Barbering Schools in Georgia

Are you considering a career as a barber in Georgia? Now may be the perfect time. The state is experiencing massive growth in the field, and you can take an apprenticeship or barber school route to start your new career.

Browse our directory of barbering schools in Georgia, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.

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3393 Peachtree Road Northeast #1003B
Atlanta, GA 30326

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Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
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Albany Beauty Academy – Accredited

2231 Dawson Road Suites I & J
Albany, GA 31707

Albany Technical College

1704 South Slappey Boulevard
Albany, GA 31701

Apex Beauty & Barber Academy

6011 Memorial Drive Suite A
Stone Mountain, GA 30088

Atlanta Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

6088 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340

Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Parkway Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310

Augusta Technical College

3200 Augusta Tech Drive
Augusta, GA 30906

Chattahoochee Technical College

980 South Cobb Drive Southeast
Marietta, GA 30060

Gino's Classic Barber Academy

1100 Hammond Drive #430-Bb
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Gwinnett Technical College

5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

MAK Beauty Institute – Accredited

3980 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Suite 400
Cumming, GA 30040

Premiere Beauty & Barber College

4193 Snapfinger Woods Drive
Decatur, GA 30035

Pro Way Hair School – Accredited

5684 Memorial Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Rivertown School of Beauty Barber Skin Care and Nails

4747 Hamilton Road Suite E
Columbus, GA 31904

Sam Verly College

87 Peachway Southwest Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30303

Savannah Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

405 Pennsylvania Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

Shearz Institute – Accredited

560 Thornton Road Suite 116-119
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

The Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2601 Deansbridge Road Suite B
Augusta, GA 30906

Uncut Barber Academy

11 Gateway Boulevard South Suite 30
Savannah, GA 31419

Webb's Barber School of Arts – Accredited

4356 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31206
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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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How to Become a Barber in Georgia

Georgia Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 2,280-3,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 5 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Georgia is $31,700.
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

To become a barber in Georgia, you must complete a Georgia barber program or undergo a Georgia barber apprenticeship and pass two exams, among other things.

Georgia barber requirements include:

  • Being at least 16.
  • Having graduated high school or the
  • Completing
    • 1,140 training hours (seven months) for a barber II license; OR
    • 1,500 training hours (nine months) for a master barber license; OR
    • 2,280 apprenticeship hours (14 months); OR
    • 3,000 apprenticeship hours (18 months).
  • Passing a practical and written exam.
  • Applying for a barber license and pay the $30 fee

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Georgia

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Georgia barber programs last between 1,140 hours in seven months (for a barber II license) or 1,500 hours in nine months (for a master barber license). Classwork focuses on facials, hair care, and shaving.  

For master barber students, the curriculum covers:

  • Classroom theory: 50 hours
  • Hair and scalp treatments, shampooing, and conditioning: 25 hours
  • Straight razor shaving: 25 hours
  • Hair coloring: 25 hours
  • Haircutting and styling: 70 hours
    • Training on mannequins: 35 hours
  • Facial hair design and waxing: 20 hours
  • Permanent waving, relaxing, and chemical application: 65 hours

After 280 hours in the above instruction, the student can move on to clinical training in:

  • Theory: 200 hours
  • Hairstyling techniques and cutting: 500 hours
  • Shaving: 25 hours
  • Shampooing: 5 hours
  • Facial hair design and waxing: 10 hours
  • Scalp treatment techniques: 10 hours
  • Permanent waving, relaxing and chemical application: 270 hours
  • Additional instructional hours: 200 hours

For barber II students, the curriculum covers:

  • Classroom theory: 50 hours
  • Hair and scalp treatments, shampooing, and conditioning: 25 hours
  • Shaving: 25 hours
  • Hair cutting and styling: 70 hours
    • Training on mannequins: 35 hours
  • Facial hair design and waxing: 20 hours

After 190 hours in the above instruction, the student can move on to clinical training in:

  • Facial hair design and waxing: 10 hours
  • Hairstyling techniques and cutting: 500 hours
  • Practical theory: 200 hours
  • Scalp treatment techniques: 10 hours
  • Shampooing: 5 hours
  • Shaving: 25 hours
  • Additional instructional hours: 200 hours

For Georgia barber schools to remain licensed, they must maintain student records and adhere to board regulations on classroom size and equipment.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Georgia?

2,280 or 3,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Yes, you can become a licensed barber by completing a 2,280-hour apprenticeship in 14 months (barber II license) or a 3,000-hour apprenticeship in 18 months (barber license).

