Barber Schools in Alabama
Before earning their license, Class 2 Barbers in Alabama receive training as an apprentice or at a board-approved school, pass exams, and pay a registration fee.
Class 1 Barbers, who only perform simple shaving and haircutting, are not subject to regulations.
Browse our directory of barber schools in Alabama, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barber licensing requirements and job outlook.
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2970 Cottage Hill Road Suite 175
Mobile, AL 36606
Birmingham, AL 35235
You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.
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- 1,000 education hours or 2,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
- You must renew your license every 2 years.
- 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
To become a barber in Alabama, you must be 16, have at least a 10th-grade education, complete an apprenticeship or formal barber program, and pass written and practical exams.
What to Expect From a Barber Program in Alabama
Required to earn a barber license
Barber programs in Alabama are 1,000 hours and include practical instruction and six hours of theory instruction per week for day schools OR three hours of theory instruction per week for night schools.
For the practical component, students are expected to watch demonstrations and practice everyday tasks they perform in a barber career, like haircutting and facial shaving.
In addition to practical and theory instruction, you must take sanitation and safety courses.
Make sure you select a school regulated by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. You can find that list of schools here.
Alabama Barber Licensing Requirements
Alabama barber license requirements include graduation from a board-approved barber school or apprenticeship, passing a written and theoretical exam, applying for your license online, and paying a $150 initial licensing fee.
When you're ready for your exam, your instructor or apprentice supervisor submits an exam application. However, you fill in your personal information, including your email address. Next, you receive an email outlining the steps for registering with the exam proctoring service Prometric, including setting up a login and password.
On the day of your exams, bring your identifying information and supplies you need to complete the practical exam. Everything you need to bring is listed on the Alabama Barbering Exams CIB.
The core exam areas are:
The theoretical portion of the exam has 110 questions, 100 of which are weighted. These questions cover:
Scientific concepts (35% of exam)
Implements and equipment (10% of exam)
Hair Care Services (40% of exam)
Facial Hair and Skin Care Services (15% of exam)
You need a 70% on both exams to pass. If you fail an exam three times, you must take an additional 375 hours of schooling before retaking the test.
You'll receive your score immediately, although your official score is mailed a few days or weeks later.
Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Alabama?
Required to earn a barber license
Yes, you can become a barber in Alabama through an apprenticeship.You must complete your apprenticeship within two years of starting. The curriculum for your apprenticeship is set by the board and includes:
This totals the 2,000 hours of instruction and learning you must complete before taking your exams. Remember that your apprenticeship must be completed under a supervisor with only one apprentice at a time.
Alabama Barber License Reciprocity
You can earn your Alabama barber license through reciprocity. You must have an active barber's license in another state to qualify. All you need to do is complete this application and submit a $100 fee.
Barber License Renewal in Alabama
License renewal period
Continuing education required
Barber licenses expire in even-numbered years at the end of the licensee's birth month. To renew, complete this renewal form with a nonrefundable $100 fee.
No continuing education units are required for license renewal. However, it's always wise to keep your skills and knowledge of barber tools and technology up to date.
Contact the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
Resources for Barbers in Alabama
The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering answers the most commonly asked questions about licensing, careers, and exams.
A Facebook group for Alabama barbers to connect, network, and post upcoming events or changes to barbering laws.