Information you should know before you apply to a barber school. If you just want to get a taste of what the barbering profession is like you can try free classes online.

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How Long School Takes And What You’ll Learn

In order to become a licensed barber in North Carolina, you must first enroll in a state-approved school. However, in order to become eligible for this, you must submit a completed enrollment application, FBI Criminal History Summary, and a student permit fee .

How Long Is School & Apprenticeship For Barbers In NC?

After you become enrolled you will then be required to complete approximately 1,528 hours of training as mandated by the state board. These hours include training in such aspects as shop management, product knowledge, shampooing/rinsing, scalp/hair treatments, shaving, facials/massages, hair straightening, tapered hair cutting, and much more. Use Our app to find the schools closest to you:

Once you successfully complete barber school you will then need to obtain work as an apprentice barber, which you must also be licensed for. In order to apply for this exam, you will need to submit an exam application, FBI Criminal History Summary, an application/exam fee, and pass all of the necessary apprenticeship exams.

Barber Exams in NC

Once your application has been received, you will be scheduled to take the exam in the city of Raleigh. The exam consists of both a written and practical exam, which you must score a 70% or higher on both of in order to pass and become licensed as an apprentice.

After passing these exams, you will obtain your apprenticeship license which you must utilize for one year alongside a licensed barber. This expires every year on May 31st.

Once your apprenticeship is done, you can take the registered barber exam. You must submit the necessary application, complete training information, barber experience record, apprenticeship experience affidavit, and submit the exam fee.

Once your application has been approved, you will be scheduled to take the practical exam. This will take an hour to complete and covers various barber services. Once you pass, you will be issued a full license, which expires on May 31st every year so must be renewed yearly.


You are now a fully-licensed and certified independent barber and can open your own salon or look for work in an already existing business. Enjoy your new career!

Our tools page shows what kind of equipment you’ll need to be a barber student.

North Carolina Barber Schools Listings

d-Harris Barber College – 1229 Julian R Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Sanford Barber College – 403 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330

Prestige Barber College – 2006 Phillips Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405

Sherrill’s University of Barbering and Cosmetology – 2110 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610

Alamance Barber Institute – 2260 South Church Street #503, Burlington, NC 27215

Hair Masterz Barber School – 6213 Rock Quarry Road #114, Raleigh, NC 27610

Touch of Precision School of Barbering – 6701-C North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28213

Bull City Barber College – 1401 Morehead Avenue, Durham, NC 27707

Just for You Barber/Styling Academy – 5108-5 Reagan Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206

K & B Barber College – 5209 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27616,

Altitude Academy of Barbering – 3700 Charles Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27858

Park West Barber School – Building 6, 807 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

Beyond Measure Barbering Institute – 524 West Center Street, Mebane, NC 27302

Winston Salem Barber School – several locations

T & I Barber School – 315 Winchester Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546

No Grease Barber School – 3120 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208

Harris Barber College – 803 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Other NC schools for cosmetologists, estheticians, nail techs and makeup artists.

Some School Websites:

Winston-Salem Barber School (pdf)

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