Barber Continuing Education Programs: An Overview

Barbers keep their skills and licenses current by completing continuing education programs. Learn where to find these programs and about licensure requirements for barbers.

Preview some common course options for continuing education designed for barbers. Learn about what kind of skills you can learn and the details about taking these classes.

Program Information

Barbers are licensed cosmetology professionals who cut hair, trim beards, and provide other skin and hair services for men. Barbers attend continuing education schools and programs to develop their skills and to fulfill license renewal requirements. Some of these programs may even be available online. Continuing education programs can often encompass many subjects related to barbering health and safety, giving barbers the opportunity to increase their knowledge base beyond simple review courses. More information is available below.

Programs At a Glance


  • These programs are open to licensed barbers and consist of 2 credit hours worth of content.
  • It is possible to find these programs online.

Continuing Education for Barber/Cosmetologist Course

  • These courses typically last around 6 credit hours and are open to licensed barbers.
  • The majority of this types of programs are offered on-campus.

Barber Courses

Course topics vary by state and by school. Generally, states that require continuing education for barber's license renewals require classes in health and safety issues. Some continuing education courses for barbers include HIV/AIDS education for barbers, sanitation and safety procedures, barbering laws, ethics, product knowledge, and barbering techniques. Both online and on-campus programs are available depending on the institution and the subject learned.

Technical schools, community colleges, and cosmetology schools offer continuing education courses for barbers. Additionally, barbers can earn continuing education credits by attending workshops or seminars at trade shows and professional conferences.

Licensure Requirements

Barbers must be licensed by the state in which they work, and licensure requirements vary by state. Some states require barbers to complete continuing education on a regular basis for license renewal. For example, Iowa requires all barbers to complete eight hours of continuing education courses every two years. There are also states that only require some barbers to complete continuing education. For example, Wisconsin only requires barbers with less than eight years of experience to complete continuing education hours every two years.

Continuing education courses are required for most barbers to keep their license. These courses can range in subject from general barbering and skill refreshers to HIV/AIDS education.

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