Barbering Schools in New Jersey

If you're looking for a barber school in New Jersey or just beginning to consider a barbering career in the state, then you've come to the right place. Here, we'll discuss what to expect from your New Jersey barber program, how to get your license, what the career field currently looks like, and more.

Browse our directory of barbering schools in New Jersey, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.

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Cutting Edge Academy – Accredited

45 Sunset Strip and Route 10 East
Succasunna, NJ 7876

(862) 251-7290
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2100 State Highway 38 Plaza Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, NJ 8002

(856) 667-8326
Barbering, Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

8200 Town Center Boulevard
Voorhees, NJ 8043

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

121 Watchung Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 7060

(908) 754-4247
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1458 Route 35 South
Ocean Township, NJ 7712

(732) 695-6800
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

312 State Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 8861

(732) 442-6007
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

70 East Holly Avenue
Pitman, NJ 8071

(856) 553-6079
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

5518 Bergenline Avenue
West New York, NJ 7093

(201) 866-4000
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

4741 U.S. Highway 9
Howell, NJ 7731

(732) 845-6289
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, Teacher Training

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Blanco's Barber & Beauty Academy – Accredited

1 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, NJ 7104

Cosmo Beauty Academy - Saddle Brook – Accredited

431 North Midland Avenue
Saddle Brook, NJ 7663

Golden Shear Academy Of Cosmetology

1149 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 7201

Innovate Salon Academy – Accredited

712 NJ - 70 Route 70
Brick Township, NJ 8723

Innovate Salon Academy - Ewing Township – Accredited

25 Scotch Road
Ewing Township, NJ 8628

Innovate Salon Academy - South Plainfield – Accredited

4985 Stelton Road
South Plainfield, NJ 7080

P B Cosmetology Education Center

110 Monmouth Street
Gloucester City, NJ 8030

Shore Beauty School – Accredited

3003 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 8234
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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.

How to Become a Barber in New Jersey

New Jersey Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 900 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in New Jersey is $42,800.
  • There is a predicted 27% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

To become a barber in New Jersey, you need to meet age and training requirements, attend a New Jersey barber program, and pass barber licensing exams, among other things. Specifics include:

What to Expect from a Barber Program in New Jersey

900 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Barber programs in New Jersey take 900 hours to complete and include classes in practical and theoretical instruction on hair care, straight razor or old-fashioned shaving, facials, and more.

A standard New Jersey barber program curriculum includes:

  • Beard and mustache trimming: 15 hours
  • Chemistry and chemical services: 210 hours
  • Decontamination and infection control: 20 hours
  • Electricity: 5 hours
  • Facials and facial massage: 15 hours
  • Hair color and lightening: 110 hours
  • Head, neck, and face anatomy: 5 hours
  • History of hair and barbering: 4 hours
  • Honing and stropping: 4 hours
  • Men's hair cutting and styling: 225 hours
  • Men's hairpieces: 55 hours
  • Professionalism: 2 hours
  • Shampooing and temporary rinses: 20 hours
  • Shaving: 125 hours
  • Skin, scalp, and hair disorders and care: 5 hours
  • State Laws, rules, and regulations: 10 hours
  • Women's hair cutting and styling: 70 hours

For New Jersey barber schools to remain licensed, they must comply with the state's laws and regulations regarding classroom size, maintain student records, possess the minimum amount of equipment necessary for coursework, and renew their license every two years by submitting an application and paying the $300 renewal fee.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in New Jersey?

No, you can't get your barber license in New Jersey by completing a cosmetology or barber apprenticeship.

New Jersey Barber Licensing Requirements

To get your New Jersey barber license, you must complete 900 hours of barber training at a cosmetology or barber school, pass two tests, and pay several application and license fees.

The barber licensing exam consists of written theory and practical sections. The tests cost $50 to take, which includes the application fee. After applying to take your exams, you'll receive an "authorization to test" email where you'll be directed to schedule your exam on the Iso Quality Testing (IQT) website.

On the day of the exam, you should arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled testing time and bring your admission letter along with two forms of valid ID, with one containing a photo.

The theory exam lasts 120 minutes and is comprised of 105 scored items consisting of:

  • Scientific concepts: 35 items
  • Implements and equipment: 10 items
  • Hair care services: 40 items
  • Facial hair and skin care services: 15 items
  • New Jersey state law: 5 items

You can take the written exam as a computer-based test through a board-approved third-party vendor. You must earn 75% on the theory exam to take the practical portion. You'll receive a pass/fail score on the test day, while your official scores will be emailed within one to two business days.

Candidates needing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit relevant documentation to the state board for approval, followed by submission to IQT before applying for the exam.  

If you fail the practical portion twice, then you'll need to reschedule and pay the exam fee again before retaking the test.

New Jersey Barber License Reciprocity

Barbers who received their license outside of New Jersey can obtain a New Jersey barber license without examination through endorsement.

To qualify, candidates must:

  • Show their educational background is equivalent to training in New Jersey (or)
  • Provide proof of three years of work experience.
  • Pay the license fee.

Applicants who served in the military can receive a license without training in the state if:

  • They were honorably discharged.
  • They have equivalent experience or training in or out of the military.
  • They pass the New Jersey license tests.

If the applicant's military training, education, or experience isn't equivalent to New Jersey's requirements, then the board will credit a portion of it, so they don't have to start from the beginning.

Barber License Renewal in New Jersey

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

You must renew your New Jersey barber license every two years with a $90 renewal fee. Continuing education isn't required to renew your barber license, but doing so may help you stay current with the profession.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in New Jersey


Average yearly salary for barbering in New Jersey

The average salary for barbers in New Jersey is $42,800 annually or $20.58 per hour. The number of New Jersey barber careers is expected to grow by 27% between 2020 and 2030, which is significantly higher than the national average of 8%.

Barber salaries in New Jersey range from $30,440 to $60,590 annually. Wages often depend on location, experience, and specialty services offered.

The highest-paying metro areas for barbers in New Jersey are New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania with an annual median salary of $36,960 and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland with an annual median salary of $41,600.

Contact the New Jersey State Board of Barbering

New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling

Resources for Barbers in New Jersey

New Jersey Hair, Makeup, Nails
A Facebook group for beauty professionals in New Jersey to share tips and support each other.

American Barber Association
The New Jersey chapter provides industry opportunities, education, and advocacy for the state's barbers.

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