to the CRA. You will practice cross-referencing for a bank reconciliation and correct any errors. By completing this module, you will attain the skills necessary to perform basic bookkeeping procedures and use basic bookkeeping terminology.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module will introduce you to and provide practice in using the tools required for a successful job search. The concepts covered in this module will help you maintain a career-focused approach throughout your studies so that you are better prepared to conduct a job search after graduating. Specifically, you will learn how to identify your soft and hard skills and how to articulate your abilities in a clear and concise Elevator Pitch that will appeal to employers and resonate with industry contacts. You will learn about the job search resources available to you including using career websites, creating Linked In profiles, accessing the “hidden” job market, and networking. You will examine sample resumes and cover letters and begin the process of creating your own professional resumes and cover letters that align with current conventions for content, organization, and formatting. You will also learn about the role of references, thank you letters, workplace philosophies, and strategies for success including maintaining a professional image and using proper etiquette when communicating with potential employers and industry contacts. An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety is also provided with specific focus on employees’ rights and responsibilities, workplace health and safety policy and programs, hazard identification and control, and safety training options such as WHIMIS and First Aid.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module builds on concepts and skills introduced in the Career Planning and Preparation Level 1 prerequisite module. In this subsequent module, you will update and refine your resume and Linked In Profile. You will continue writing cover letters and learn the value of customizing cover letters to specific job postings. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge as you conduct a job search and write a cover letter tailored to an ideal job post. Through research, you will create a list of top employers and target current industry opportunities. You will learn about current methods for applying to job postings using technology. You will also gain an understanding of the job interview process, typical interview questions and possible responses, and expectations of both the interviewer and interviewee. In addition, you will engage in practical application of the interview process through role-plays. Topics such as negotiating salary, self-management, and on-the-job success for placements and post-graduate employment will be also covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Barbering Practical with Assessment
The Barbering Practical with Assessment is an offsite field placement, where students practice the skills they have honed in a professional environment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, you will focus on achieving success from day one. You will develop non-technical skills to enhance your personal, academic, and career success. You will explore learning styles, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. You will also enhance your 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. You will also explore techniques for managing change, stress, and conflict.
Admission Requirements
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  • Student has Grade 12 or equivalent or meets criteria for Mature Student Status.
  • Mature students must be 19 years of age, pass a qualifying test, and provide a Letter of Intent OR resume that supports their skills and aptitudes to be successful in the program.
  • The approved qualifying test for this program is the Wonderlic test. A passing score for this program is 12.

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Instructor Quote

When you graduate from the Eastern College barber course, you are job ready for this career. Our on site barbershop has a regular clientele, so you get to work with many different types of hair and styles. You will also be doing straight blade shaving as well as beard trimming and facial massages. We work closely with the NBRBA, New Brunswick registered barbers association to ensure all requirements are met for licensing in this trade. I, your instructor am a master barber and a shop owner, been in this career for 45 years, so it becomes a life long journey for many who love this trade.

Cheryl Campbell

Barbering Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions About Barbering



Will I be a barber or an apprentice when I graduate?
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When you graduate you will be issued a license from NBRBA, that is good across Canada. You are not an apprentice.
Can I own my own shop, and can I move anywhere in Canada?
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As soon as you receive your registered barbers license from us you can open a shop of your own. It is recommended that you work in a shop after licensing to gain experience and new skills, when your ready, open a shop on your own.