Technical institutes and colleges in the state of Florida offer various barbering training programs. Students can elect to complete a 1,200-hour barber training program or a 1,000-hour restricted barber training program. Both programs include practical skills training and classroom discussions. Nearly all programs detailed below may have additional program-specific fees beyond tuition. The seven public schools profiled below offer programs that qualify graduates to take licensure exams.
DG Erwin Technical Center
Students in Tampa can complete the Barbering I program at the DG Erwin Technical Center in 19 months. It requires 1,200 clock hours, and students gain training in hair cutting techniques, facial hair maintenance, hair styling, and hair coloring. Skin care is also covered. The Barbering II program is designed for licensed cosmetologists and takes about 6 months to complete.
Indian River College
This Fort Pierce-based college offers a 1,200-clock-hour barbering program that requires 150 hours of training each in 8 course topics. After an introductory course in barbering, students take classes covering styling, mustache and beard design, and shaving. Other course topics include anatomy and physiology, hair coloring, and hair chemical processes. Students finish up with a course covering job preparation and review of state law.
Lively Technical Center
Applicants for the barbering program at the Lively Technical Center in Tallahassee must be at least 16 years old and obtain sufficient scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Students must enroll full-time, and classes cover anatomy and physiology, bacteriology, barbering and chemistry, state laws and regulations, and barbering techniques. Through labs, students gain experience working with the tools and chemicals needed for barbering.
Manatee Technical Center
This school in Bradenton offers a 1,200-hour barbering program to students looking to become licensed barbers. It takes about 1 year to finish the program. Classes cover topics like salon administration, skin care, hair styling, hair and skin conditions, hair treatments, and hair removal. The program currently has a 43% employment placement rate and 55% on-time program completion rate.
Pensacola State College
This state college in Pensacola offers a 1,200-hour barbering program that is available during the evening. Students earn a Career and Technical Certificate in Barbering after completing 40 credits. Graduates come away with the skills needed to perform hair care and design.
Sheridan Technical Center
The Sheridan Technical Center in Hollywood has a 1,000-hour Restricted Barber Training Program and a 1,200-hour Barber Training Program. Both programs help students develop skills in communication, leadership, and human relations, and offer training in workplace safety, state regulations, chemistry, bacteriology, physiology, hair styling, and facial hair care. The 1,200-hour program also covers hair pieces, hair coloring, chemical hair treatments, and entrepreneurship. Graduates can apply for licensing, with graduates of the 1,000-hour program eligible to take the exam to be licensed as a restricted barber.
The Florida Barbers' Board regulates barbers in the state and requires completion of either a barber or a restricted barber training program prior to applying for licensure. The licensure process includes passing a state-certified exam. Individuals who complete restricted barber training programs will require additional approval from a school official before applying for state licensure. Restricted barbers can perform the same services as regular licensed barbers, except they are not permitted to add-in hair solutions or chemicals.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Barbering Programs Offered||Tuition|
|DG Erwin Technical Center||2-year, public; large city||Barbering Program||$4,574 (2020)*|
|Indian River College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb||Barbering Career Training Program||$2,764 in-state, $10,201 out-of-state (2018-19)**; may have additional program-specific fees*|
|Lively Technical College||Less-than 2-year, public; midsize city||Barbering program||$5,206 may have additional program-specific fees (2019)*|
|Manatee Technical Institute||2-year, public; large suburb||Barbering program||$5,929 (2019)*|
|Pensacola State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Career and Technical Certificate in Barbering||$2,704 in-state, $10,875 out-of-state; (2018-19)**|
|Sheridan Technical Center||2-year, public; large suburb|| Restricted Barber Program,
Barber Training Program
|$5,276 tuition and fees (2018-19)*|
Source: *Schools' websites, **NCES College Navigator.