It’s never been a better time to be a barber, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a demand for men’s personal care growing into double digits. A Virginia barber license can help you find your way to a rewarding career with a rich tradition in men’s health as well as style. If barber college sounds like something you could sink your teeth into, read on to learn more about a promising new career.

You can always get a feel for the profession and if you want to pursue it, by checking free online resources.

lots of barber colleges in virginia
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Education Requirements

Virginia requires at least 1,500 hours of barber training (similar to other states like MI and FL) that covers a variety of subjects, both theoretical and practical. These include personal hygiene, styling, and shampooing, as well as courses in business and shop management, and a course to cover state law, regulations, and professional ethics.

There are specifics required by the state as to how many hours you should spend studying particular courses, so check with your school and the Virginia board to ensure you are getting the well-rounded education to give you the skills you will need.

Barber Schools in Virginia Listings

A New Reflection Hair Academy – Manassas

A-1 Beauty and Barber College – Chesapeake

American Beauty College – Falls Church

Anderson Hair Care & Barber College – Abingdon

Annie Beauty and Tech school – Falls Church

Another Level 2 Beauty and Barber – Petersburg

Another Level College Of Cosmetology – Virginia Beach

Back to Life Barber Academy – Norfolk

Boone’s Barber School – Ashland

CJ Cosmetology & Barber – Alexandria

Spectrum Beauty Academy is dedicated to educating quality, professional cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians, and barbers, developing superior technical skills and professionalism. Job Placement prepares graduates to excel in the beauty industry. * Online AND Onsite classes * State Board Pass Rate of 98% * Flexible Schedules.

LB Beauty and Training Academy – Richmond – Beauty Academy offering courses in artificial eyelashes, barber, esthetics, braiding, cosmetology, makeup artistry, nails, permanent cosmetic tattoo, tattooing, threading, waxing, instructor.

Edify Barber Academy – Richmond – Edify Barber Academy offers a 1500 Hour Barber Program and a Related Theory Barbering Course. We are Va. Approved, have flexible hours and payment plans are available. Full-time school is 30 hours a week. 7 hours theory and 23hrs practical to be scheduled for barbershop floor. EBA programs prepares you for the State Barber Board examination.

Cns Beauty Academy – 148 Burnetts Way, Suite 111, Suffolk, VA 23434

Cuts and Styles Unlimited Academy of Hair – 7920 Chesapeake Boulevard Suite F, Norfolk, VA 23518

Flawless Styles University – 2706 Build America Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

Hair 4 U Int’l Beauty and Barber College – 820 Kecoughtan Rd, # B, Hampton, Virginia 23661

KCM Barber School – 2404 Lafayette Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23509

Heads Up Barber Academy – 1912b Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

A1 Beauty-Barber College – 3129 Western Branch Boulevard, Chesapeake, Virginia 23321

Kulture Kuts & Academy – 2320 Oaklawn Boulevard B, Hopewell, VA 23860

Kuttin’ Edges School of Hair Technology – 5193 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Barber College & The Shop – 14512 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

People’s Choice Beauty Academy – People’s Choice Beauty Salon

Perfect Image School of Cosmetology – 821 Memorial Boulevard North, Martinsville, VA 24112

Perfect Styles Beauty and Barber Academy – 307 Oyster Point Road, Newport News, VA 23602

Professional Barber & Beauty Academy – 3847 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

Professional Barber Institute –  9911 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Sean Paul Barber and Beauty Academy – 623 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

Style Rite Barbershop and Academy – 1308 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Styles Unlimited Beauty School – 133 East Carolina Avenue, Crewe, VA 23930

The Cutting Room Barber Institute – 4032 Victory Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA 23701

Trojan Beauty And Barber College – 26 Pickwick Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Ultimate Performance School – 324 Memorial Boulevard S, Martinsville, VA 24112

Victor Beauty and Barber Academy – 7254 Maple Place, Annandale, Virginia 22003

Virginia Barber School – 1152 Wilkinson Road, Richmond, VA 23227

Virginia Barber’s License

Once you have completed your education, your barber school will contact the state testing vendor to verify you have met your training requirements. You must then apply to take your exams. There are two exams you must pass to complete your licensing requirements. The first is a written exam which covers theory. It includes a section on Virginia’s state laws and rules, anatomy and physiology, and the basics of product knowledge and chemistry. The second, a practical exam, include various demos that you will be expected to perform in the workplace, as well as covering blood spill procedures, disinfection and setup, and sanitation. You will be expected to bring your own kit and mannequin to your practical exam, and you must pass both exams with 70% or higher to qualify for a license.

Out-Of-State?

Virginia does not offer license by reciprocity or transfer. In order to work as a barber in Virginia, you must apply for a license by endorsement.

You must prove a current active license in good standing in your home state, and provide exam scores from your previous licensing board. These will determine the exam requirements for your license endorsement.

Check with the Virginia State Board for details on your state’s specific requirements.

Renew Your License

You must renew your Virginia barber license every two years. You will receive notification and renewal application in the mail prior to your due date. No refresher classes are required, simply submit your renewal application and pay the renewal fee.

Virginia Barber Jobs

We’ve already talked about the growth expected in the personal care service sector, and particularly for barbers. Within this career, there is plenty of room for growth.

You could work in a salon, spa, or even high-end hotel and specialize in men’s personal care. You may also choose to work in health facilities. Most barbers work in existing shops, or as specialists in salons. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to find your career after completing barber school is rewarding and with a decent salary.


Fingers and knives don’t do an adequate job of cutting hair so check out our barber essentials page to see what you’ll need to learn the art of barbering.

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

Some School Websites:
theamericanbarberacademy.com
betterbarbersinstitute.com
beyondbeautyacademy.com
bristolschoolofhairdesign.com
daydreamersacademy.com
diamondcutzbarbercollege.com
edifybarberacademy.com
theessencehairacademy.com
genesisbarbers.com
headz1st.com (application PDF)
beautyandbarbercollege.com
jshairdesign.com
jazzhairacademy.net
JeneSess Cosmetology Institute
lbbeauty.net
sewardsbarberacademy.com
sharplinecuts.com
learnatspectrum.com
tomorrowsimage.com
tshairacademy.com
vbbba.com
vcshairschool.com
vshd.us
wardscornerbeautyacademy.edu

Did we miss any Virginia schools for barbering? Please contact us to let us know.