Barber Schools in North Carolina

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Alamance Barber Institute – Accredited

2260 South Church Street Suite 503
Burlington, NC 27215

Beyond Measure Barbering Institute – Accredited

524 West Center Street
Mebane, NC 27302

Blue Ridge Community College – Accredited

180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College – Accredited

931 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27707

Central Carolina Community College – Accredited

1105 Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

Edgecombe Community College

225 Tarboro Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27801

Grace College of Barbering

1206 Dickinson Avenue
Greenville, NC 27834

Harris Barber College

803 South Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27616

Holton Career and Resource Center – Accredited

401 North Driver Street
Durham, NC 27703

Isothermal Community College – Accredited

286 Icc Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160

James Sprunt Community College – Accredited

133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349

Just for You Barber/Styling Academy

5108-5 North Reagan Road
Charlotte, NC 28206

K & B Barber College

3281 Avent Ferry Road Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27606

London International Barber and Beauty Academy

3211 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405

McDowell Technical Community College – Accredited

54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752

Next Level Barber Academy

215 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC 28054

No Grease Barber School – Accredited

3120 Wilkinson Boulevard Unit-D1
Charlotte, NC 28208

One Stop Academy – Accredited

2653 Hope Mills Road Suite 14 & 15
Fayetteville, NC 28306

PITT Community College

1986 Pitt Tech Road
Winterville, NC 28590

Premier Grooming Academy

5800 North Sharon Amity Road Suite J
Charlotte, NC 28213

Prestige Barber College

2006 Phillips Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405

Roanoke-Chowan Community College – Accredited

109 Community College Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Sherrill's University of Barber & Cosmetology

2110 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610

Touch of Precision School of Barbering – Accredited

6701-C North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28213

Winston Salem Barber School

1700 Stanley Road Suite E
Greensboro, NC 27407

Winston Salem Barber School – Accredited

1531 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Barber in North Carolina

North Carolina Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,528 education hours or 1 year apprenticeship are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in North Carolina is $43,450.
  • There is a predicted 9% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

Before you can work as a barber in the Tar Heel State, you must follow specific steps to obtain the necessary experience, qualifications, and certifications. From education and training to state examinations and licensing, these steps provide the building blocks of a rewarding barbering career. Continue reading as we lay out some of the most crucial elements of a North Carolina barber certification.

  • Education: First, you must enroll in and complete a state-approved barbering program. North Carolina requires all future barbers complete at least 1,528 hours of training, including classroom instruction and hands-on practice.
  • Training: You must complete a one-year apprenticeship program at an approved location.
  • State Exams: After meeting all the requirements of an approved barbering program, students must pass the licensure exam overseen by the North Carolina Board of Barber and Electrolysis Examiners.
  • Licensing: Once you pass the state barbering exam, you can apply for a license. You must include proof that you successfully completed an approved barbering program and your passing scores on the exam.

After completing an approved barbering program and meeting all requirements for licensure, you are ready to utilize your skills and begin a rewarding barbering career. Alongside barber training, some students complete a crossover program introducing cosmetology skills. This provides a solid way to expand your professional toolbox and marketability.

North Carolina's barbering rules can impact whether you secure and maintain licensure, so aspiring barbers should consult the state Board of Barber and Electrolysis Examiners with any questions or concerns.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in North Carolina

1,528 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

North Carolina barbering schools prepare students with the skills needed to jumpstart a successful career in the industry. As a barbering student, you can anticipate a combination of theoretical instruction and hands-on practice. Upon graduation, you should have the technical skills and business knowledge to thrive in your barbering career.

A barbering curriculum typically covers a wide range of theoretical and technical skills. These classes traditionally touch on essential topics like hair cutting techniques, hair styling, beard trimming, and hair coloring. Standout programs also touch on client safety, business management, and customer service topics.

In addition to theoretical training, prepare to gain extensive practical training. Students hone their skills on mannequins and eventually move to real clients under the watchful eye of experienced instructors.

As well as meeting the state's requirements for licensure, barber programs also prepare you for the state's licensure exams, providing comprehensive review materials, practice exams, and guidance to succeed in both the written and practical portions of the exam.

