Information you should know before you apply to a barber school and why you should do it.

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To work in New Jersey as a barber you must first obtain a barber license and the first step in that process is to get your schooling.

How Long Does It Take?

You are required to train at a New Jersey barbering school for a minimum of 900 hours either f/t or p/t. This will cover a wide range of practical and theory based topics including hygiene, state laws, anatomy as well as the barbering techniques of hair cutting, styling and shaving.

Once attending a barber school you must submit a Certificate of Cosmetology and Hairstyling School form to become a registered barbering student. Enter your ZIP below to see what schools are closest to you…

The Exams

You are also required to sit for 2 exams: theory and practical. The theory exam can be taken during your barber training (after you have completed 720 hours) or upon your graduation. Before scheduling your exams you should read the Candidate Information Bulletin for New Jersey Barber Examination. You can schedule your theory exam with Prometric testing either by filling out a registration form or registering online. An exam fee is also required.


The theory exam is made up of 110 questions and takes over 2 hours. The questions will cover topics including infection control, chemical services and New Jersey laws. To pass this exam you must score a minimum of 75%.


To sit the practical exam the board says you must be aged 17 or older, have completed high school, have completed 900 hours of barber school training and passed the theory exam. Once eligible you can schedule your practical exam by submitting an application, 2 passport photos, certification of barber school and paying the filing and license fees. In your practical exam you will be required to perform a range of barbering services including cutting and styling. Once you pass this exam with 75% or higher you will receive your New Jersey barber license.

Your license will need to be renewed every 2 years. To renew you must submit a renewal form and pay the fee.

Barber Jobs in New Jersey

Employment after you graduate is pretty easy if you’ve been a good student and learned what it takes to be successful. Basically there are two choices.

  1. Rent a chair in an existing barber salon or shop or get a salaried position.
  2. Start your own barber shop and be your own boss.

Usually those new to the profession start out with #1, and after learning the real world ins and outs move on to #2.

In any case you can start by looking online to see what’s available and the salary you are likely to get in your new career.

Take a look at our equipment page to see what kind of barber tools you’ll need to be a barber student.

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New Jersey Barber Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Blanco's Barber & Beauty Academy1 Bloomfield Avenue, Newark, 07104UnknownCosmetology, Manicuring
Robert Fiance Beauty Schools70 East Holly Avenue, Pitman, 08071Tuition & Fees: $12,660
Books & Supplies: $1,726
Cosmetology/Hairstyling, Esthetics/Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology,Cosmetology Educator, Post Graduate Brush Up
Jolie Health and Beauty Academy1490 Haddonfield Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, 08003Tuition & Fees: $7,461
Books & Supplies: $400
Cosmetology, Esthetics/Aesthetics, Manicuring, Nail Technology, Skin Care Specialty
Michael Jay’s Barbering Co.386 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, 07110UnknownNone
PB Cosmetology School110 Monmouth Street, Gloucester, 08030Tuition: $13,300
Kit & Textbook:
Registration Fee: $100
Application Fee: $100
Cosmetology, Nail Design, Skin Care, Makeup Certification
Shore Beauty School3003 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, 08234Tuition: $14,000
Fees: $125
Books and equipment: $2,299
Cosmetology, Skin Care Specialty, Manicuring,

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