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A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Barber


There are numerous perks to being a barber, including being able to set your own hours and the number of days a week you wish to work. It is also a job that you can perform in almost any location (as long as you have the appropriate license). But before you can hang up your shingle, there are some requirements you need to meet.

Educational Requirements

There are varying rules and regulations for becoming a barber in different countries. In the United States, you need to have a high school diploma (or GED) and complete a post-secondary or state-approved barber program. These programs can be taught by a cosmetology school as well as nonprofit institutions. The length of the program varies, but it usually takes about 66 weeks to complete. Some schools offer barber apprenticeships where classroom instruction is combined with paid on-the-job experience. These types of programs (usually offered by technical colleges) can last up to two years.

State Licensure Exam

You also have to pass a state licensure exam before you can work as a barber. Most state licensing exams consist of written, oral and skill portions. Keep in mind that eligibility requirements vary in every state. There is a fee to apply for a barber’s license, which again varies from state to state.

Some states accept an apprenticeship arrangement (working closely with a licensed barber) instead of formal school training. Other states, however, require an apprenticeship in addition to formal classes in barber education. Your barber’s license will likely need to be renewed regularly. Keep on top of cosmetology trends and take continuing education classes in your field. Doing this may help fulfill renewal requirements in your state.

Complete Training

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in barbering, it can be a lucrative and rewarding profession.

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers provides comprehensive barber training, preparing you for a career that you can pursue no matter where you live (state licensing requirements may vary) and for many years to come. Get the training and industry knowledge you can trust at Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers. Hop on board and start your career as a barber here at Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers.

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