Barbering Schools in Florida

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2800 34th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33713

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Design, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

985 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, FL 33801

(863) 682-4247
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

4951-A Adamo Drive
Tampa, FL 33605

(813) 654-4529
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

7329 North State Road 7
Parkland, FL 33073

(954) 866-1011
Cosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Hair Design

5090 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

(305) 639-8726
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

855 Southwest 79th Avenue
Miami, FL 33144

(305) 267-7277
Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Laser Hair Removal, Makeup Artistry, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
Daytona College – Accredited

425 South Nova Road
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Barbering, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy

1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Cosmetology, Barbering, Massage Therapy

51 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317

(954) 791-1792
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

1271 State Road 436 Suite 131
Casselberry, FL 32707

(407) 681-2410
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Electrology

420 South State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

(954) 922-5505
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Electrology

5000 Coconut Creek Parkway C
Margate, FL 33063

(954) 781-2468
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

7587-7599 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

(561) 547-6333
Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

6250 Northwest 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

(954) 972-0635
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1901 North Federal Highway Unit 201
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

3831 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

(407) 483-5700
Cosmetology, Barbering

2601 South Military Trail Suite 13
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

(561) 845-1400
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

552 East Woolbright Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

(561) 733-2223
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, Teacher Training

3679 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology

3244 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33594

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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Academy of Career Training – Accredited

3501 West Vine Street Suite 111
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Academy of Cosmetology - Melbourne – Accredited

4850 Stack Boulevard F6
Melbourne, FL 32901

Academy of Cosmetology - Merritt Island – Accredited

2088 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Advantage Beauty Institute

8951 Bonita Beach Road Southeast
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Affinity Hair Academy – Accredited

12313 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

AHW Barber Academy

3822 North 9th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32505

American Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1330 Blanding Boulevard
Orange Park, FL 32065

Art of Hair Academy & Studio

4698 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Artistic School of Nails & Cosmetology

5232 South Orange Avenue Unit B
Orlando, FL 32809

ASM Beauty World Academy

6664 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33024

Aveda Institute Brandon – Accredited

1516 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511

Barber Academy Of Orlando

9421 South Orange Blossom Trail Unit 12
Orlando, FL 32837

Beauty Academy Of South Florida

13411 Southwest 184th Street
Miami, FL 33155

Beauty Academy of South Florida - Hialeah Gardens – Accredited

9800 Northwest 77 Avenue
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Beauty and Massage Institute – Accredited

1375 US-1
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Bene's Career Academy - Brooksville

698 South Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Bene's Career Academy - Port Richey

7027 US-19
Port Richey, FL 34652

Beyond Institute & Career Center

2921 Vineland Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Bly's School of Cosmetology

3501 Southwest 2nd Avenue suite C
Gainesville, FL 32607

Cape Coral Technical College – Accredited

360 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33993

Charr-Nix's New Generation School of Beauty

6200 20th Street Suite 694
Vero Beach, FL 32966

Clipper Set Barber Academy

9424 Baymeadows Road Unit 250
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Community Barber School

1826 Ionia Street Springfield
Jacksonville, FL 32206

Custom Made Barber School

846 Cassat Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Easy Barber School

5108 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808

Electrolysis, Laser & Beauty Institute

1713 Foxbower Road
Orlando, FL 32825

Elevate Salon Institute - Miami Beach – Accredited

1500 Bay Road C1
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Embelezze Beauty School

2239 Southwest 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Erwin Technical College – Accredited

2010 East Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

Fashion Focus Hair Academy

2184 Gulf Gate Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231

First Coast Barber Academy – Accredited

625 North Julia Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Flavia Leal Beauty School

7600 Southland Boulevard Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32809

Florida Academy of Health & Beauty – Accredited

2901 West Oakland Park Boulevard B16
Oakland Park, FL 33311

Florida Massage and Beauty Institute

3911 West Waters Avenue Suites 10 - 11
Tampa, FL 33614

Florida Student Cosmetology School

1004 North US1
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Florida Technical College

12520 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Focus 4 Beauty Career Institute

