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Barbering programs prepare people to become licensed barbers.

Barbering programs prepare people to work as barbers. Students learn to give haircuts and shaves to customers. They learn how to trim hair and beards, style hair, and fit hairpieces. They also learn to give shampoos.

Barbering programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges offer programs in barbering.

Many cosmetology schools offer certificate programs in barbering. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

You may also be required to pass a basic academic skills test such as the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most programs include a practicum in their curriculum. After practicing barbering techniques in labs and on mannequins, this is an opportunity to apply your skills with real clients.

Some programs have their own clinics where you can complete your practicum; other programs have a list of approved barbershops where you can work. Whatever the setting, you benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced barber.

Things to Know

You are expected to buy your own equipment and instruments for your courses.

You need to be licensed by the state to be a barber. State licensure requirements vary but typically include a written exam and a one- to three-year apprenticeship.

Many barbers are self-employed and run their own businesses. You may find it helpful to take business courses in accounting, marketing, and management.


East Side Area

Bluestone Academy

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Vuu's Beauty School

Spokane Area

Paul Mitchell The School - Spokane

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

BJ's Beauty and Barber College

Tri-Cities Area

Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology

West Side Area

Fosbre Academy of Hair Design