Here are some of the topics that are covered during a North Carolina barbering program:

  • Hair Cutting Techniques: Students learn techniques including clipper cuts, scissor cuts, layering, fading, and blending.
  • Shaving and Beard Grooming: Students learn the art of traditional shaving techniques, including straight razors, beard shaping, and beard trimming.
  • Sanitation and Safety: These essential topics emphasize maintaining a clean and safe workplace, disinfection and sterilization techniques, and North Carolina health and safety regulations.
  • Barbering Tools and Equipment: Students familiarize themselves with tools of the trade and how to use them safely and effectively.
  • Business Management: Running a successful barbering business requires more than cutting hair. Client management, scheduling, retail sales, and marketing are vital to barbershop life.
  • Customer Service: Learn how to provide excellent customer service by focusing on essential topics like effective communication, client consultation, and building a dedicated customer base.

Before you enroll in a North Carolina barbering program, remember that programs can vary from school to school. Research barber programs to ensure they align with your needs and professional goals.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in North Carolina?

1 Year Apprenticeship

Required to earn a barbering license

Unlike other states that allow for a barber or cosmetology apprenticeship pathway toward licensure, North Carolina requires all students to complete a one-year apprenticeship before earning full licensure. You can apply for an apprentice license after completing a training program and passing exams. This license remains active for 12 months.

After working as an apprentice for one year, you can apply for the state's registered barber exam.

North Carolina Barber Licensing Requirements

To become a barber in North Carolina, you must fulfill the state's Board of Barber Examiners requirements. These requirements ensure future barbers meet the necessary standards of competency and professionalism. Check out the list of conditions below.

  • Complete a state-sanctioned barbering program with a minimum of 1,528 education hours.
  • Submit to an FBI background check.
  • Apply for the state's apprentice exam and pay all relevant fees.
  • Pass the state's apprenticeship exam with a minimum score of 70%.

North Carolina's apprentice barber licensing exam includes both written and practical sections. The 90-minute written portion tests your knowledge of barbering theory, while the one-hour practical test examines your technical proficiency. We break down the test content below.


  • Safety and infection prevention
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Beard trimming and facial services
  • Beard and mustache styling
  • Hair cutting and services


  • Setup
  • Straight razor shaving
  • Hair cutting
  • Styling
  • Sanitation procedures
  • Cleanup


After completing an approved program and passing the apprenticeship exam, you can start working with a certified barber as an apprentice. Throughout this first year of real-world training, you can put your knowledge to the test and gain valuable experience. The next steps are:

  • A minimum one-year apprenticeship at an approved site.
  • Apply and complete the state's registered barber exam.
  • Pay all relevant fees and complete the apprenticeship experience affidavit.

North Carolina's registered barber exam contains only a practical portion. This test covers standard barbering services, including setup, straight razor shaving, hair cutting, hair styling, and sanitation procedures. Upon successful completion, the Board issues your full barber license.

North Carolina Barber License Reciprocity

For out-of-state applicants, North Carolina offers license reciprocity. That said, requirements can vary based on the applicant's current residence state. For instance, some may still need to pass North Carolina's barbering exam. Details the Board of Barber Examiners considers include:

  • Whether you hold an active barbering license in another state.
  • If you have practiced as a licensed barber for at least three years.
  • If you completed a 1,500-hour barbering program.
  • If any active disciplinary measures are levied against your barber license.

You must include a verification letter from your home state's licensing agency when applying. If you have completed at least 1,500 training hours in a barber education program, you should be exempt from taking North Carolina's barbering exam. If you haven't completed an equivalent barbering program, you may be eligible for a temporary license until you pass the state exams.

Barber License Renewal in North Carolina

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Like most other states, you must renew your North Carolina barber license annually. Unless you receive a waiver, you must renew your license online. Renewal applications cost $50, and fees must be submitted by May 31st each year. Late applications result in a $35 penalty.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in North Carolina


Average yearly salary for barbering in North Carolina

North Carolina barbers earn annual salaries of $42,830. Jobs for NC barbers are projected to grow by 9% between 2020 and 2030. This translates to about 300 yearly barber job openings in the state.

Contact the North Carolina State Board of Barbering

North Carolina Board Of Barber Examiners

Resources for Barbers in North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Barber and Electrolysis Examiners
Here's the home base for all your licensure and renewal needs. This page also includes news, important dates, and a list of state-approved schools.

North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners-Facebook
The state licensing board's Facebook page allows you to connect with other professionals and keep up with important news.

The North Carolina Barbers Association
This professional non-profit organization advocates for barbers in the state.

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