How do I Choose a Barbering School?

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Barbering is an ancient trade that is still going strong. Barbering, in the traditional sense, is about providing hair-cutting and grooming services to men. Some barbershops, however, now cater to female clients as well.

Attending a barbering school is useful in getting started as a barber. It is important to select an accredited barbering school with experienced teachers. Barbering schools are usually accredited by the National Accrediting Commission for Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), the the Accrediting Council for Continued Education and Training (ACCET), and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

There are independent barbering schools, and barbering courses are also offered by various technical schools, community colleges and cosmetology schools. Research prospective schools and their admission requirements on the Internet. Many schools require a high school diploma as a minimum qualification for admission. Talk to former students about their experience at a particular barbering school. Asking local barbers for suggestions or opinions is also a good idea.

Barbering courses usually last one year or less. Find out whether the courses are full-time or part-time, about the course timings and the courses being offered. Inquire about fee structures and availability of financial assistance at the selected barbering school.


Courses may vary with different schools. Generally, barbering schools teach hair styling, hair perming, hair coloring and color theory, and razor cutting and other cutting techniques. They offer training in trimming beards, mustaches, eyebrows and ear hair.

Students learn shaving, and possibly manicuring and pedicuring techniques. They learn about hair, nail and skin science. They learn about waxing, facials, shampooing, blow-drying and massage. They learn about treating hair and scalp conditions. Training may include make-up application, beauty treatment and cosmetology.

The course may also include some business administration courses. These courses are valuable in helping students know how to efficiently manage their businesses later. Barbers need to know how to keep inventory, order supplies, advertise the business and manage the finances. It also helps to develop communication and interpersonal skills.

At the end of the course, students receive a technical diploma or certification. In addition, barbers must also get a barber license. Most states require barbers to have a legitimate license in order to practice the trade. A barbering license is also necessary for barbers to be able to use a razor for shaving customers.

Eligibility for a barbering license varies in different states. People without a barbering school certificate may need a minimum high school diploma or barbering work experience. To get the license, students need to pass a practical exam and a written exam.


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