Barber Schools in New Mexico

Barber programs in New Mexico are regulated by the state’s Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. They can take as little as seven months to complete. Browse our directory of barber schools in New Mexico, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barber licensing requirements and job outlook.

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A Better Beauty Barber Academy – Accredited

5400 Phoenix Avenue Northeast Suite 105
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Adorabella Beauty Academy – Accredited

800 Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast Suite I
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Albuquerque Barber College – Accredited

601 San Pedro Drive Northeast Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Aveda Institute New Mexico – Accredited

1816 Central Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Glitz School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2460 Missouri Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Luna Community College – Accredited

366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Metro Barber School – Accredited

10000 Coors Ey Pass Northwest Suite G-1
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Northern New Mexico College – Accredited

921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Albuquerque – Accredited

6300 San Mateo Boulevard Suite J
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Las Cruces – Accredited

1460 Missouri Avenue Suite 5
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Roswell – Accredited

4501 North Main Street Suite 13
Roswell, NM 88201

Paul Mitchell the School Albuquerque – Accredited

2201 Uptown Loop Road Northeast Suite F
Albuquerque, NM 87110

San Juan College – Accredited

4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402

The Avenue Academy – Accredited

6600 Menaul Northeast Suite M002
Albuquerque, NM 87110

University of New Mexico - Gallup – Accredited

705 Gurley Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301
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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.

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How to Become a Barber in New Mexico

New Mexico Barber Careers At a Glance
  • 1,200 education hours or 1,200 apprenticeship 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 nationwide is $39,350.
  • There is a predicted 7% job increase for barbers in the US between 2022-2032.

To become a licensed New Mexico barber, you must be at least 17 years old, have at least a 10th-grade education, complete 1,200 hours of training in a school or as an apprentice, pass the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) barber styling written and theory exams, and pay a $100 licensing fee.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in New Mexico

1,200 Education Hours

Required to earn a barber license

Licensed New Mexico barber programs run for 1,200 hours and aim to prepare you for the NIC written and theory licensing exams.

New Mexico curriculum requirements, which are set forth by the board, include:

  • 75 hours of theory instruction on topics like barbering laws, first aid, chemistry, and professional imaging
  • 75 hours of instruction in sterilization, sanitation, and bacteriology
  • 75 hours of training in shampoo, rinses, and scalp treatment
  • 200 hours of training in how to perform chemical treatments like perms and relaxers
  • 150 hours of hairstyling instruction
  • 125 hours of hair coloring/bleaching training
  • 250 hours of learning hair-cutting and beard-trimming techniques
  • 175 hours learning to perform facials

You must also perform the following hands-on procedures under the supervision of a barber instructor:

  • 40 face shaves
  • 30 shaves around the neck and ears
  • 25 women’s haircuts
  • 75 men’s haircuts
  • 25 hairstyles
  • 7 perms
  • 7 chemical relaxer treatments

Finally, you need 50 hours of training to prepare you for working in (or running your own!) salon. This includes instruction on topics like obtaining business loans, advertising your services, acting professionally in a barbershop or salon, and other real-world practical skills to set you up for a successful barbering career.

New Mexico Barber License Requirements

Before starting their barber careers, New Mexico barbers must pass a theory and practical exam within 12 months of completing their 1,200 hours of training.

When you’re ready for your exams, register online with PSI, the test administrator. The theory exam is $130, and the practical costs $73.

The test is digital, and you receive your score immediately after completing the 110-question, 90-minute test. Note that this score is unofficial, and you'll receive your official score in the mail within a couple of weeks.

The exam tests your knowledge of scientific concepts like infection control and human anatomy; the instruments used in barbering, such as straight razors; hair care services, like shaving and chemical treatments; and facial hair and skin care services, including facial hair design and light therapy.

The practical barber exam tests you on barbering treatments you should be able to perform.

The nine core content areas covered on the test are:

  1. Preparing a client and work area for a haircut
  2. Performing a haircut
  3. Setting up your work area, client, and supplies for shaving with a straight razor
  4. Performing the straight-razor shave
  5. Showing what to do in the event of a blood exposure
  6. Performing a chemical wave
  7. Doing a strand test with a simulated product
  8. Applying a chemical relaxer
  9. Performing a hair-color retouch

You complete these steps and treatments in the order listed above.

You’re also tested on proper labeling and disposal of your equipment. Be sure to check the NIC practical exam CIB for specific requirements.

Upon passing these exams with at least a 70%, you’re eligible for your barber license.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in New Mexico?

1,200 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a barber license

Yes, you can apprentice as a barber in New Mexico to earn your license. Your apprenticeship must include 1,200 hours of training. After your training, you take the written and practical licensing exams and apply for your license.

New Mexico Barber License Reciprocity

Yes, New Mexico offers reciprocal licenses if your training qualifications match New Mexico’s requirements. If you have fewer than 1,200 training hours, you can count every six months of professional experience toward 150 credit hours.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

New Mexico master barber and cosmetology licenses must be renewed every two years. You can renew your license online for a $100 fee. You don’t need continuing education hours to renew your license unless you’re a barber instructor, though it’s never a bad idea to get additional training or attend barber-related expos and conferences to keep your skills fresh.

New Mexico Barber Careers


Average yearly salary for barbers

New Mexico didn't have reported barber salaries or growth in 2022. However, nationwide, barbers earned an average of $39,350 per year, and the national expected growth rate is 7% between 2022 and 2023. The best way to determine how much you could earn is by talking to other barbers in your area.

Contact the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department

Resources for Barbers in New Mexico

Barber Licensing FAQs
Answers to common questions about barber licensing and training in New Mexico

New Mexico’s Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians & Nail Techs Facebook Group
Facebook group for New Mexican barbers to connect and share tips

Beauty Schools Directory's Barbering FAQs
Answers to common questions about barber education, licensing, and careers

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