A barber’s job has evolved over the years. Now it is more complex and requires a lot more knowledge about topics other than cutting hair and shaving. Illinois schools have had to adapt with the changing requirements for licensing, as have prospective barbers. Find out school requirements and listings below. If you don’t want a license but just need some free lessons check out this page.

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How Long Are Barbering Programs in Illinois?

Illinois’s state board has made it a requirement that those looking to become licensed barbers must first complete approximately 1500 hours of training at a board-approved school. Check schools near you using the app below:

There are many different stipulations that must be met in this particular training program such as barber history, hair cutting/styling, anatomy/physiology, hair coloring/lightening, barbershop management, state laws/rules/regulations, and much more.

Get Your Illinois Barber License

The school that you attend will provide you with a final practical exam, which will test how well you perform certain barbering services such as shaving, hair cutting, and sanitation control. When you register to take the state license exam, you will need to provide proof that you passed your initial exam with a score of 75% or better.


To apply for the written exam, you will need to do so through Continental Testing Services link, one of the local state testing vendors.

To do this, you will be required to download and read the exam instruction sheet and testing procedure guide, submit the necessary applications, attach transcripts with proof of your previous exam score, and pay a fee. When you application is approved, you will receive a letter and will have 60 days to schedule your exam.

The written exam is computer-based and takes around 90 minutes to complete. You will be tested on various subjects such as shaving, hair care, hair cutting/styling, infection control, facial hair design, and more. In order to receive a license from the state board, you must pass this test with a score of 75% or higher.

Once you pass this exam, you will receive an application that must be filled out and submitted within five years of completing your training and one year of passing your exam. When you receive your application and score report, both must be submitted along with any necessary fees.

Illinois Barber License Renewal

Your license/certificate will expire on July 31st every year, and you will receive a renewal notification when this happens.

Good luck in your new career and in starting your professional life as a barber! You’ll find jobs easy to find and salaries vary a lot depending on your business savvy.

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Some Illinois Barber Schools Compared

Name Address Costs: Tuition + Fees
Larry's Barber College10456 S Halsted Street, Chicago 60628$14,200 tuition, books and fees
Criglar Barber College116 Belvidere Avenue, Forest Park 60130unknown
Ultimate Touch Barber College3732 Sauk Trail, Richton Pk., IL 60471$15,000 all included
His & Hers Barber School5355 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60644unknown
Networks Barber College508 Burnham Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409
Champions Beauty Barber University2201 Plainfield Road,
Crest Hill, IL 60403

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