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Fort Pierce Beauty Academy – Accredited

3028 South US 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Futura Career Institute – Accredited

4512 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Gadsden Technical Institute – Accredited

201 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Quincy, FL 32351

Hair In Motion Beauty Academy

851 East State Road 434 Suite 164
Longwood, FL 32750

Hollywood Beauty Academy

11348 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

Indian River State College

2401 South 29th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

International Academy

2550 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona, FL 32119

Jacksonville Health and Beauty School

5161 Beach Boulevard Suites 1&2
Jacksonville, FL 32207

JT's Cuts Academy – Accredited

830 East Oakland Park Boulevard Suite 113
Oakland Park, FL 33334

KCK Beauty and Barber Academy – Accredited

10592 Balmoral Circle East 1
Jacksonville, FL 32218

KOE Barber Academy

437 South Central Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

LaSalle Tech - Plant City – Accredited

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Latin Beauty Academy – Accredited

6348 Forest Hill Boulevard Suite 348
Greenacres, FL 33415

Lively Technical College – Accredited

500 North Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Manatee Technical College – Accredited

6305 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34203

Marion Technical College – Accredited

1014 Southwest 7th Road
Ocala, FL 34471

Master Career Institute

6735 Conroy Road Suite 423
Orlando, FL 32835

Miami Barber Institute – Accredited

3878 Southwest 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33165

New Concept Massage and Beauty School, Cutler Bay – Accredited

11484 Southwest 186 Street
Miami, FL 33157

North Florida Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2424 Allen Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Osceola Technical College – Accredited

1030 Cypress Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34759

Osceola Technical College - St. Cloud – Accredited

2901 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL 34769

Paul Mitchell The School Fort Lauderdale – Accredited

8000 West Broward Boulevard Suite 1101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33388

Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers – Accredited

9941 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Paul Mitchell The School Orlando – Accredited

1285 Oviedo Mall Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32765

Paul Mitchell The School Tampa – Accredited

7823 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

Pensacola State College

1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater – Accredited

6100 154th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33760

Pinellas Technical College - Saint Petersburg – Accredited

901 34th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Port St. Lucie Beauty Academy – Accredited

10036 South US Highway 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Prestige Health & Beauty Sciences Academy – Accredited

1250 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard Suite 409
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Pro Nails & Beauty School

11631 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817

Profit Barber Academy

2415 North Monroe Street Suite 1104
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Rockledge Institute School of Health & Beauty

1225 Florida Avenue South Suite C
Rockledge, FL 32955

Ruben's Five Star Academy – Accredited

104 State Road 60 West
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Shear Excellence Hair Academy & Salon Tampa

3663 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

Shear Finesse Hairstyling Academy – Accredited

9200 Arlington Express Way
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Sheridan Technical College – Accredited

5400 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33021

Summit Salon Academy - Tampa – Accredited

4802 Gunn Highway Suite 144
Tampa, FL 33624

Team Eagle Barber Academy

3845 Killearn Court Suite 1
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Adrian H. Wallace Barber Academy – Accredited

3822 North 9th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32503

The Beauty Institute - West Palm Beach – Accredited

2215 North Military Trail 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

The Salon Professional Academy - Delray Beach – Accredited

14610 South Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484

The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne – Accredited

1700 West New Haven Avenue Suite 540A
Melbourne, FL 32904

The Spot Barber Academy

10442 Northwest 31st Terrace
Miami, FL 33172

Total Nails and Hair Academy

2716 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Trend Setters - Jacksonville

1033 Edgewood Avenue South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Trend Setters of Florida – Accredited

5486 Normandy Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

UR Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

3750 Emergency Lane 3
Sebring, FL 33870

USA International Health and Beauty Academy

12218 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

Valencia College

1768 Park Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32835

Who'z Next Barber Institute

8653 Baymeadows Road Suite 1
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Wilton Simpson Technical College – Accredited

801 North Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Wonderful Beauty

5950 Lakehurst Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

World Class Academy of Beauty Careers – Accredited

516 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310

World of Beauty Academy - Orlando

6111 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808
Accredited School

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.

