Vermont is a beautiful place to work, where personal care services are experiencing a surge, and men’s health and grooming has taken center stage. It is the job of a barber to keep clients comfortable and relaxed — it’s the same whether you work in California or Texas. If you’ve got an easy-going manner, and an eye for men’s hair and facial hair, attending barber schools may be the right choice for you.

Check out the following and learn how to get your license, and what to do once you have it.

Education Requirements

Vermont offers flexible training options if you’re looking to get your barber license. If you are attending a barber college, you will need to put in at least 1000 hours of theory and practical training.

Barber college is a great place for focused, hands-on learning on subjects ranging from shampooing, hair cutting, hairstyling, and beard shaping, as well as theory-based study in chemistry, business management, and Vermont laws, rules, and regulations.

But if training at a barber college does not fit into your schedule, you have another option. A barber apprenticeship takes a longer period of time, two years and 2,000 hours of hands-on training possibly even at odd hours. But it also provides a great opportunity to secure clients, and get your first job at an already-established salon, getting paid even before your license. Whatever path you choose, you will need to sit your licensing exams.

Barber Schools In Vermont – Listings

Academy Of Cosmetology – 1246 North Bennington Road, North Bennington, Vermont 05257

O’Brien’s Aveda Institute – 400 Cornerstone Drive #220, Williston, VT 05495

Getting Your License

When you have completed your apprenticeship training, your supervisor must submit your application to verify your hours, and you must apply to take your licensing exams.

If you attended barber college, your school will submit proof of your education. You must be at least 18 years old and have completed a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify for your license.

Vermont requires three exams to qualify for licensing. Your written/theory exam and laws exam must be written and passed before you can complete your practical exam.

You must bring your own kit and mannequin to the practical exam. You must pass all three exams. You will be notified of your scores by mail within 10 business days, and the Board will issue you your license once it knows you’ve passed.

Licensing Out-Of-State

If you currently have a barber license in another state, you may be able to transfer your training and experience directly to a Vermont license. You will be required to take the Vermont Jurisprudence exam. Check with the Vermont State Board about whether or not your home state qualifies for endorsement, and what documents you need.

How To Renew Your License

Your Vermont barber’s license expires on every even-numbered year. You are required to pay a fee for renewal, fill out your renewal application, and provide proof of 24 hours total completed continuing education in safety and sanitation, training, or business management courses.

Check online for a list of continuing education requirements.

Barber Employment in VT

Vermont has fantastic training programs for barbers. Once you have obtained your license, finding work in the men’s health and personal care sector is as simple as doing your research. You may decide to begin at a salon, as a specialist for men, or in a barber shop.


Those who take an apprenticeship may appear to have an edge, but finding the right job out of barber school is as simple as doing your research into the Vermont job market.

Since man cannot cut hair with fingers alone, check out our barbering tools page to see what you’ll need to learn the art of barbering.

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