Iowa Adopts New Barber Apprenticeship Rules

On May 16, 2022, the Iowa Board of Barbering (Board) adopted new rules that affect apprenticeship. AHP has outlined the new rules below. The rules are effective August 3, 2022.


The new rules amend and add new definitions relating to apprenticeship programs.

  • Apprentice—a person who is at least 16 years old, is employed in an occupation that has apprenticeship programs, is an Iowa state resident, and is registered by the Office of Apprenticeship of the US Department of Labor.
  • Apprenticeship instructor—an instructor who provides theory instruction in an apprenticeship program and who meets the US Department of Labor’s requirements for career and technical instructors. It is recommended that all apprenticeship instructors have training in adult learning styles and teaching techniques.
  • Apprenticeship program—a program registered by the Office of Apprenticeship of the US Department of Labor that details terms and conditions for training apprentices, including qualifications, recruitment, selection, employment, and a written apprenticeship agreement between an apprentice and an active licensee in an active, licensed barbershop.
  • Apprenticeship sponsor—an entity operating an apprenticeship program, or an entity in whose name an apprenticeship program is being operated, that is registered or approved by the Office of Apprenticeship of the US Department of Labor.
  • On-the-job trainer—the individual providing instruction and supervision of an apprenticeship program’s practical hours. This individual must be a licensee, and the training must occur in a licensed establishment.

New Sub-Rules

Barbershop owners must comply with US Department of Labor laws and regulations to offer an apprenticeship program. Barbershop owners who provide apprenticeship programs must operate a licensed establishment and guarantee that on-the-job trainers are licensed.

Barbershops that employ apprentices must display a sign at their entrances that indicate an apprentice is employed and may perform services under the supervision of a licensed apprenticeship supervisor.

Every apprentice working in a barbershop must have a valid government-issued photo ID as proof of identity to show the Board upon request.

Effective: August 3, 2022.

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