Barbering Schools in Wisconsin

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2310 West Court Street
Janesville, WI 53548

(888) 616-9051
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

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Academy of Beauty Professionals - Appleton – Accredited

525 Westhill Boulevard
Appleton, WI 54914

Academy of Beauty Professionals - Green Bay – Accredited

2575 West Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54303

Academy of Beauty Professionals - Madison – Accredited

6414 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719

Bella Academy of Cosmetology

1440 South 39th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Chanell Ardor Schools of Beauty and Culture

1810 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53713

First Class Cosmetology School – Accredited

306 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144

Inspire Barber College

89 East Towne Way
Madison, WI 53704

Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Paul Mitchell The School Madison – Accredited

7021 Tree Lane
Madison, WI 53717

Paul Mitchell The School Milwaukee – Accredited

11415 West Burleigh Street Suite 107
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Polite Barber Academy

705 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

State College of Beauty Culture – Accredited

1930 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403

Traditionals Barber School

117 West Milwaukee Street Suite D
Janesville, WI 53546
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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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Cost of Barbering School Across WI

Metro Average Tuition
Green Bay / Appleton $15,186
Madison $14,058
Milwaukee $12,590

Comparing Program Costs in WI

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $14,057 - $26,013
Lowest range: $2,100 - $14,057
Average: $18,185
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $14,058 - $15,526
Lowest range: $12,590 - $14,058
Average: $14,216

How to Become a Barber in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,000 education hours or 2,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Wisconsin is $31,990 ($15.38/hour). This is higher than the national average of $30,150 ($14.50/hour).
  • There is a predicted 7% job increase between 2016–2026 for barbers nationally.

If the field of cosmetology is too broad for your interests and skills, but there are many specialties within this field that may better suit you. For example, the field of barbering is growing rapidly throughout Wisconsin.

Many men want to look their best at all times, and rather than going to a busy salon, they choose to go to a barber shop.

State License Requirements

1,000 Education Hours OR 2,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Education Details

As you start learning how to become a barber, you may learn many cosmetology and barbering techniques that are unique to men. For example, you may learn how to shape and shave facial hair according to a man's preferences. You may use electric shavers and razors to accomplish this goal. Hair cutting is another important part of barbering. There are many popular men's hairstyles today, and you should be able to replicate all of them by the time you graduate.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is the source for renewal and barber licensing information in this state. Barbers must renew their license by March 31 of every odd year. The fee for renewal is $82, but increases to $107 if paid after the renewal date. In 2017, Wisconsin is making barbers complete continuing education requirements. Students must complete 4 hours of class time in one of the approved courses. There are many types to choose from, including business management and other important topics.

Wisconsin Barbering Careers


Average yearly salary for barbering in Wisconsin

As an increasing amount of Wisconsin men learn how great it is to look their best, you may see the statewide demand for barbers continue to increase. Currently, job openings for barbers are expected to increase by 11% between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2012). This is a beauty specialty in which salaries vary quite a bit. Once you establish a customer base and keep your chair full whenever you work, you may see your salary potential increase accordingly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for a Wisconsin barber is $31,990 per year (2021).

To be a successful barber in Wisconsin, it is important to understand what men want when they go to get their hair and facial hair done. Some barber shops are busy and fast-paced, while others are more relaxed and designed to be a break for busy men. You should be able to match the pace and mood of whichever barber shop you work in. A good memory is definitely an asset in this career. When men come back to you month after month, it may help them if they don't have to explain what they want to you every time.

Contact the Wisconsin State Board of Barbering

Department of Safety and Professional Services

Wisconsin is a thriving state that has seen an expanded variety of industries flourish within the past decade. Thanks to that, the barbering industry is also seeing some it is prudent for them to access this information.

Wisconsin Barber License Information
Wisconsin Examination and Licensure Portal
Wisconsin Barber Credential Forms


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