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What Qualifications Do You Need To Be A Barber

What Qualifications Do You Need To Be A Barber

In order to get your barber license you will need to complete a barber program that teaches you how to become a successful professional barber. These education programs will require you knowing more than just how to cut and style men’s hair and facial hair. Listed below are the requirements to complete barber training and become a licensed professional who can work in barber shops in Texas:

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 may contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation by calling (800) 803-9202, visiting www.tdlr.texas.gov, or emailing cs.barbers@tdlr.texas.gov.

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. You may return the application to the following address:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

PO Box 12157

Austin, Texas 78711-2157


If you hold a barber license from another state, you may qualify to attain a Texas barber license through reciprocity. You will need to make sure that the licensing requirements for your previous license match or supersede the Texas licensing requirements. If so, you can apply for a reciprocity license without taking the Texas examinations by completing the following steps:

  • Submit Barber License by Reciprocity Application
  • Attach Copy of your Out-of-State License
  • Submit a Letter of Certification from Out-of-State Licensing Agency
  • Submit $110.00 Reciprocity Licensing Fee

You will submit all reciprocity application materials to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at the above mailing address.


Flexible Barber Classes in Houston, Texas

All of our courses are accessible to individuals with families and careers because of our flexible scheduling and affordable rates. If you have been considering making a change and exploring new ways to use your barber skills, schedule a tour of our licensed barber school today. We will answer any questions you have and provide you with a more in-depth explanation about the course. Call us to schedule an appointment to come by and take a tour of our school.


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 range of courses for part-time and full-time students. These courses include Class A Barber classes, cosmetology to barber crossover classes, and barber instructor classes.


Quality Barber College
12363 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77035
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