Arizona is often hot and dry and that will pose different problems for hair care. How to best cut and treat hair in different climates is one of the many things you can learn in good barber schools. Find out all about classes and training in AZ and how to get your license below…

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How Long Does Training Take At Barber Schools in Arizona?

To get licensed you’ll need to go to a board-approved school. The state board of barbering makes sure that institutions will give you the proper classes and number of hours so that you will be well-prepared for licensing exams and real world work in a salon or shop.

To start with your education you’ll need to prove some basic things like having finished grade 10, and having a social security number.

The minimum time required is 1,500 hours to learn everything you need. Of course you’ll become adept with giving a good hair cut. But you’ll also have classes in such things as safety, anatomy, head massage, shaving, business practices and more.

The state doesn’t have as many schools as a place like California, but still there are plenty of good schools. Use you ZIP below to find one nearby:

Licensing in AZ

There are a few hurdles and some red tape to navigate even after you have graduated from your barbering program.

Before you become fully licensed you’ll need to pass Arizona state board exams and pay the associated fees.

There are two tests you must successfully complete.

The first is written and must be passed with a grade of 75% or better. It’ll include topics like state laws, sanitation, scalp diseases, etc.

The second is a practical and will cover things you should be well-familiar with from your time in barber college: use of razors and hair clippers, client care, safety, infection control and so on.


Once you’ve passed the tests and have your certification you’ll still need to keep your license up-to-date. You’ll need to pay a fee and submit a renewal application once every two years. You can augment your training with extra classes if you like but it is not compulsory for keeping your certification.

Getting Your First Barber Job!

There are lots of barber shops and salons in AZ where you can search for work. You can go about it the usual ways by looking online or hitting the pavement. You can also ask your school for employment leads as they will be well connected to the barbering community.

You can expect to make a salary of between $30 – $40k as a new employee.

There’s also plenty of room for advancement. Once you know the ropes, and if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can open your own shop.

Find out a little about barbering history on this page. And see our tools page for things you’ll need to study barbering.

Some Places Where You Can Train

Hairstylists School – Phoenix

Southern Arizona Barber College – Tucson

International Barber College – Chandler

Arizona Barber Styling College – Phoenix

Universal Barber College – Phoenix

Mesa Barber School – Mesa

Phoenix Barber School – Phoenix

Make’ N The Cut Barber College – Goodyear

All American Barber Academy – Glendale

Latin Style Barbering School & Supplies – Phoenix

OT’s Barber School – Glendale

Dunbar Barber Academy – Tucson

Jacksons Barber College – Fort Mohave

Hollywood Barber College – Tucson

Kuttz Barber College – Flagstaff

Did we miss any barber colleges in Arizona? Please contact us to let us know.

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