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

Becoming a barber means having excellent customer service, and an eye towards men’s health and appearance. Some may consider it an old-fashioned position, but a talented barber can modernize his work and appeal to clients both old and young. If you’re interested in the idea of becoming a barber, attending a program at one of Utah’s barber schools can get you started with a rewarding career in an inspiring tradition. And once you get your license, there is no telling where you will go!

How Long Is a UT Barber’s Training?

Utah’s programs are the ideal way to begin your journey toward becoming a barber. In a barber college program, you will complete 1000 hours of training either part-time or full-time. Training comes in the form of theoretical classroom instruction. Courses like the science of barbering, anatomy, history of barbering, and public relations will be included. You will also receive practical, hands-on instruction. Topics are basic hairstyling and hair cutting, shaving and razor cutting and tool use, mustache and beard design, and more. Find the school closest to you using our app:

In Utah, you also have the option of taking a barber’s apprenticeship, rather than formal schooling. You must complete 1250 hours of one-on-one training under a licensed barber instructor. When your hours are completed, you will need to submit a full record of your hours for review, in order to be eligible for your exams.

Barber Schools in Utah

Premier Hair Academy – 4062 S 4000th W, Salt Lake City, UT 84120

American Beauty Academy – 3695 S Redwood Road Suite #9, West Valley City, UT 84119

Avalon School of Cosmetology – 1992 Antelope Drive, Layton, UT 84041

Archie’s Academy – 2029 Main Street #202, Sunset, UT 84015

Ogden-Weber Technical College – 200 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, UT 84404

The Barber School – 16 W 7200 S, Midvale, UT 84047

Bridgerland Cosmetology – 255 W 1100 S, Brigham City, UT 84302

Esteem Academy of Beauty – 1682 East 5600 S, South Ogden, UT 84403

Bonnie Joseph Academy of Cosmetology and Barbering – 164 South Main Street, Heber City, UT 84032

Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design – 539 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058

Top Nails & Hair Beauty School – 1735 5400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84118

Utah Barber’s License

Your application for barber license should be submitted to the State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. After you have completed a barber school program you must apply for your exams with the testing service. Utah uses the NIC barber exams. You will need to take and pass both a written theory and hands-on practical examination within a year of completing your education.

From Out-Of-State?

If you are currently working as a barber in another state, you may be eligible for transfer to Utah. You must send a verification of your current license and education to the DOPL offices in Utah. You may also be required to prove a record of your experience if your home state education requirements do not match Utah’s. You should also provide your NIC exam scores or equivalent exam scores in your home state.

Renew Your License

Your Utah barber license will expire by September 30th every odd year. You will receive your renewal reminders by mail. You are not required to participate in continuing education to renew. However CE is a good way to advance your career and grow your business. You can attend trade shows, take further classes, and upgrade existing certification.


Utah is a great place for barbers, with six barber colleges in the state. As well there’s a 31% growth expected in the personal appearance job sector by 2022. As a barber you may choose to work in a salon or spa, in one of Utah’s well-known barbershops, such as Ray’s Barber Shop. You may decide to strike out on your own, opening your own shop, and becoming a name on your own. Whatever you choose, your future is sure to look brighter. Check out some of the great opportunities in Utah.

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