Barber Schools in Tampa, FL with Career Training Overviews

Oct 13, 2018

There are several schools within 35 miles from downtown Tampa that have barber programs. Read an overview of two of these schools' programs, requirements and admission information and find out which school is the right one for you.

Tampa, FL, Schools with Barber Programs

There are at least two public schools an hour or less from Tampa, FL, that offer programs that meet state standards for barber training. This article gives an overview of these programs, which are both offered by public schools less than an hour from downtown Tampa. It also contains a table that lists important information such as costs, enrollment figures and the graduation rate for each school, making it easy for prospective students to compare them.

  • Erwin Technical College is roughly five miles outside of downtown Tampa. The school, which is part of the Hillsborough County Public Schools system, offers a barbering program for new students.
  • Although it's about 35 miles from Tampa's downtown, Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, FL, is another school students may want to consider. A barbering licensure course can be completed here to prepare for state licensure.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a barber training program should consider many factors when choosing a school to attend. This table offers a comparison of several vital aspects, making it easy to see how the schools compare.

Erwin Technical College Manatee Technical College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,015* 803*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Estimated Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) Barber I program cost: $4,312 for FL residents** Barber program cost: $5,875 for FL residents***
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 68%* 88%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 81%* 80%*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2014) 72%* 54%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Erwin Technical College, *** Manatee Technical College

Erwin Technical College

This school can accommodate students with special needs or disabilities. Career planning services are also available on campus. The tuition for the barber programs includes books, supplies, student fees and insurance.

Barbering I Program

The barbering I program is 1,200 clock hours in length completed over a 19-month period. Students receive experience in not only hair care but skin care as well. The hair training portion of the program goes over styling, cutting, beard and mustache designing and trimming, relaxing, coloring, lightening and permanent waving. The skin care portion covers facials.

Manatee Technical College

This technical and career education school offers a variety of adult education, career preparation and personal enrichment programs, as well as online courses. The barbering program is offered through the human services division.

Barbering Licensure Program

In order to participate in this licensing program for barbers, students are required to purchase a kit with the necessary equipment used in barbering. Students learn about skin disorders and diseases and various barbering techniques. In addition to practical classroom work and theoretical coursework, students are required to participate in live clinical situations. As part of the learning process here, students learn about sanitizing, cleaning and decontaminating work areas. The entire length of this program is about 1,200 hours.

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