Barbering Schools in District of Columbia

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How to Become a Barber in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Washington DC is $29,230 ($14.05/hour). This is higher than the national average of $30,150 ($14.50/hour).
  • There is a predicted 7% job increase for barbers between 2018-2028 nationally.

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Fortunately, we make it simple for you to compare barber programs and cosmetology school options in your area. Barber school programs can teach you the fundamentals and latest styles for men's cuts, as well as shaving techniques that will keep your clients coming back. All you have to do is use the search box at the top of this page, or scroll down to view a list of schools that want to speak with students like yourself. So what are you waiting for? Learn about barber program and licensing details and start comparing programs today!

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

To work as a barber, you must become an expert in men’s hair care and styling. A barber license requires 1,500 hours of training, unless you already have a Washington DC cosmetology license. In that case, you only need 500 additional hours of education. In total, you must pay $230 in fees to earn your license via examination.

Education Details

When you enroll in a DC barbering program, you should have a high level of expectation about learning the art and science of haircutting, grooming and other techniques that fall into this skillset. Being a barber today means more than simple cuts and a basic shave. Men's haircuts sometimes require the same complex approach that women's styles require.

In DC barbering programs, you may take such courses as:

  • Hair relaxing and soft curl
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Shaving
  • Mustache and beard design

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

District of Columbia Barbering Careers


Average yearly salary for barbering in District of Columbia

Contact the District of Columbia State Board of Barbering

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

The nation’s capital has no shortage of experienced barber professionals and that number is expected to rise in the next two years. For those who want to become a part of that esteemed group, these resources are vital.

DC Department Of Employment Services Apprenticeship Information
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