Only one public, non-profit school offers barber training in the state. However, students can also find this training at a for-profit institution that is approved by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences. Programs offer hands-on instruction, and students often have the opportunity to work with real clients at a school-sponsored barber shop. Training takes less than a year to complete, and some programs can be taken in the evening.
Barber School of Pittsburgh
The Barber School of Pittsburgh offers morning, afternoon, and evening programs to accommodate aspiring barbers who may have busy schedules. The school allows students to work with real clients at a discounted rate through a student barber shop that is open 6 days per week. During the program, students can also learn about sanitation methods, straight razors, hair cutting, facial massages, bacteriology, shop management, and barber ethics.
Fortis Institute has a campus in Erie that provides a barber styling program. Students can practice hair cutting, styling and coloring. They can also take classes in sales techniques, ethics, and psychology. The school's barber clinic allows students to work with actual clients in a barber shop environment.
To become a licensed barber in the state, the Pennsylvania Department of State reported that applicants must complete 1,250 hours of training within 9 months through a barber school or a licensed barber shop. In addition, individuals must pass the State Board of Barbers Examiners examination, which includes a practical component. Applicants must also pay a fee and have the equivalent of an 8th grade education. Barber licenses are subject to renewal requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Barber Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Barber School of Pittsburgh||Less than 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Barber Training Program||$17,925 (total program cost)**|
|Fortis Institute||2-year, private for-profit; midsize suburb||Barber Styling Program||$13,157*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator **Barber School of Pittsburgh