Barber Cosmetology Apprenticeship

Apprentice barber/cosmetologists participate in the following activities: basic and advanced cutting and styling of hair, shaving, hair coloring, chemical waving, the conditioning of hair, hair relaxing and straightening, hairpiece and wig care and styling, giving of facials, skin care and correct application of cosmetic makeup, cosmetic art (facial massage plus use of cosmetic preparations), manicuring, scalp services and shampooing, other activities related to hair and skin care, proper care of shop equipment, shop maintenance and sanitation, the use of therapeutic lights, plus training in public relations and record keeping.

Application Process

For a barber/cosmetology apprenticeship, an applicant must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on his or her own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative.

If your employer is in Dane county, contact BAS Representative Kathy O'Sullivan at 608-785-9176 or at Kathleen.OSullivan If your employer is in Rock county, contact BAS Representative Debbie Schanke at (608) 246-3887 or at