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Can You Train Yourself To Be A Barber

Can You Train Yourself To Be A Barber

While many students have experience providing barber services, they will still be required to meet certain standards in order to become a licensed barber in the state of Texas. Listed below is an outline of requirements in order to become a Texas Licensed Barber:

Step 1. Graduate from a 1500-Hour Texas Barber Training Program

To be eligible for licensure in Texas, you must first complete 1500 hours of barber training. To do so, fill out the Barber Student Permit Application and submit it to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Once you have a student permit, you will be able to enroll in a barber training program.

The Texas State Board of Barber Examiners requires that your training include the following required courses:

  • Texas Barber Laws and Rules
  • Hygienic Bacteriology
  • Science of Barbering
  • Histology of the Hair, Skin, Muscles, and Nerves
  • Skin and Hair Disorders
  • Facial Treatments
  • Hair Weaving
  • Servicing of Wigs
  • Structure of the Head, Neck, and Face
  • Elementary Chemistry

Once you graduate, your barber training school will send your notification of completion to PSI Services, the Texas licensing exam testing vendor.


Step 2. Pass the Texas Practical and Theory Licensing Examinations

The Texas Board uses PSI Services as a testing vendor for the barber licensing exams. You will receive a PSI eligibility postcard once you have met all of the Texas licensing eligibility requirements. On this postcard, you will receive instructions on how to register for and schedule your exams with PSI Services.

Before you register, you will need to read the Texas Barber Candidate Information Bulletin. Once you do that, you may register for and take two exams to be licensed as a barber in Texas: the written exam and the practical exam.

Written Exam

The written exam is a 100-minute, computer-based exam that costs $55.00 to schedule. It will test your knowledge on barber service subjects, including the following:

  • Sanitation, Disinfection, Sterilization
  • Shampooing and Conditioning
  • Hair Coloring
  • Nail Care/Skin Care
  • Texas License Requirements
  • Chemical Waving
  • Haircutting and Hair styling


Practical Exam

The practical exam is 180 minutes long, and it will cost $78.00 to schedule. You will need to bring your own supply kit, model, and mannequin to this exam. The exam will assess your ability to perform the following barber services:

  • Shampoo
  • Blow Dry
  • Hair Shaping
  • Shaving Service
  • Facial Service
  • Chemical Service
  • Permanent Waving

Once you pass both of these exams, PSI Services will report your passing scores to the Texas State Board of Barber Examiners.


Step 3. Attain an Initial Barber License from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Once you have completed the education and exam requirements, you will need to contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to attain an initial barber license application, which is not available online. You will need to return this application, along with a $55 application fee to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Once they process and accept your application, they will issue you your Texas barber license.


Step 4. Renew your Texas Barber License Biannually

You will need to renew your barber license every two years. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will send you a renewal packet in the mail, but if you do not receive one, you may renew your barber license and submit the $55 renewal fee online.

Even though the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation does not require you to complete continuing education credits to renew your license, taking advanced barber courses is a great way to enhance your barbering ability. These courses will keep you on the cutting edge of the latest in men’s styling services and styling products.


Take The First Step Towards A Brighter Future

Many individuals interested in beginning a new career as a barber get held back by school scheduling difficulties. Our school stands out from our competitors because we allow our students to begin any of the barber courses we offer at their convenience. Our team works with your needs to provide you with a quality education on your terms. We understand that everyone is living on a different schedule and want to ensure anyone interested in our school is able to attend.

Whether you are looking to become a barber, a barber instructor, or are a cosmetologist interested in our barber crossover course, Quality Barber College is here for you. We help young creatives achieve their dreams and you can be next! Schedule a tour of our facility and learn more about the programs we offer our students.


Quality Education. Quality Results. 

At Quality Barber College we believe your time, money, and energy is important. This is why we strive for quality in all that we do. We work closely with our students to ensure they are fully prepared for their state licensing exams, in order to become a licensed barber after completing their course at our Houston barber school.

Our state of the art facility sets the tone for the quality of education you will get with us. From the minute you step into our school you will see the dedication to excellence and tremendous effort we put into ensuring our students are successful once they graduate. Too often we hear from our students that they had a negative experience at their previous school. Our job is to prepare you for your state licensing program and help you learn barbering techniques you can take with you into your career. Contact us today to learn more about how you can become a barber in Houston!


Quality Barber College in Houston, TX

Quality Barber College has built a state of the art facility that stands out from any other barber school in the area, setting the tone for the quality education we provide. We chose our location to make commuting easy for students throughout the Greater Houston area. Our staff offers hands-on training to ensure every student gains the skills and knowledge they need to pass their state licensing exam and become a successful barber in Texas.

We offer a variety of courses for part-time and full-time students including Class A Barber classes, cosmetology to barber crossover classes, barber instructor classes, and refresher courses for those looking to sharpen their skill set. Quality Barber College proudly accepts students from all over the Greater Houston area including Alief, Fondren Houston, Hiram Clarke Houston, Meyerland, Missouri City, Pearland, Reliant/NRG, South Post Oak, Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, and other surrounding areas. If you are looking for a quality education without compromise, contact us today.


Quality Barber College
1263 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77035
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