Barbering Schools Near Me

How to Become a Barber in Florida

Florida Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 600 hours with special approval or 900 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 2 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Florida is $33,780.
  • There is a predicted 23% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

To become a barber or restricted barber in Florida, you must complete a state-approved barber education program, pass an exam, and meet other age and background requirements.

Specifically, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) requires barbers and restricted barbers to:

  • Complete a state-approved barber program.
  • Pass Florida's licensing exam.
  • Take an HIV/AIDS course.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Apply for a license.
  • Pay all relevant fees.
  • Have an acceptable criminal history.

What's a Restricted Barber?

Restricted barbers in Florida can perform many typical barber services, but they can't provide chemical treatments. Because of this, the program runs for 600 hours rather than barbers' 600 to 900.

From here on, this article talks about standard barbers. But, if you're on the fence about making barbering your career, this may be an excellent way to test the waters.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Florida

600-900 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Florida barber students must complete 600 to 900 hours of training. This typically takes about a year. Barber programs cover topics like haircutting, styling, shaving, beard trimming, safety, and sanitation.

While the classes for barber students in Florida vary among programs, prospective students can expect some standard topics. We list some common barber classes below:

  • Barber laws and regulations
  • Bleaching and straightening hair
  • Business management
  • Chemical services
  • Client communication and consultation
  • First aid
  • Haircutting and styling
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Shampooing
  • Skincare and anatomy
  • Use of styling tools

To maintain their status as an approved barber education program, schools must meet the standards set by the DBPR. The best schools boast a roster of experienced licensed professionals and provide facilities that meet Florida's safety and sanitation standards.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Florida?

No, you can't get your barber license via an apprenticeship in Florida.

Florida Barber Licensing Requirements

In Florida, barber licensing requirements include completing an accredited barber education program. Upon completion, graduates must pass a practical and written exam, meet the age and education requirements, and pay all relevant fees. Specifically, Florida barbers must:

  • Meet age and education requirements: You must have a high school diploma/GED or be at least 16.
  • Complete a formal barber education program: These programs typically take about a year to complete and require 600-900 hours of training.
  • Undergo a state-approved HIV/AIDS course.
  • Pass the state's barber exam: You must pass the written and practical sections of Florida's barber exam.
  • Apply for licensure: You must apply through Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation and pay all associated fees.
  • Pass a criminal background check: You must have a relatively clean record, particularly over the five years before your license application.

The board looks at your criminal record from the past five years. But they can go back further if a conviction has occurred in the last three, if you've been convicted of a forcible felony, or if your crimes could be related to barbering.

In general, if you haven't been convicted of a crime unrelated to barbering in the last five years, you may be allowed to practice. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, so try to keep your nose clean.

The 600- to 900-hour requirement is relatively unique—most states have a set amount of required training. In Florida, you need to complete at least 600 barber training hours, at which point your school can decide if you are ready to take your test. They can do this at any point between 600 and 900 hours.

At 900 hours, you are legally considered ready to take the test whether your school clears you or not.

That said, if you take the test before hitting 900 hours and do not pass, you must complete the rest of your training and take a new exam.

The Florida barber exam is a two-part written and practical exam. The written exam tests a student's knowledge in areas such as safety, sanitation, barbering laws, and theoretical barbering techniques. You have three hours to answer the 100 multiple-choice questions.

The practical portion of the exam evaluates your ability to perform standard techniques, including haircuts and shaving. You will execute several styles and techniques on a mannequin during this hands-on test.

The minimum score required to pass Florida's barber exam is 75%. Test-takers can anticipate their exam results immediately following the test.

Students can sign up for the test through Pearson Vue and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Florida barber license fees vary based on when you apply. For full barbers, the cost is $205.50 between April 1st of even-numbered years and July 31st of odd years. It is $155.50 from August 1st of odd years through April 31st of even years. Restricted barbers owe $238.50 or $188.50 for those same periods.

