As a profession committed not only to the aesthetics of hair configurations, a barber must also be concerned about a number of health and hygiene issues. As such, all 50 states in the United States require that barbers become licensed. Although there are contingencies between each state, there are some general requirements for barber school which apply to them all. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about just a few of the barber's license requirements.
All states require that one pass the minimum amount of barbering or cosmetology courses. However, some states allow you to forego this experience in place of an apprenticeship. New Hampshire is the only state that requires both of these experience in order to earn your barber's license. The course requirements will vary from school to school, but each barber or cosmetology school has to be certified by the state of which you are taking the courses at as a certified and accredited institution.
An state certified barber's examination will then be given you, which consists of two parts. One is a written, theoretical test, while the second test is a hands on examination. Although the material on both tests varies from state to state, many states make use of the exams that are offered through the National Interstate Council on State Boards of Cosmetology, which are quite uniform and tend to offer many of the same exam questions from year to year. There are also several requirements that a would be student of this examination must meet. For example, in most states, you must be of at least 18 years of age and also have earned your high school diploma, or an equivalent, such as the GED.
Continuing Education Requirements
Most states do not require any continuing education requirements when you are required to renew your barber's license. However, there are some exceptions. Both Illinois and Connecticut, for example, require that you take several courses in order to successfully renew your state barber's license. These courses often times offer a refresher in safety techniques, or will require that the barber display his or her knowledge in advancements in the field since she earned or last renewed his or her license.
Hopefully, you have learned a bit about the process of earning your barber's license. Although the requirements vary from state to state, some of the general requirements and demands remain the same.