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

North Carolina has plenty of good barbering schools. Enter your ZIP below to see what’s available and come to an informed decision about where you’d like to train in NC to become a professional barber.

In order to become a licensed barber in North Carolina, you must first enroll in a state-approved barber school. However, in order to become eligible for this, you must submit a completed enrollment application, FBI Criminal History Summary, and a $25 student permit fee (current as of 2016-2017).


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.

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, $85 application/exam fee (current as of 2016-2017), and pass all of the necessary apprenticeship exams.


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!

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

School Listings

A Cut Above Hair Academy – Wilson


Grace Barber College – Greenville

Kemon Hair Academy – Charlotte

Durham NC
Durham NC – by Supernik87 [CC BY-SA 3.0

Keratin Institute, LLC – Lumberton

Motivation Barber School – Greenville

Sanford-Lee Barber College – Sanford

T & I Barber School – Jacksonville

Park West Barber School – Charlotte

Park West Barber School – Durham

Park West Barber School – Greensboro

Park West Barber School – Raleigh

Park West Barber School – Virginia


Stay Sharp Barber College – Burgaw

More information on Barber Licensing in NC

More listings at the bottom of the page…

Barbering in the US – Schools by State

Barber Instruction Schools in Canada

James Sprunt Community College – Keansville

Robeson Community College (pdf) – Lumberton

Winston-Salem Barber School (pdf) – Winston-Salem

Beyond Measure Barbering Institute – Mebane

Cape Fear Community College – Wilmington

Central Carolina Community College – Sanford

Craven Community College – New Bern

d-Harris Barber College – Roanoke Rapids

Edgecombe Community College – Tarboro

Geter Barber College – Henderson

Harris Barber College – Raleigh

Just for You Barber/Styling Academy – Charlotte

Lenoir Community College – Snow Hill

Maestro Barber University Intl. – Kernersville

McClain Barber School – Wilson

Miller-Motte College – Fayetteville

Pitt Community College – Greenville

Regency Job Training Institute – Spring Lake

Roanoke-Chowan Community College – Ahoskie

Sherrill’s University of Barbering – Raleigh

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

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