Certified Barber: Certification and Career Facts

Continue reading to learn more about educational programs and certification regulations for prospective barbers. Read about what you could earn and career prospects. Schools offering Nail Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Becoming a barber requires enrolling in a state-approved cosmetology or barber program that will teach prospective candidates everything from hair cutting to the proper hair and scalp treatment. These programs will enable potential barbers to enter into an entry-level position with the proper skills to excel in their field.

Schools Barber and cosmetology schools are available. In person and distance learning are also offered, depending upon the school.
Licensing Requirements vary per state; however, every potential barber must pass a state exam in order to practice.
Salary (2014) $25,410 (Median)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Virginia Barber School, The Barber School'

What Will I Study?

In a certificate program, you'll learn about different subjects, including anatomy and physiology of the scalp, skin care, facial massage, hair cutting, shaving, dying and styling. Courses in sanitation, disinfectants, chemical safety and state laws can help you prepare for state examinations.

You can study business management and communications through certificate programs in barber or cosmetologist management. Barber or cosmetologist instructor programs can include courses in student assessment, lesson-plan development and student management.

Associate degree and diploma programs in cosmetology commonly include the barbering coursework that certificate programs offer, as well as courses in make-up application, safety and sanitary measures for manicuring and pedicuring, nail shaping and decorating, skin diseases and chemical application. You might also take courses in sales and management.

Although they can take up to two years to complete, associate degree and diploma programs in cosmetology commonly offer a more diverse array of courses, preparing you for work in manicuring, pedicuring, make-up application and skin care, as well as barbering. Both of these programs commonly qualify you for the state-licensing process and include practice hours as part of the curriculum. If you're interested in owning and operating your own salon, you may benefit from an associate degree program in cosmetology.

How Can I Pick a School?

You may benefit from enrolling in schools that have barbering and hair-styling facilities on-campus for the appropriate experiential training. Because of the hands-on nature of barbering, programs with distance-education options don't commonly exist. You may find online certificate programs in barbering instruction due to the largely academic quality of subject matter.

You should consider your professional goals, whether they include the practice of additional cosmetology techniques or management, before enrolling in a program. You should always ensure that the curriculum of a prospective program meets state-licensing prerequisites. This applies to barbering, instruction, management and all other cosmetic professions.

What Can I Expect to Earn?

Barbers earned a median annual wage of $25,410 in May 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). This salary can be expected if you solely focus on barbering, a career which was anticipated to see a 13% employment growth between 2012 and 2022. You may increase your wages if you become licensed and work as a manicurist, pedicurist or skincare specialist in addition to a barber.

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  • Virginia College

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    Popular programs at Virginia College:

    • Certificates

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    • Georgia: Augusta, Columbus, Macon
    • South Carolina: Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Columbia, Florence
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  • World A Cuts Barber Institute

    Campus Locations:

    • Pennsylvania: York
  • Winston Salem Barber School

    Campus Locations:

    • North Carolina: Winston Salem
  • Westside Tech

    Campus Locations:

    • Florida: Winter Garden
  • West Michigan College of Barbering and Beauty

    Campus Locations:

    • Michigan: Kalamazoo
  • West Georgia Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Georgia: Waco
  • Washington Barber College Inc

    Campus Locations:

    • Arkansas: Little Rock
  • Pearl River Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Mississippi: Poplarville
  • Vogue Beauty and Barber School

    Campus Locations:

    • Georgia: Hiram