Barber School in NYC with Program and Course Descriptions

Nov 15, 2018

There are a few schools near New York City that have barbering programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission information for a school near downtown and find out if it is the right one for you.

New York City Schools with Barbering Programs

To become a professional barber, students must first graduate from a barbering program; the number of required hours is determined by the state. In New York, they also must complete two years as a barber apprentice under a licensed barber before applying for a full barbering license.

  • The Barber & Beauty Institute of New York is one of the schools in the New York City area with barbering programs, offering two courses, one for apprentices and another for more experienced barbers.

School information

In addition to information about the school and its programs, this article also includes a table of facts that prospective students should consider, such as size and costs.

Barber & Beauty Institute of New York
Barbering Programs Offered Barber Apprentice, Barber Operator, Barbering for Cosmetologists
School Type Technical college; private for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 44
Campus Setting Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $7,500
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 83%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions
Student:Teacher Ratio 7 to 1

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Barber & Beauty Institute of New York

The New York State Department of Education has approved BBI's courses and has also licensed the school. The school offers programs for both novices and experienced professionals.

Barber Apprentice Course

The basic barbering program can be completed in 500 hours. This course is intended for apprentice barbers who have registered with the state of New York. This program introduces and explains the expectations, guidelines, and procedures that students will need to know in order to pass the state board exam. Course topics include the history of barbering, infection control, safe work practices, microbiology, and facial hair design. Upon completion of this course, graduates will be ready take the state exam and become a licensed barber.

Barber Operator Course

A more comprehensive course, this option consists of 700 hours of study and covers both skill development and barbering theory. Students tackled advanced techniques and ideas such as implements and tools, New York State barber law, barbershop management, and licensing requirements. Graduates from this program will also be prepared to the barbershop management examination.

Barbering for Cosmetologists

This 400-hour course is for cosmetologists and those who are studying to become a cosmetologist. To enter the program, you must either have 800 hours of training or a cosmetology license. This course will set you up for the NYS barber operator exam to become a licensed barber.

Other School Options

Another school in the NYC area offering barber training is The American Barber Institute, which is located squarely in New York City. Graduation from this school's program can prepare students for barber licensure.

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