Practice as a Hairdresser or a Barber
In order to practice as a hairdresser or a barber in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register and obtain the professional licence by the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry.
The term “hairdresser” refers to the person who provides services to the women’s’ or men’s’ hairdressing, such as haircuts, hairstyles (simple, fashion/trends, artistic), hair-coloring, curles, hair-straightening, shades, highlights and related technical and artistic works, related to the treatment of hair, the installment and full services of small and regular size wigs.
In parallel, the term “barber” refers to the person who is engaged in cutting, washing and hairdressing and/or the shaving of men.
Who is Eligible
Every natural person is eligible register to the Hairdressers’ and Barbers’ Register and obtain a licence to practice as a hairdresser or a barber, provided that the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar is satisfied that the applicant:
A) Is an EU member state citizen or at the time of application is a spouse or child of an EU member state citizen and has his/hers usual residence in the Republic of Cyprus and;
Furthermore, the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar has the authority, on special cases, to allow for any time-period as defined by the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar, the registration to the Hairdressers’ and Barbers’ Register of a person, who has his/her usual residence in the Republic of Cyprus and fulfills the prerequisites as defined in paragraph (B), even if he/she is not an EU member state citizen or a spouse or child of an EU member state citizen:
B) Holds a hairdresser and/or barber diploma or certificate of a recognized secondary professional institute/school of at least two years of study and has the following practical experience:
- Barber: one year of practicing the profession;
- Hairdresser: two years of practicing the profession.
C) Has practiced the profession of a hairdresser or barber for at least one year prior to the date which, the current Law comes into effect, given that the applicant provides the necessary proof/evidence, as defined by the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar. In case of legal person, the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar must be convinced that the above are valid for one of the directors of the legal person.
Persons that do not possess the requested qualification as defined in paragraph (B) may have be eligible to register to the Hairdressers’ and Barbers’ Register if they can prove that they have the following experience:
- Barber: four years of practicing the profession;
- Hairdresser: five years of practicing the profession.
Where to Apply
The application for member’s registration can be submitted directly to the competent authority:
Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar
Panagron 1a (Industrial Area),
2540 Dali, Nicosia
Tel: +357 22468314/ +357 77778838
Fax: +357 22468315
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- Copy of Diploma (with translation in Greek or English language if applicable);
- Copy of Certificate of Social Insurance Contributions (in order to prove the years of working experience in hairdressing/barbing);
- Copy of photo;
- Copy of passport or identity card;
- Copy of Residence and Employment Permit.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
Upon approval, the applicant must pay:
- Licence fee of €50 to the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer);
- Along with the registration fee of €17 to the Pancyprian Federation of Hairdressers and Barbers (as defined by the general meeting).
The renewal fee is €50 along with the subscription fee of €17.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The licence is valid until the 31st of December of the year for which it has been issued. The renewal fee is €50 along with the subscription fee of €17.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Registration of Hairdressers and Barbers Law of 2003 (28 (I) / 2003)
- The Registration of Hairdressers and Barbers Regulations (in the “Applications & Documents”)
What are my Obligations
Registered hairdressers and barbers are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Registering hairdressers and Barbers Law and Regulations, as periodically amended.
Authorized officers of the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar conduct regular inspections in order to ensure that the hairdressers/barbers possess the relevant licence.