Barber Schools and License Requirements in Idaho


Barbers attend to the hair and grooming needs of clients, usually men, performing services such as cutting, styling, and coloring hair, fitting hair pieces, grooming and styling facial hair, and giving shaves. Generally speaking, they perform their craft at local shops, often amidst other barbers, sometimes alone, seeing a succession of clients each day.

If you enjoy spending your day talking with people on a wide range of subjects, and helping people look and feel well groomed and attractive, a career as a barber in Idaho could be a perfect career match for you!

State License Requirements

Barbers must be licensed in order to practice, and licenses are administered by the Idaho Board of Cosmetology, which requires 1800 hours of study to be eligible to take the licensing exam. When you have completed your required hours of study, you are eligible to take the licensing exam, which consists of both a theoretical (written) and practical component. When you have passed the exam and paid the requisite fee, you will be issued your license.


  • 1800 Hours
Education Details

Barbering skills are frequently taught as a sub-specialty in schools of cosmetology, and there are several in the state of Idaho. In a barbering program you will learn the anatomy and physiology of skin and hair, and diseases affecting each. You will learn techniques of cutting, styling, coloring, and highlighting hair, and how to work with and fit hair pieces. You will also learn about facial hair and how to groom and style it, as well as proper technique for giving a shave. Sterilization of equipment and tools, and sanitation requirements, as well as some of the business aspects of running a barber shop will be taught. You will learn by watching others perform these skills live and on video, and you will practice on other students before being permitted to work on actual clients.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year
License Renewal Period

Idaho requires license renewal every year by your birthday. The cost to renew your license is $50 annually. Currently, Idaho does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your license, but you may want to earn CEUs anyway in order to stay on top of your field and keep your skills fresh.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Barbers across the United States earned a median salary of $25,000 in 2013, the last year for which salary figures were reported according to O*Net. Of course, many factors affect what you will actually be able to earn as a barber. The more years of experience you have, and the larger and more loyal your client list, the higher the fee you can command. Barbers working in beauty salons and spas may also be paid more than those who work in barber shops. And if you have a specialty such as hair coloring and highlighting, or fitting hair pieces, you may be able to command a premium fee for those services. Average growth is predicted for barbering, from 8% to 14% between 2012 and 2022, making it a career with a fair number of jobs for new graduates. Of course, if you open your own salon or shop, you will earn more as an owner.

Working as a Barber

Barbers typically spend their workdays in the company of other people, both clients and coworkers. Most, but not necessarily all, clients are men. To enjoy the profession, it is essential that you enjoy the company of other people and making conversation about a wide range of subjects. It is also extremely helpful to be a good listener, and to be compassionate and non-judgmental. Many people like to talk while being groomed, and a barber gets to hear a lot of stories about people’s personal lives. They need to be discreet. On a typical day, a barber will see a number of different clients requesting different grooming services. In between clients, they need to clean and neaten their work stations, making them fresh and attractive for the next client, and complying with state sanitation laws. If you own a barber shop or salon, a good portion of your day will be spent handling some of the business aspects of running the business, such as taking care of finances, interviewing, hiring, and managing staff, ordering supplies, advertising and marketing, and other business-oriented tasks. Barbers can work either part or full time, giving them some scheduling flexibility, although they need to be available when their clients desire their services, so chances are good you will need to work some evening and weekend hours. Still, it is a profession that can work around other commitments you may have. In short, if you enjoy being around other people, especially men, you have an artistic bent and enjoy helping people look and feel their best, a career as a barber in the state of Idaho could very possibly be a great career option for you!

State board Contact Information

Idaho Board of Cosmetology - Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-334-3233
Fax Number: 208-334-3945
E-mail Address:

The Idaho State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and can answer additional questions about obtaining an Idaho state cosmetology license.

Idaho boasts a distinct culture that is very amenable to barbers. State officials
also expect that the industry there will skyrocket in the next couple of years.
For those interested in barbering in Idaho, it helps to begin the process with
these groups.

Idaho Board of Barber Examiners
DL Roope Administrations
Idaho Bureau Of Occupational Licenses Online Renewal


Find the Beauty Schools in Idaho that interest you below,

Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy - Couer D'Alene

410 W Neider Ave, Suite B,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Program: Barbering

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Spokane, Washington – giving students a wide urban area to pursue professionally upon graduation. Only one hour from Montana, TONI&GUY CDA is central to the beautiful Greater Northwest region. Our spacious CDA campus is led by a passionate team of instructors and staff members that are dedicated to excellence in the beauty industry. Our 15,000 square foot facility features roomy classrooms using the latest in educational technology and a busy, modern clinic floor. As the premiere hair school in CDA, we offer cosmetology courses in hair, skin and nails.
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