Modern Mens
Barber School

Professional Barber Training

Get real hands on training to start your barbering career.

About Us

Modern Men’s Barber school is a realised desire to produce competent talented barbers that will endorse the craft and keep the artisan quality of barbering alive.

Modern Mens Barber school was born after years of frustration in finding (good) staff to work competently in my shops. Even finding recent graduates of barber schools capable of performing the most basic haircuts was like finding a pot of gold under a rainbow. Modern Mens Barber School was borne from the industry-wide need for quality training and upskilling of professionals.

We believe great barbering is about providing the person sitting in your seat a professional and personalised service that suits each and every individual. Whether that’s a guy who spends 20 minutes on his grooming in the morning or 30 seconds. We want to create haircuts that suit their needs and lifestyle.

"The diversity within the barbering industry means that there is always something new or trends returning and the opportunities are limitless."

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What you can Expect

SMALL CLASS SIZES are important to us. Our desire is for you to have a solid grasp of the practical side of barbering and small class sizes allow us to give you more one on one time with your tutor. Unlike other schools, our class sizes will be no larger than six. Although there are many aspects to barbering, having a solid foundation in the practical part eg clippering and cutting is what will make you a more desirable candidate to a barber shop looking for new staff. Essentially, apart from attitude, the skills learnt at the Modern Men’s Barber school is what will set you apart from the rest. We will not pass anyone we wouldn’t be willing to employ.

CURRICULUM THAT FOCUSES ON PRACTICAL and practice and not just theory. We will be focusing on what it takes to be successful. Here you will gain a solid foundation in barbering. Too often barber schools focus on theory as it is a cheaper way to teach. Because our class sizes are small, we will cover only the basic theory needed for employment. The rest of the course focuses on the practical side. We want you to be able to complete basic, polished haircuts giving you the core skills to continue to build on, be creative with, and, in doing so making you a desirable candidate to an employer.


Job placement assistance is provided to graduates and students at no additional charge. We believe in what we teach, so we will offer you assistance to gain employment if it has not already been established before you finish the course through a barbershop sponsorship or nomination. Our staff assists students (who competently complete our course) in placements as often as needed; however, the school does not guarantee placement to any student. This may also mean you need to travel further afield to continue your education to work at a reputable barber shop that continues to help train and fine tune your base skills.

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The Courses

Full-time Barber training

Duration: 16 weeks (allow for a 2-week holiday period in addition to 16 weeks)

Class days: Monday - Friday

Start date: To be advised

Class size: 4 or 6 students per intake

Minimum age: 22 years old

Course Cirriculum: Customer service, Shampoo and scalp massage, scalp conditions, face shapes, clipper cuts 0-6, clipper over comb, hairlines blending and fading, scissor cut, scissors over comb, blending techniques, fades 0-3

Course costs:
  - 16 weeks $11,000
  - Alternatively, $6,000 down plus $120 pw 52 weeks
  - Alternatively, $1,500 down plus $125 pw 104 weeks
  - Allow extra $1000 for equipment.

Funding: Students at Modern Men’s Barber School are not eligible for government student funding.

Trade Upskill Course

This course is for those already cutting hair and working within the industry. It will strengthen and fine tune your clippering skills, teach you the finer points of zero fades, empower you with edging techniques, improve your general standards of barbering and scissor skills. You'll also learn what men are looking for with their haircuts.

Duration: 1 week

Class days: Monday - Friday

Start dates: To be advised
* There may be options to start the course on a Sunday (with consensus) to accommodate those who are travelling or who wish to add Beard Trimming and Cut Throat training to their course.

Course costs: $1000 plus gst

Cut Throat Shaving Course

Here you will learn how to successfully and confidently cut throat shave.

Duration: 1 week

Class days: Monday - Friday

Start dates: To be advised

Please contact us or express your interest below to get costing for the various courses.

All equipment can be provided for a fee.

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The Scholarships

We are currently offering a limited number of scholarships. If you meet the criteria below please Apply Now and tell us why you'd like to become part of our team.

  • Must be 22 years or older.
  • Minimum 2 years in the workforce or 2 years study outside of High School.
  • Available to work in either our Invercargill or Mosgiel branch full time after training.
  • Prepared to continue with apprenticeship training for 2 years with additional 12 months of work post apprenticeship.

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Contact Us

Get in touch with us on (03) 214 0417 and ask for Liza, or Email Us, or simply use the Contact Form below.