Similar to cosmetology apprenticeships, barber apprenticeships comprise 3,000 hours and must include:

  • Facials: 20 hours
  • Hairstyling techniques and cutting: 1,000 hours
  • Permanent waving, relaxing, and chemical application: 540 hours
  • Scalp treatment techniques: 20 hours
  • Shampooing: 10 hours
  • Shaving: 50 hours
  • Theory: 960 hours
  • Additional instruction: 400 hours

For barber II apprenticeships, training comprises 2,280 hours and must include:

  • Facials: 20 hours
  • Hairstyling techniques and cutting: 1,000 hours
  • Scalp treatment techniques: 20 hours
  • Shampooing: 10 hours
  • Shaving: 50 hours
  • Theory: 780 hours
  • Additional instruction: 400 hours

Georgia Barber Licensing Requirements

To get your Georgia barber license, you must pass two tests and pay several fees after completing an apprenticeship or a barber program.  

You have to take a practical and written exam. After your training, you can contact the testing administrator, PSI Services, to schedule your exam.

The written exam lasts 90 minutes and costs $59 to take. The practical exam lasts and costs $89 to take. Taking the tests together costs $147.

On the exam day, you should arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time and bring two forms of valid, signature-bearing ID with you. One must have a photo.

You will receive your written test score immediately following the exam. Practical exam results will be sent to you within 30 business days after the exam. You must score 70% to pass. All exams are in English.

The written exam comprises 100 scored items and covers:

  • Scientific concepts: 35%
  • Implements and equipment: 10%
  • Hair care services: 40%
  • Facial hair and skin care services: 15%

The practical exam covers:

  • Work Area and Client Preparation and Set Up of Supplies: First client, 10 minutes
  • Haircutting: 40 minutes
  • Work Area and New Client Preparation and Set Up of Supplies: Second client, 15 minutes
  • Shaving with Straight Razor: Variable timing
  • Blood Exposure Procedure: 10 minutes
  • Chemical Waving: 20 minutes
  • Predisposition Test and Strand Test with Simulated Product: 10 minutes
  • Chemical Relaxer – Virgin Application: 15 minutes
  • Hair Color – Retouch Application: 15 minutes
  • Cleansing Facial: 15 minutes
  • Blow Dry Styling: 10 minutes
  • Thermal Curling: 10 minutes

All supplies must be labeled in English.

Candidates needing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit an exam accommodation request to PSI and documentation from the medical professional who diagnosed them. Verification must include the description of the disability and limitations related to testing, recommended accommodations, and the medical professional's name, title, and phone number.

You have 48 months to pass your license exams. There is no limit on how many times you can take the exam.

Georgia Barber License Reciprocity

Georgia doesn't have licensure reciprocity agreements with other states, but you can apply for licensure by endorsement.

To have your out-of-state license transferred, you must:

  • Be actively licensed and in good standing.
  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Graduated high school or the equivalent.
  • Mail a paper application to the board along with the $75 endorsement fee.
  • Provide proof of passing written and practical exams in English.
  • Provide license verification.

For applicants who can't provide proof of passing the exam in English, the board may issue a letter of exam eligibility, and the applicant has three chances to pass the exam.

The board may grant licenses to applicants who served in the military or are military spouses if they hold a valid license from another state or received training in the military that meets Georgia's license requirements.

Barber Specialties in Georgia

Licensed master barbers in Georgia can become master cosmetologists and vice versa through crossover programs in the state.

Master barbers can become master cosmetologists by completing 300 training hours in the following topics:

  • Hairstyling: 25 hours
  • Health, safety, and sanitation: 5 hours
  • Nail care: 180 hours
  • Skin care:5 hours

Master cosmetologists can become master barbers by completing 300 training hours in the following topics:

  • Hairstyling techniques and clipper cutting: 115 hours
  • Shaving and trimming beards: 50 hours
  • Theory: 60 hours
  • Additional Instructions: 75 hours

Training must be completed before candidates can sit for the barber or cosmetologist exam.

Barber License Renewal in Georgia

2 Years

License renewal period

5 Hours

Continuing education required

You need to renew your Georgia barber license every even year before Dec. 31 by paying the $50 renewal fee and completing 5 hours of continuing education.

CE requirements must include three hours in a board-approved health and safety course and two hours in the following topics:

  • Business management
  • Computer skills
  • Health and safety
  • Industry or trade show
  • Industry trends

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Georgia

$31,700

Average yearly salary for barbering in Georgia

The average salary for barbers in Georgia is $31,700 annually or $15.24 per hour. Salaries in the state can range from $18,800 to $56,120. The number of barber careers in Georgia is expected to grow by 25% between 2020 and 2030.

The highest-paying metro areas for Barbers in Georgia are:

Metro Area 2022 Median Salary
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia $35,380
Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia $32,680
Columbus, Georgia-Alabama $32,980

Table information from O*Net (2023)

Contact the Georgia State Board of Barbering

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers

Resources for Barbers in Georgia

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers
A government agency regulating the cosmetology and barbering profession in Georgia.

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