Barber Certificate

Train with our experienced, professional instructors in a program that combines hands-on skills and technical knowledge. We offer small class sizes and a comfortable learning environment. Our program is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship Industry Training, and upon successful completion, you'll be able to work in the industry.

About the Program

The program consists of 16-weeks of lectures and training. Key areas focus on haircutting, face shaving, texturizing, design, and service industry standards. An important component of the program is establishing and maintaining effective client relations.

After graduation, you will need to complete 1,450 hours of work experience under a journeyman as required by AlT

Our Hairstyling Salon offers a very friendly, engaging and supportive environment for our students to build on their practical and interpersonal skills. Book your appointment today!

Fundamental skills you will learn.

  • Haircutting 
  • Face Shaving: Hot Shaves, Beard and Facial Treatments
  • Texturizing and Design 
  • Salon Operations: Client relations, Sales and Marketing

Career Potential
As a recognized program by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), the barbering program will prepare you to write your theory and practical provincial exams upon successfully completion.

As a certified barber, you can work hours that meet your lifestyle, part-time or full-time, in a well-paid job. Whether you decide to continue working in an established salon or start a home based business, this is truly a flexible, high demand occupation. 


Admission Requirements

English Language Arts 10-2
Math 10-3

Students who do not meet the admission requirements contact Student Services regarding opportunities for placement testing. Students will need to submit an application to the program to start this process.

Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.

Transferability N/A

Program Start/End Date
August 26, 2024 to December 20, 2024

Application Deadline
Domestic Student: August 19, 2024
International Student: June 30, 2024 (Applications will be considered if you can obtain a study permit and all the relevant documents before July 15, 2024)


Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2024

Tuition $4991.31
Student Association $116.70
Dental Insurance Fee $158.50
Health Insurance Fee $158.50
Technology Fee $82.71
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $5,562.29

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Part-time Fees
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $143. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $143.

International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2024

Tuition $15,576.18
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $82.71
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $15,830.16

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Tuition Deposit: $100 (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs)

Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

You may opt-out of the Dental and Health Insurance plan if you provide proof of comparable coverage for an extended health and/or dental care benefits plan.

Any questions regarding SA Fees including the Health and Dental Insurance fees should be directed to the SA Office 780-623-5609.

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.



    Course ID: HAIR120


    Hours: 42

    Credits: 3

    This is the beginning of your hairstyling journey. This course covers a wide range of topics to get you started. You will begin by learning safe work practices and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety Standards, infection control and hygiene. You will also study anatomy and physiology of the human body.


    Course ID: HAIR121


    Hours: 35

    Credits: 1

    In this course, students will learn to appropriately perform shampoo and hair treatments in a salon setting. They will also learn about selected types of shampoos and conditioners, and their application in the treatment of hair and scalp conditions. Brushing and massaging techniques will also be developed. In this course students will learn about hair structure, chemistry and growth and the hair analysis process. They will also study mechanical, environmental, chemical and thermal damage of hair and be able to describe and treat hair and scalp disorders.


    Course ID: HAIR122


    Hours: 49

    Credits: 2

    In this course students will learn how to gather client information, keep accurate client records and use this data to ensure predictable results for all services. They will develop communication skills required in the hairstyling industry and learn to recommend and prescribe professional hair care products for client's home use. Salon operations, marketing products and services will also be covered. In this course, students will learn to appropriately drape clients for services use, care and maintenance of tools will be included.


    Course ID: HAIR123


    Hours: 224

    Credits: 8

    In this course you will learn to describe and perform the basic types of haircuts using multiple cutting and texturizing techniques. Trim and remove facial and nape hair. You will be able to perform appropriate hair styling techniques after haircuts.

  • SALON 1

    Course ID: HAIR124

    Name: SALON 1

    Hours: 175

    Credits: 4

    The entirety of this course takes place in our state of the art salon. This courses focuses on applied skills acquired throughout the program in a live salon setting. The course includes daily course evaluations, practical and written exam, and prepares the student for their Provincial exam, and Apprenticeship.


    Course ID: SAFE071


    Hours: 6

    Credits: 0

    Students will discuss hazardous materials used in the workplace and how to find the information needed to work safely with hazardous materials. Understanding the classification of hazard symbols are covered.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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