Barber Shop Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Barbering schools and colleges include both hair styling and barber shop management courses in their barber education programs. Look for accredited programs that provide hands-on training.

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Public and private colleges and freestanding schools offer barbering training where students learn how to cut hair, shave clients and run a barber shop. Those hoping to open their own barber shop should look for schools that offer additional training in business and entrepreneurship.

Schools with Barber Shop Programs

The following colleges offer program completion awards usually in the form of a certificate.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (in-state, 2015-2016)*
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,830
Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,764
Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,704
Hinds Community College Raymond, MS 2-year, Public Certificate $2,600
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate $2,746
Olympic College Bremerton, WA 4-year, Public Associate's Degree, Certificate $3,837
Florida Technical College Orlando, FL 4-year, Private for-profit Diploma $20,250
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $3,624
Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA 2-year, Public Certificate $3,681

Source: *National Center For Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Here are a few points to take into consideration when deciding on a barber school that's right for you.

  • Since barbers must be licensed to work, make sure schools that offer associate's degree programs have regional accreditation.
  • Visit schools to see if they offer opportunities for hands-on barbering training, either on-campus or at local businesses.
  • If the school has an on-site barber shop, make sure it has up-to-date, industry-standard equipment.
  • Some schools may provide business training in addition to practical learning, so decide if you want both.

Certificate Programs

Barbering certificate programs usually take a year or less to complete. In order to prepare students for state licensure, they typically combine conceptual coursework with hands-on training in the field. Students may also take courses in business-related topics such as customer service and business math. Also, they learn about barbering safety, including sterilization techniques and disease transmission prevention strategies.

Associate's Degrees

While associate's degrees are not offered specifically in barbering, aspiring barbers may get relevant training through Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) in Cosmetology programs. These programs are generally designed to prepare students for cosmetologist licensure, but they include similar coursework in hair care and salon safety, and they also allow barbers to meet general education requirements.

Numerous colleges and technical institutes across the country offer barber programs or cosmetology programs that include barbering, and it's important for schools to be accredited. An undergraduate certificate, short-term certificate, or possibly a diploma may be earned upon completion.

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