Barber non-degree training programs are available at barber schools throughout Arizona. These programs can be completed full- or part-time, and some will take less than a year. Students gain real world experience during training. In some cases, a final exam will be necessary to graduate from a program.
All American Barber Academy
The All American Barber Academy in Glendale was established in 1999 with four barber chairs. The school is now housed in a full service barber shop with 30 chairs. The tuition cost for the barber training program includes the cost of professional tools, books and supplies. Financial aid is available, as are payment plans.
Dunbar Barber Academy
The barber training program at this school in Tucson meets the 1,500 hour training requirement set by the Arizona State Board of Barbers. This multicultural school offers payment plans and financial aid. Tuition includes the costs of shears, combs, trimmers, clippers, sanitizer and a barber starter kit. Full-time students can complete this program within 10 months, or 15 months if attending on a part-time basis. Night classes are not available.
Hollywood Barber College
Applicants to this school in Tucson must be at least 16 years old and have proof of a high school education. The barber training program requires between 10 to 15 months. Students can expect to learn various haircutting techniques, as well as procedures for shaving and facial massage. Completion of this program will make students eligible to sit for the Arizona Board of Barbers practical examination.
International Barber College
Located in Chandler, the International Barber College offers a training program that requires 1,500 hours. Students can expect to study clipper and scissors cuts, coloring, shaving, sanitation, sterilization and shop management. Licensed professionals teach barbering techniques. To earn the designation, students must successfully pass a final examination.
Universal Barber College
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Universal Barber College is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. Arthur D. and Barbara Knox founded the school in 1995. Mr. Knox has over 25 years of experience as a barber and teaches the barber styling classes. Universal Barber College offers federal financial aid programs to qualified students.
The Barber Stylist - Level 1 program is designed for students with no prior experience or training in cosmetology. During 1,500 hours of instruction, students learn shaving techniques, proper chemical usage and hair cutting. The training includes classroom demonstrations, practice time, lectures and hands-on interaction with the public. Program graduates are eligible to take the Arizona Board of Barbers Examination.
Licensed cosmetologists may complete an additional 750 hours of study at Universal Barber College to obtain the Barber Stylist Level 2 credential. Through classroom demonstrations and lectures, students learn how to shave a client, style hair and apply chemical treatments. Graduates are prepared to take the Arizona Board of Barbers Examination.
Finally, UCB offers a Barber Instructor credential. Arizona law requires barber instructors to have two years of working experience, a barber's license and an education from a licensed barber instructor program. During the 450 hours of instruction, the Universal Barber College program teaches students how to manage a classroom and instruct new barbers. Students who complete the program will be eligible for the state licensing exam.
According to Arizona state law, barbers must complete 1,500 hours of training and obtain licensure through the Arizona Board of Barbers. Roughly 18 schools offer barber training programs in Arizona. Below are short overviews of five private, for-profit schools offering barber training programs, as well as a comparison table showing tuition information at a glance.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Barber Program Options||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|All American Barber Academy||< 2-year, private for-profit; midsize city||Barber Program||N/A|
|Dunbar Barber Academy||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Barber Program||$7,675**|
|Hollywood Barber College||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Barber Program||N/A|
|International Barber College||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||Barber Program||$16,125*|
|Universal Barber College||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city|| Barber Stylist - Level 1,
Barber Stylist - Level 2,
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School's website