Aspiring barbers in South Carolina have several avenues for training and licensure. After applying for a permit to train, students either complete a 1,500-hour program through an accredited school or serve a 12-month apprenticeship with a licensed barber instructor spanning about 1,920 hours.
The schools featured here allow students to earn a diploma or a technical certificate. To be considered for admission to either program, applicants need a high school diploma or GED. Practicum experience is a requirement of these programs. The 2 schools outlined below include the only not-for-profit option in the state and a public school just across the border in Georgia.
Augusta Technical College
Located just across the border in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta Technical College will transfer credits earned in barber programs by South Carolina residents to that state's Board for licensing. In addition, South Carolina residents living in McCormick, Edgefield, Barnwell, Allendale and Aiken counties will pay in-state tuition at this school. Beginning barbering students must have a high school diploma or GED, and will earn a 52-credit barbering diploma in 4 terms. Occupational courses include haircutting/styling, shaving, sterilization, color theory/application, chemical restructuring, anatomy/physiology, shop management/ownership and an internship. Currently licensed cosmetologists may earn a 19-credit barbering certificate in 2 terms, completing courses in barbering tools, sterilization, hair cutting/styling, shampooing and shaving, in addition to fulfilling an internship. This school also offers a barbering instructor training certificate program to barbers licensed in Georgia.
Denmark Technical College
Candidates to this Denmark-based 49-credit barbering diploma program must be high school graduates and meet placement test minimum score guidelines. Students learn skills necessary for barbers/stylists, wig specialists, skin/hair specialists and colorists. In addition, training is provided in sales, business management, small business ownership, platform artistry and product procurement. Skills are learned and practiced through clinical experiences and classroom lectures.
Upon completion of an education program, individuals must pass the state's required exam. Licensed cosmetologists with 2 years of experience are eligible for a crossover exam. In addition, barbers from other states may need to take the licensure exam unless they meet South Carolina's reciprocity requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Barber Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Augusta Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Diploma in Barbering,
Technical Certificate of Credit in Barbering for Cosmetologists
| $2,794 (in-state)*
|Denmark Technical College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Diploma in Applied Science in Barbering|| $5,568 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.