An apprenticeship combines on-the-job and off-the-job training – so you’ll spend time in a salon working towards a work-based qualification and time with a training provider working towards a technical qualification and transferable skills.


The Hair Professional Standard (Level 2) takes around 24 months to complete, culminating in an End-Point Assessment. You’ll need to commit to a minimum 30-hour working week (though if you’re an apprentice under the age of 18, your working hours cannot exceed 40 hours per week). Be aware that hairdressing jobs can involve a lot of evening and weekend work, so you need to be prepared to be flexible. For example, the Christmas and New Year periods will be busy – and the summer will bring lots of weddings!

The Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Standard (Level 3) takes between 12 to 18 months to complete, depending on your skill level, the speed at which you progress and whether you’re doing part-time hairdressing jobs or working full time.