For many professions, going to school, completing your classes, and earning your degree are not the only steps you'll need to take in order to be able to work in the real world. Licensing exams and certification are often important for those who want to work with other people in some way. Such is the case for the barber.
Attending Barber School
The first step in acquiring your barber license is actually to attend an accredited barber school. The fact that the barber school is accredited will indicate that the barber program meets the requirements for you, the student, to eventually obtain your barber license.
It is at barber school that you will learn proper techniques and get to do firsthand work with clients. Students mostly learn the art of male haircutting and male grooming. This experience, coupled with classroom instruction by barbers who have been in your very shoes at some point in their lives, helps you on your path to earning your barber degree and eventually getting to take your barber licensing exam.
Obtaining a Barber License
Once you've obtained your barber degree, you can apply to get your barber license. How does this work? Well, you must have proof that you've attended an accredited barber school and completed a prescribed course of study, including the amount of hours of experience required by both your barber school and your state's barber licensing board.
Each state has their own set of rules and regulations when it comes to barber licenses. You can find out the specifics of what your state requires usually by checking it out online. You may also be able to go in person and apply for your barber license, but be sure to have all your paperwork in order so the barber license process can go as smoothly as possible.
Taking the Barber Exam
An extended part of obtaining a barber license includes sitting for the barbering exam. The word "exam" may be intimidating but, if you've successfully completed your barber school coursework, you should have no problem acing the barbering exam. There will be a fee to take the barbering exam, but this is a standard requirement. As long as you pass the barbering exam, you will receive your barber license in the mail within two to four weeks of taking the exam. Should you fail the barbering exam, then you will not be eligible for your barber license and must reschedule a time to take your test.
Although the barber license process may seem long and tedious, it is a necessary process. However, with the help of an accredited barber school, you will have the tools (or shall we say shears?) you need to go out there and pass your requirements with flying colors.