Barbering Schools in Illinois

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700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 207-8599
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

609 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

657 Highgrove Place
Rockford, IL 61108

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(815) 572-4797
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

1200 Harger Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Barbering, Continuing Education, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(630) 528-3330
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

(630) 528-3330
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 376-0740
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

(630) 790-1500
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 247-8100
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

5485 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training

2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

Barbering, Continuing Education, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

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ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

9213 South Illinois Route 31
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

Bell Mar Beauty College – Accredited

5717 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804

Bloomington Normal Barber College

1116 East Lafayette
Bloomington, IL 61701

Capelli Salon Academy

333 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Champions Beauty-Barber University – Accredited

4374 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504

Creative Touch Cosmetology School – Accredited

234 East 3rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298

Douglas J Aveda Institute – Accredited

2828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657

Erskine Reeves Barber Academy

552 Mannheim Road B
Hillside, IL 60162

Futures Barber College

151 Decatur Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Head Quarters Barber Academy

5131 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60644

His & Hers Barber School

5355 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60644

Innovations Design Academy – Accredited

214 East Washington Street
MaComb, IL 61455

Larry's Barber College – Accredited

701 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60619

Larry's Barber College – Accredited

10456 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Legacy Barber College

1546 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL 60626

Lock & Loaded

4222 North Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60613

Lockhart's Barber College

1624 South Taylorville Road
Decatur, IL 62521

Marvelous Beauty & Barber School

3301 North Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087

McCoy Barber College

1901 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60649

Midwest Barber Academy

465 West Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Midwest Barber College

9 East University Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Networks Barber College – Accredited

6534 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60636

Networks Barber College – Accredited

508 Burnham Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Networks Barber College – Accredited

325 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60628

New Style Hair Academy – Accredited

3161 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265

Pat's Barber Shop/School

2846 Chicago Road
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1600 North State Route 50 Room 522
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1225 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

106 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

18454 West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phipps Academy of Barbering – Accredited

3732 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL 60471

Pivot Point Academy – Accredited

144 East Lake Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Royal School of Cosmetology

401 West National Avenue Suite C
Effingham, IL 62401

Sandra Rossi Education Center

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Silk N Classy Barber College

8501 South Green Street
Chicago, IL 60620

The Barber Academy – Accredited

1815 West Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Trenz Beauty Academy – Accredited

695 Wentworth Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture – Accredited

2500 Georgetown Road
Danville, IL 61832

Your School of Beauty Culture

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653

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How to Become a Barber in Illinois

Illinois Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 14 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Illinois is $23,330 ($11.22/hour). This is higher than the national average of $30,150 ($14.50/hour).
  • There is a predicted 7% job increase between 2016–2026 for barbers nationally.

Thanks to a law that was passed in 2015, Illinois residents can earn their barber school credentials at cosmetology schools approved by the state. Schools must be accredited to teach barbering, but that helps ensure you get a quality education. And that's why you're here, right? It's smart to do your homework before you apply for training at any school. Plus, many states have their own criteria for licensing, hours and other factors that can affect your decision. You want to be sure the training you receive aligns with the current regulations in the Land of Lincoln.

Not only can we help you learn the quick facts about barbering in Illinois, we can help you narrow your search for the right barber or cosmetology school near you. We have several years of experience helping students like yourself connect with beauty-focused programs in all 50 states and D.C.. All you have to do is use the search box above or scroll down the page to view a list of Illinois cosmetology schools with barbering programs. Or, if you're still getting acquainted with this career, learn key aspects about barbering below.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Illinois laws require that all barbering applicants complete 1,500 hours of training before becoming licensed. Your training must be spread out over at least nine months, but no longer than three years. After your training is completed, you can apply to take your barbering examination by submitting your application and paying a $180 testing fee. Upon passing your written and practical exams, you can become a licensed barber.

Get more information on licensing: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Education Details

If you want to gain the skills that barbers need to succeed in Illinois, you should choose a program with learning outcomes across-the-spectrum of this timeless art. You should look for a program that covers the basics, such as tools and equipment, and state laws for sanitation. Students should look for courses that teach the basics of men's cutting and styling, as well as the anatomy and physiology elements.

Men's barbering programs in Illinois may offer these types of courses:

  • Facial treatments and massage
  • Tools and equipment
  • Shaving
  • Permanent waving

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

14 Hours

Continuing education required

Barber licenses and barber teacher licenses expire on July 31 of each odd-numbered year, and licensees may renew within the month prior to expiration. License renewal is $50 per two-year period.

Illinois Barbering Careers


Average yearly salary for barbering in Illinois

Contact the Illinois State Board of Barbering

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Many who have chosen barbering as a career in Illinois have found that it is a rewarding experience. The state is also looking toward an added lift in the numbers of new barbers in the next few years. All will get their start by consulting these groups.

Illinois Licensed Barber Examinations
Illinois Department Of Employment Security


How to Become a Barber in Your State