Information you should know before you apply to a barber school.

Check out the places that can teach you barbering skills further down the page.

Ontario is unusual in its approach to barber licensing. Barbers do not have a licensing and education process of their own, but are considered to be “hairstylists” by trade. However the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is currently seeking input from industry and the public to see if recognizing barbers as a trade separate from hairstylists is appropriate.

Currently, officially speaking, in order for a barber to do his or her work he or she is required to complete hairstylists training as per guidelines set out here.

To receive a hairstylists training in Ontario the aspiring student must first become a member of the Ontario College of Trades and start an apprenticeship. Once the apprenticeship is complete, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will give the apprentice a Certificate of Apprenticeship. Then, after passing the exam for the hairdressing trade one can apply for journeyman certification.

The usual guidelines for become competent as a hairstylist (and, hence, barber) are that the apprentice must train on the job for 3,020 hours and in school for 480 hours.

As of now, February 2021, all barbers are still require to undergo hairstylist training. Looks like Ontario still hasn’t recognized barbers as being distinct from hairstylists. However a couple of dedicated barber schools have popped up recently. Unfortunately the pandemic has made things difficult. With any luck they will soon reopen and be training new barbers.

The on-the-job part of the training comes with specific skills that the experienced and accredited trainer teaches. The in-school portion of training covers topics such as:

  • safety and sanitation
  • proper treatment of the hair and scalp
  • hair cutting and styling
  • use of chemicals on the hair
  • hair colouring and value changes

There are rumblings in the industry that things are changing and soon barbers will have their own trade designation. Stay tuned! Also take a look at this news article on the issue – CBC.

Ontario Schools

Art & Technique Academy of Hairstyling and Esthetics – Oshawa

Universal Hair & Aesthetics Academy – Brampton

Salon + Spa Career College – Toronto

Interesting pdf about barber certification in Ontario.

toronto where some barber schools are located
Downtown Toronto, Ontario by striatic ( [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list Ontario schools for nail technicians, estheticians, cosmetologists and makeup artists.

Marca College of Hair and Esthetics – Danforth

The Barber Center – Hamilton

Did we miss any schools that can teach a barber’s skills in Ontario? Please contact us to let us know…