Before you can embark on a career as a successful barber you need to get licensed first. In order get the requisite license you need to pass a course that certifies your abilities as a barber. In such a course you will learn many things including cutting hair in different styles, skin disorders, infection control and even microbiology.
You can follow these steps to become a licensed barber in your state:
- Graduate from State approved barber school: Most of the barber schools offers 288 hour training programs on various subjects. These subjects includes facial massage, hair cutting and style, shop management, ethics, sanitation, hygiene and skin disorder and many more. Alternatively, you can also work as an apprentice for two years under the licensed barber who will act as your mentor.
- Submit a state barber operator application: After completing barber school you can submit the application for a barber license. This will serve as your licensing application and as a notice that you are ready to take the licensing exam. In order to obtain the license you will also have to complete a course in infection control.There is also an option for infection control online course and it is necessary for both the apprenticeship and other individuals looking for a career in hairdressing. Proof of the completion of the course should be submitted with application for a barbering license.
- Schedule and pass the licensing exam: Once you schedule the exam, start the preparation by referring to syllabus. You must pass the exam with 70% or higher.
- Renew your license every four years: The license for some states lasts for four years. Around three months before your license expires, you will get the renewal notice.
Most of the beauty treatments involve actions that can be dangerous if not performed by experienced and licensed personnel. Therefore it is essential to learn the proper techniques and gain the requisite knowledge to ensure your clients’ safety as well as your own.