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Barbering Apprenticeship
Program Number: 505025
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
8 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Barbering Apprenticeship program at Madison College is designed to give you real-world, on-the-job training while you work in a licensed establishment and attend school. You will be earning income during all phases of the training period, including the hours you attend classes.

    You will train a minimum of 32 hours per week under a licensed professional while learning these skills: 

    • Chemical services
    • Hair cutting
    • Infection control
    • Shampooing
    • Shaving
    • Styling

    An apprenticeship requires at least 2,000 hours of paid training. 288 hours of that training are spent through a hybrid or online live learning experience. 

    In Class Theory Learning

    You will attend class four-and-a-half hours per week over four semesters.

    100% attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the apprenticeship program. 

    Program Details

    Barbering apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    Madison - Truax

    After completing the Barbering Apprenticeship program you will be eligible to take the state test to become licensed as a practitioner.

    For more information on classroom instruction please contact: 


    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Barbering Apprentice graduates top candidates. Graduates from this apprenticeship program are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of cosmetology including:

    • Barber
    • Barbering Educator
    • Establishment Manager
    • Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
  • Admission

    To Apply

    For a barbering apprenticeship to begin, you must find a sponsoring employer on your own (similar to looking for a job). Once you have found a position, the employer begins the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) representative for their county.

    The BAS representative meets the employer and the apprentice to complete their contract and new student creation form. The practical aspect of the apprenticeship may now begin.  Apprentices may start their practical any time year round.

    The BAS representative sends these forms to the School of Business and Applied Arts where they are admitted as a student.  The School office will contact the apprentice regarding a mandatory orientation meeting held annually in August. During this orientation, apprentices will learn how to set up their student accounts and register for classes. School theory classes begin in the fall semester, and include four semesters of Cosmetology Related Theory.

    Visit Madison College to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the School of Business and Applied Arts or call 608.246.6003 ext. 8.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Barbering Apprentice program at Madison College, you will be able to:

    • Apply safety and sanitation procedures.
    • Adhere to the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for barbering.
    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success.
    • Perform haircutting and barbering services.
    • Perform shaving and skin care services.
    • Perform chemical services.
    • Demonstrate hairstyling and finishing techniques.
    • Develop strategies to market products and services.