Online Schools for Barbers: How to Choose

Learn about important considerations when selecting an online barber school. Keep reading to get an overview of the program options, prerequisite factors, and common topics offered for the field of study.

Due to the hands-on nature of the business, online schools for barbers can be difficult to locate for entire programs, but some training can be found online. Students should look into the types of prerequisites needed for their desired training and see if those courses can be taken online.

How to Select an Online Barber School

Students considering online barber schools must make their decision based on several key factors. Education programs for barbers are not normally available in fully online format. However, some prerequisites for entry-level education programs are available online, and opportunities for students to study cosmetology business and management may also be found. Students must then weigh licensing requirements.

Program Availability

Entry-level training programs for barbers are not available in online form because of the hands-on nature of hair care and training requirements. For most who wish to be barbers, traditional courses at a beauty or barber school or a traditional college with a hair care program are required.

Some prerequisite courses in areas such as business, law, customer service, anatomy and physiology are available in online format from some institutions. Other programs are also available for barbers and cosmetology professionals who wish to incorporate their training and experience towards credit for a degree program.

Licensing Requirements

Most states have licensing requirements for barbers and other cosmetology professionals. Normally, professionals in this field must complete a state-approved education program and pass a licensing test, typically offered through the state's licensing cosmetology board. Advanced positions, such as instructor or manager, are usually more accessible to those who have completed suitable training and obtained professional certification.

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Anatomy and Prerequisite Programs

Courses specifically designed as prerequisites for those who will enter beauty school are available in online form from some institutions. Subjects covered often include:

  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty professionals
  • Product effects on skin, nails and hair
  • Cosmetic chemistry

Cosmetology Business and Law Programs

Some schools offer an online associate or bachelor's degree in cosmetology business that aims to prepare graduates for career advancement into a management position or to start their own businesses. Courses are usually offered through college education software that combines communication tools, such as email and forums, with online testing and some automatic assignment grading capabilities. Topics covered include:

  • Business strategies
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Accounting and finance

Schools with Online Barber Courses

The Center for Professional Advancement offers many courses that act as continuing education and accredited technical training for beauty professionals. Course options include the use of probiotics in cosmetics, ultraviolet damage and repair, fragrance basics, and an introduction to modern cosmetic preservation, as well as a course on dandruff shampoo.

Des Moines Area Community College contains an online class on Iowa Cosmetology Law and Sanitation, a self-study course that acts as the two-hour continuing education necessitated by the state law. Instructions for completing the course are emailed to students once they are fully registered for the class.

Fully online barber schools don't exist, but course requirements can be fulfilled online for prerequisites and to meet continuing education requirements.

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