Limerick's Multi Award Winning Barber Shop & Academy
Limerick's Multi Award Winning Barber Shop & Academy

Barber School

Retro Academy provides the best possible training for Barbers, Hairdressers, and Trainees at all levels of training from beginner up to advanced in the Mid West.

Course Benefits

Improve confidence with your gents cuts

Practical workshops & Demonstrations

Learn Traditional & Modern Barbering techniques

Build on your existing male clientele

Expert one to one training

Maintain best practices

VTCT Level 2 certificate in Barbering

Level 2 Certificate in Barbering 

This course is 1 evening a week for 12 weeks and is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in barbering.  If you have completed our Level 1 barbering courses or have previous barbering or hairdressing experience  this course will give you an internationally recognised qualification in barbering . At our Barber School students have gained employment as a junior barber  directly after completing this course  along with the  Level 1 barbering course combined with the Level 2 Certificate course  .

Students will be assessed on 4 separate modules and will  produce a portfolio of their work consisting of

Client Consultation

Cutting Hair ,

Facial Hair ,

and Health & Safety ,

The Course consists of practical assignments,  exams and 8 practical assessments .


The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Barbering qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 years and over and includes the units to prepare you to work effectively as a Junior Barber.
This qualification will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to advise and consult with men on the type of haircut and facial hair shaping the way they want, but just as importantly what is suitable for them. You will also learn how to work in a safe manner throughout the service protecting both yourself and your clients. deliver exceptional results. 

For more information and bookings please  email Frank at or ring Retro  Barber Shop on 061 316751, and a member of our team will look after you.

Total course cost: EURO 1,800.
Deposit: €400.


Course Content 

  • Working on live models. 
  • Scissors over comb
  • Club cutting
  • Texturizing
  • Clipper over comb
  • Blending
  • Fading techniques

Your Tutor 

Frank Hackett will be your educator for this course . A 3rd generation barber with over 20 years experience and many industry awards to his name . Frank is also the Barbering Educator for Keune Ireland  and has represented Ireland at the world and European Championships picking up 3 awards . 

Frank Hackett will do weekly  live demonstrations  throughout the course to give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from one of Ireland’s leading educators .   

*Irish Visionary Awards Winner       

* Keune Ireland Educator

*International Visionary Finalist

*European Barbering Championships  3 Awards

*World barbering Championships  Top 5 Finish

* Keune Ireland Educator

*   L’Oreal  Men’s Image  Award Finalist 2018

* 3 rd. Generation Barber




Introduction to Barbering

Monday Evenings, 6 - 8pm

Introduction to Barbering this course. This course is suitable for beginners Hairdressers or for those with limited experience in barbering. You will learn the foundations of cutting men’s hair from basic sectioning and clipper work.

Total course cost: EURO 300.

Booking Deposit €50

Course Content

  • Clipper Confidence
  • Basic Sectioning
  • Assessing Head Shape
  • Introduction to Scissors Work
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Scissors over Comb
  • Clipper Blending
  • Outlines & Tapers

Advanced Barbering

5 Weeks

1 Evening a week for 5 weeks this course is for students that have completed their introduction course and want to move on to the next level also ideal for hairdressers with limited Gents Hair experience.
Models required each week for practical work.

Total course cost: EURO 300

Booking Deposit €100

Course Content

  • Advanced Clipper Techniques
  • Scissors & Clipper over Comb
  • Tapering Blending
  • Fading & Skin Fading
  • Professional Finish to your Haircuts

Hairdresser to Barber

5 Weeks

For Hairdressers or for those with limited experience in barbering. You will learn the foundations of cutting men’s hair from basic sectioning and clipper work. 1 evening a week for 5 weeks, Models required each week for practical work.

Total course cost: EURO 300

Course Content

  • Clipper Confidence
  • Basic Sectioning
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Scissors over Comb
  • Clipper Blending
  • Outlines & Tapers
  • Fading

1 day Workshop

We have another fantastic 1 Day barber workshop on Sunday Oct 18th  with Keune Ireland educator  Frank Hackett  for a 1 day creative barber workshop where we will be doing live demos and taking a small group in the afternoon for 1-1 training. to book your place click on either of the links below to secure your place.

Total cost: EURO 130

In Salon or Collage Visit

1 Day

We deliver an education day tailored for your salon/Barbers, ETB training centre this gives your team/students
the opportunity to improve their skills and confidence

The day starts with a presentation and demonstration followed by an afternoon workshop for all your team.

To ensure your day is built for you Frank will ring you and discuss your day and make sure you receive value from the training day.

The day should provide education they can use to benefit the salon, the clients and themselves.

Location: We Come To You

Pay €150 online now to secure your spot and the remainder paid in installments in-store.

Total Price: POA


  • Frank made me feel very confident I went from not being able to hold a scissors to doing all sorts of haircuts. After completing the introduction course I went on to do the 12 week course and I couldn’t believe how confident I was getting week by week. Frank and all the staff really made me feel welcome. Unfortunately I can’t leave work to go on and do more training as a barber but I really feel this course helped me with my confidence and will stand to me in the future.

    Roisin Quinn
  • I absolutely loved the course, couldn’t recommend it enough. I’m so much more confident with barbering since. If you give it your all for the 12 weeks and have your models you’ll get so much out of it. Frank is a brilliant trainer, so if its something you are thinking about doing go for it, you wont regret it.

    Laura Flaherty
    Co. Clare
  • I highly recommend this course for anybody looking to begin a career in barbering or to even further their skills. Frank is very knowledgeable and up to date with the latest styles and trends in barbering.

    Shane O'Brien
  • The course itself was a lot of fun, it wasn’t like school, it was all hands on and different every day!

    Rachel O Donnell