Barbering Schools in Alabama
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- 1,000 education hours or 2,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed. (Jefferson County and Mobile County require 1,500 hours of training. More on that to below.)
- You must renew your license every 2 years.
- 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
- The average salary for barbers in Alabama is $31,270 ($15.04/hour). This is higher than the national average of $30,150 ($14.50/hour).
- There is a predicted 4% job increase between 2018–2028 for barbers. This is lower than the expected national growth of 7%.
Men's hair care is a fast-growing part of the beauty industry, and you can get your piece of it by studying barbering in Alabama! A growing number of men are going to barbers, rather than spending their time in mainstream salons.
If you want to learn about male hair care and facial hair care, you can attend a dedicated barbering program.
State License Requirements
Required to earn a barbering license
To ensure that licensed professionals can provide excellent service to customers, Alabama students must complete the training hour requirements from the Alabama State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. When getting an Alabama cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school or complete an apprentice program and complete the state of Alabama's minimum required training hours. Once you have successfully graduated from your program and completed the appropriate amount of training hours, you can take the written and practical exams required for licensure. For specific questions and further information on licensure, please contact the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering directly. Alabama uses PSI to provide the cosmetology exam and PCS for the practical exam, and only allows applicants to take the practical and written exams in English. You must pay a $120 fee to take your practical exam and $75 to take your written exam.
Like cosmetology students, you may spend quite a bit of time learning about human hair and the scalp. As a barber, you may be the first person to catch dandruff, thinning hair, or other conditions in your customers. You may learn about how the skin works, how the hair works, and how to identify different disorders. Men's haircutting may require a different set of skills, techniques, and tools than women's haircutting. Throughout the course of your curriculum, you may learn about how to use shears, razors, and trimmers to achieve a customer's desired look. Instructors may teach you about the different styles requested by men of different ages. Of course, you can also plan on learning about how to care for men's facial hair. Whether a man wants to be clean-shaven, have a full beard, or go somewhere in between, he'll likely go to a barber to maintain his look. You may learn about doing single-razor shaves, using trimmers on facial hair, and styling facial hair.
Mobile County License Requirements
Mobile County requires apprentices to have graduated from an approved school after 1,500 hours of training before taking the exam.
Prospective Master Barbers need to have apprenticed under a master barber for two years prior before sitting for their exams.
Barber instructors in Mobile County need to have been Master Barbers for three years before taking the test.
The Mobile County Barber Commission only offers the exams twice per year.
Jefferson County License Requirements
Like Mobile County, the Jefferson County Barber Commission requires barbers in the county to complete 1,500 hours of training rather than the state-required 1,000.
However, if you have completed your 1,000 hours and obtained a license elsewhere in Alabama, you can train under a Master Barber to complete your additional 500 hours.
License renewal period
Continuing education required
Barbers must renew by the last day of their birth month during even-numbered years. Alabama recently began allowing online renewals. No continuing education hours are required for other standard beauty practitioner licenses in Alabama as long as your cosmetology license is renewed on time. If your license is expired for three or more years, you must re-take the practical exam. The cost is $80 to renew on time, or $130 if you are renewing late.
Alabama Barbering Careers
Average yearly salary for barbering in Alabama
The job outlook for barbers is very positive in Alabama. Between 2018 and 2028, O*Net expects job openings for barbers to increase by 4%. This job growth is in line with the national average (O*Net, 2012). The job outlook may improve as more men seek out barbering services and barber shops begin taking root in Alabama. Salaries for Alabama barbers are dependent on your level of experience, your work environment, and your reputation. O*Net reports that the average salary for an Alabama barber is $31,270 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). For many barbers, tips are a significant part of their income. Like many other states, Alabama has strict requirements for barbers. The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering regulates the licensure and experience of barbers. Barbers in Alabama must have at least 1,000 hours of training at an approved cosmetology school, except in Jefferson and Mobile counties, where 1,500 hours are required.
Barbers in Alabama may work in quite a few different settings. In many cases, barbers work in salons and spas alongside cosmetologists and hairstylists. However, barber shops are increasing in popularity across Alabama. You may work in a barber shop alongside other barbers and just work with men. Wherever you decide to put your barbering skills to use, you'll likely need to work a mix of hours to meet your clients' needs. Some people choose to open their own barber shop after completing their barbering training. Moges Tena found a market with a shortage and opened a barber shop after graduation, leading him to success as a business owner and as a barber. Much of your success is dependent on your customer service. It can be difficult for clients to find a barber that they trust and enjoy going to. If you listen to your customers and carry out their requests, you may be able to create a long-term client! This is why it's so important to further your education and training. Men who seek your barbering services may want options, and you must be able to offer different hair care and facial hair options to your clients. By keeping up-to-date on changes and new techniques in barbering, you can help create a rewarding, long-lasting career.
Contact the Alabama State Board of Barbering
Becoming a barber in Alabama is a serious undertaking, which is only right for a storied career tradition in the state. Those interested in making it a career path normally make it a point to contact these groups below.