A career as a barber means an opportunity to experience something new every day. It means a chance to establish and maintain worthwhile relationships, and to express your creativity in a way that benefits others. But, as with most careers, your first step to becoming a licensed barber is locating the right school and training.
The barber training curriculum is similar to that of cosmetology, with the exception that it is geared toward providing hair and skin services for men. Depending on your preference, you can either attend a beauty school, which also certifies barbers, or you can look into specialized colleges designed to specifically create and hone barbering skills. These programs will immerse you in the art of steam facials, foam shaves, and modern techniques to cut, color, and style men’s hair, giving you a wide range of applicable skills to use in your career.
The specific requirements for obtaining a barber license vary from state to state, in general barbers are required to have a formal education or apprenticeship. Although only some states recognize apprenticeship as a viable program, all states validate the completion of a barber school program.
Depending on the number of hours your state requires to complete this education (usually between 1,500 and 2,000 hours), you’ll likely be able to complete this phase in about one year. Once your education is complete, you’ll simply need to take your state’s license examination, which consists of a written section and a practical application portion. Passing this exam will certify your license, and you’ll only need to renew your license every year or two to ensure you’re complying with all safety protocol.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of barbers* is projected to grow 11 percent through the year 2022, to a total employment of 57,000 in the coming years. Now is the optimal time to begin your education. But what exactly will you learn during your time in a barber program?
If you’ve decided pursuing a career as a barber is right for you, don’t hesitate to sign up for barbering classes today! To search for a barber school near you, simply use the “Search for Schools” tool on this page, choose Barbering as your program, and open your door to a more stylish future. Below is a list of the best options based on your geographic region to make sure finding a barber school ideal for you isn’t a chore.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited Sept. 20, 2015); published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.