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

Wisconsin is a great place to get your barber training. It has a decent choice of schools and tuition is generally not too high with colleges competing for students. For sure it doesn’t have a huge selection of educational institutes like CA or TX, but the ones it does have will give you an excellent knowledge and skillset. Find out all about if the profession is for you, how long it takes and what you’ll learn…

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How Long Is A Barber’s Course and What Will You Learn

In Wisconsin you’ll need to take a combination of practical classes and theory equalling not less than 1,000 hours in order to be able to move on in the licensing process. Alternatively, you can do 2,000 hours of apprenticeship. Apprenticeship affords you the chance to learn on the job in a real barber shop and have less tuition to pay! School is shorter, but more expensive. Either way you’ll need to come away with the same abilities in order to pass licensing exams. Some things you’ll learn:

  • Shaving and other facial hair skills
  • Cutting and styling head hair
  • Dying and Chemicals
  • Shop management
  • Customer care and ethics
  • … and a lot more!

Use our app to find the school closest to you:

Barber Schools in Wisconsin

Bella Academy of Cosmetology – 338 Pearl Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Gateway Technical College – 1001 S, Main Street, Racine, WI 53403

Mid-State Technical College – 500 32nd Street N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Milwaukee Area Technical College – 700 W State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233

****The Institute of Beauty and Wellness – 327 E St Paul Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Wisconsin Licensing Procedure

Once you’ve graduated from your barbering program you’ll need to apply for and take the license exams.

In the past you only needed good hair skills to succeed, but now there are two exams that correspond to the theoretical and practical aspects of your studies. There should be no surprises in either test if you have applied yourself during your classes and done well in your instructor’s eyes. However, there is a handbook to help you with your prep.


Briefly, the theory exam is 135 minutes long and focuses on state laws and regs and hairstyling and cutting. The practical will include the usual hair cutting skills but also chemical services and safety procedures.

Once you pass you’ll receive your license! However, be aware that you will need to renew every other year — you’ll need to apply and pay a fee for this.

Barber Jobs in Wisconsin

There’s plenty of work for skilled professionals in the state. You can get an idea of what’s available online. You can also open your own shop if you feel ready for that. Some love owning their own business and can often boost their salary by employing other barbers as well. Whatever your choice, barbering is a rewarding career for outgoing and energetic candidates of all ages.

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

Wisconsin Barber Permits.

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

School URLs:
www.accsuccess.com
www.gtc.edu/a>
www.mstc.edu
www.matc.edu
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ibw.edu – (blog)
bellaacademyoshkosh.com

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