The exception for out-of-state and out-of-country applicants is if they qualify for the non-exam licensure option. In those cases, the costs are $255 and $205.

Military members, veterans, and spouses can waive all but $80 in fees with proper paperwork.

Barber license fee waivers are available for qualifying military members, veterans, and spouses and those considered low-income earners.

Forida Barber License Reciprocity

If you plan to move to Florida from another state or country and already have a barber license, you can get your new license by proving you're trained and taking the HIV/AIDS course required by the state. But things can be a little more complicated.

There are several license possibilities for barbers moving to Florida:

  • BAR 2
    • Barber License by Examination Based on Out-of-State or Out-of-Country License
    • Restricted Barber License by Examination Based on Out-of-State or Out-of-Country License
  • BAR 4
    • Barber License by Out-of-Country Endorsement
    • Barber License by State Endorsement
  • MVL 003
    • Barber Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses
    • Restricted Barber Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses

BAR 2 requires you to have at least one year of licensure under your belt. If that describes you, turn in a copy of your current license, pass an HIV/AIDS course, and pass a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) test (if from another country) along with your application and fee. You must also pass the required Florida written test if you have not already done so.

If your previous training was at least as challenging as Florida's 900-hour requirement, you might be able to earn your state barber license without taking another test. But you need to take the HIV/AIDS course and, if relevant, submit a NACES credential.

The MVL 003 option is for military personnel, veterans, military spouses, or surviving spouses of military members. To qualify, in addition to being in one of these categories, you need to already have a valid barber license in another state, DC, territory, or country. If you can prove your existing license is valid and agree to submit your fingerprints, you may be able to get your license without any fee or additional requirements.

Barber Specialties in Florida

Florida barbers can specialize in a few areas or earn an additional license to add to the services they can offer through continuing education.

You can get a barbershop license or barbershop license specifically for flea markets if you want to run your own shop. You need to secure a location and meet sanitation and other standards before you can run your own business.

If you want to become a barber instructor, you need to go through the Florida Department of Education. Individual schools certify teachers.

When looking through the DBPR website, you may see references to "Barber Assistants." Those licenses are only available to people who already have them, so it is not a specialty. As soon as the last Barber Assistant leaves the field, the job will no longer be available.

Barber License Renewal in Florida

2 Years

License renewal period

2 Hours

Continuing education required

After securing your Florida barber license, you must renew your barber license every two years, in even-numbered years, after completing a two-hour HIV/AIDS course. The application is due no later than July 31st of that year.

Restricted barbers and typical barbers owe $75 for renewal. Barbershop owners, who don't need to pass an HIV/AIDs class, owe $110.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Florida


Average yearly salary for barbering in Florida

While Florida's barbers make a little less than the national average, the number of jobs is expected to grow faster than the nationwide average.

The mean salary for Florida barbers is $33,780 annually ($16.24 hourly). Factors like location, years in the field, and services offered can affect compensation. If you live in a densely populated area or popular tourist spot, you may be able to earn more than if you lived in a more rural area. As of 2022, the highest paying city metro area in Florida is Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent at a median of $29,320 per year.

While the national expectation is 11%, Florida barber jobs should grow by 23% between 2020 and 2030!

Contact the Florida State Board of Barbering

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Resources for Barbers in Florida

Florida Department of Education
This is a solid resource for finding state-approved barber programs.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
This department oversees the licensure process for Florida barbers.

American Safety Council: HIV/AIDS Course for License Renewal
This links to one of several continuing education options required to maintain Florida barber licensure.

Florida Barber Association
In partnership with the American Barber Association, this page offers information regarding licensing, reciprocity, and Florida barbering news.

Barbering FAQs
This page tackles some of our readers' most common questions.

Candidate Information Booklet
Here, you can find tons of information about how to take your state barber test, including sample questions.

DBPR Application Center
This is a list of all barber license options, from standard licenses to fee waivers and everything in between.


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