How much does the barber school cost?

Private vocational schools offer Barbering programs.  Program costs for these programs will vary significantly from one school to the next.  Prices for school tuition start at $3,500 and can go as high as $10,000.  Prices for tools can start from $400 up to $1,000.  It’s important to find out what the quoted price includes when researching various programs and schools.  Some schools include tools in the price and some schools do not.

How many hours is Barber School in New York?

New York State requires at least 500 hours in order to be eligible to take the NYS Barber Operator exam.  Courses maybe longer than the required minimum.  However, they are not mandatory.  Schools increase the hours in order to be eligible for financial aid from the Federal government which requires courses to be no less than 660 hours.

Upon completion of the minimum required hours and successful passage of the NYS Barber Operator exam you’ll be granted Barber Operator license. May refer to this license as a Master Barber license.

How do I become a barber in New York?

There are many ways to become a barber in New York.

  1. New York State Education
    1. Enroll in an Approved NYS Barber School Barber School
    2. Complete the required minimum of 500 hours of Barber training
    3. Complete the Infection Control course, which should be included in the curriculum of any approved NYS Barber School
    4. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  2. Education Outside of New York State
    1. Complete state approved Barber program in any of the 49 states
    2. Provide Certificate of Completion as well as Transcripts to NYS with your application
    3. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  3. Apprenticeship
    1. Obtain NYS Apprentice Barber license from NYS
    2. After license is granted you’ll need to work for 2 years under a Master Barber.
    3. Apply for Barber Operator license after 2 years of experience
    4. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  4. Experience outside of United States
    1. Provide Certificate of Completion of school from your country, if any
    2. Provide two letters of recommendation from your clients, boss or colleagues. Letters should support the type and length of your experience. Experience has to be from your native country.
    3. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  5. Reciprocity
    1. Licensed barbers from Maine, New Mexico, or Pennsylvania may obtain their NYS license by reciprocity