Information you should know before you apply to a barber school.

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

You are required to train at a New Jersey barbering school for a minimum of 900 hours. 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 available and come to an informed decision about where you’d like to study in NJ to become a professional barber.

You are also required to sit 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 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.

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

List of Schools

Behind the Scenes Makeup Academy – West New York, NJ

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Glouchester County

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – North Plainfield

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Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Perth Amboy

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – West New York

Shore Beauty School – Egg Harbor Township

Barbering in the US – Schools by State

Barber Instruction Schools in Canada


School URLs:

Capri Institute – Brick, NJ & Clifton, NJ

Cosi Bella Academy of Beauty – West New York, NJ

Jolie Health and Beauty Academy – Northfield and Turnersville, NJ

Michael Jay’s Barbering Co – Nutley, NJ

PB Cosmetology Education Centre – Gloucester, NJ

Shore Beauty School

The Pro Beauty Academy – Edison, NJ

Did we miss any schools? Please contact us to let us know.

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