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

Ohio has a few good programs for barber training. More populated states like NY or TX have more schools, but the curriculum is almost the same no matter where you go. So hair grows the same way and gets cut the same way! Find out all about the certification process below.

Columbus, OH panorama

How Many Hours Is Barber Training In Ohio?

To become a licensed barber in Ohio, your first step is to graduate from a barber training program. The state board mandates that programs like this provide at least 1800 hours of practical, theoretical, and scientific training. This includes training regarding subjects such as bacteriology/hygiene, facial treatments, barbering laws, hairpieces, tinting, bleaching, shop management, use and maintenance of barber equipment, etc.

Before applying for a license, you must complete the required 1800 hours of training. Even after completing this training, you always have the option of returning to school to obtain additional schooling if you wish to do so, as this will always give extra value to your clients. Enter your ZIP in the app to see the schools closest to you:

List of Barber Schools in Ohio

Cincinnati School of Barbering and Hair Design – 6500 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239

Raphael’s Barber Academy – 2733 Robbins Avenue, Niles, OH 44446

Ron West Barber College – 3303 N Dixie Drive, Dayton, OH 45414

Toledo Public Schools – Toledo

Ohio State College of Barber Styling – 4614 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213

Allstate Hairstyling & Barber College – 2546 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

Akron Barber College – 2828 South Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44312

Dayton Barber College – 2741 Lyons Road, Miamisburg, OH 45342

Beauty and Barber Empowerment Center – 13104 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

Beyond Expectations Barber College – 2202 Romig Road, Akron, OH 44320

LaBarberia Institute Of Hair – 1633 Golden Gate Plaza, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Ohio Barber License Procedure

After graduating from an accredited school, you will receive the Ohio State Application for Examination and Licensure. This will allow you to not only take all of the necessary licensing exams, but it will also include an application to the state board for your license once you complete and pass the exams. You will also need to pay a fee when you submit the application.

As soon as your application is received, the state board will let you know your exam’s location, time, and date. It’s also important to note that you will take this exam according to the state board’s schedule.

The exam consists of both a written and practical exam. The written exam focuses on everything you learned in barber school, such as hair/scalp disorders, hair cutting/styling, and more. The practical exam will grade you on your ability to perform services such as haircuts, shampoos, professional shaves, and more.


Your license expires on August 31st of even-numbered years. You will be provided with a renewal form by mail which you must submit along with a $110 fee. Best of luck with your barbering career!

OH, barber board and its newsletter.

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Some School Websites:

Akron Barber College – Akron
Allstate Hairstyling and Barber College – Cleveland
Beyond Expectations Barber College – Akron
Dayton Barber College – Dayton
Labarberia Institute of Hair – Cleveland
****Ohio State College of Barber – Columbus
Ron West Barber College – Dayton

Did we miss any barber academies in Ohio? Please contact us to let us know.