Apply for a Barbering Certificate in Nova Scotia

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Gain recognition in the industry as a certified provider of barbering services in Nova Scotia. Whether you own a barber shop or are a professional barber yourself, the NSRBA is here to help you get the license and barbering certificate you need.

Application Forms

To register with the NSRBA, click on the link below for the type of license you are applying for:

NSRBA Barber Renewal

New Barbers

Application for Barber Certificate

Apprenticeship Applications

Application for Barber ApprenticeApprenticeship Barber ApplicationApprenticeship Barber ExamApprentice Barbers Exam Application

Other Downloadable Forms

Accommodation of Applicants with Physical and Mental DisabilitiesAccess to Records Requests

Reciprocal License is Available

Any person who is not a resident of Nova Scotia and becomes one and is licensed in another jurisdiction as a barber and wishes to be licensed in Nova Scotia must complete the attached application and return it to the Board and wait for approval and license issue. This could take time, so please submit your application early to avoid any delays.

If you are from a jurisdiction with no barber laws, please complete the Record of Employment and the Reciprocal Application package.

Reciprocal Barber License
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Apprentice Certification

In addition to professional barbering licenses, our Association also provides apprentice certifications. All interested candidates must submit proof of eligibility and be currently attending school or active in an employer-sponsored apprenticeship. To apply for membership, please download and fill out the apprentice application form:

For apprentices who are ready to challenge the exam, please fill out this form:

Become a Nova Scotia Certified Barber

Certified or licensed barbers from another province or country moving to Nova Scotia are welcome to apply for the NSRBA certification. We will evaluate your education and ensure that your degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to our Association’s certificate(s).

Please forward your documents and desired certification to the NSRBA registrar so we can start evaluating your application.

Process Maps for Registration:

Learn More About the Application Process

For any questions about our certifications and application process, please email the NSRBA registrar. We hope to hear from you soon.