If you'’re serious about becoming a barber in Maryland, you probably already know the impact a barber shop can have on its community. Christopher’s Grooming Lounge in Northeast D.C. is a perfect example of barbers making a life or death difference for their clients. The barbers offer more than hair and relationship advice; they participate in a public health program that informs the community about health issues they may be overlooking. This program was set up by the University of Maryland to help minorities with access to things like colon cancer screenings and healthcare education.

Before you can make an impact in your community and become their preferred choice for haircuts and relaxing shaves, you need to complete training. Keep reading to learn about barber school programs and licensing in your area. To see your cosmetology school options that offer barbering, just scroll down to look at a current school list. Or use the handy-dandy search box at the top of this page. If you’re ready to be the barber that the men in your community trust, then it’s time to get on it.

State License Requirements

Maryland has high standards for aspiring barbers. Before you can apply for a barbering license, you must go through at least 1,200 hours of training at an approved barbering school. You can also do a 2,250-hour apprenticeship. The original licensing fee in Maryland is $50.


Contact the state licensing board to learn more:

Maryland Board of Barbers

Education Details

Barbering in Maryland can be a complex skillset to acquire. It’s a lot more than simple men’s cuts and a warm shave. When you compare programs, you should look for courses that offer learning outcomes associated with coloring, anatomy, chemistry, tools and equipment, as well as topics in Maryland state laws for sanitation and safety.

Maryland barbering courses may cover the following topics: •

  • Chemistry •
  • Hair coloring •
  • Facial massage •
  • Skin, scalp and hair disorders
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

If you are going to work as a barber in Maryland, you will need to renew your license every two years by the license expiration date. The fee to renew is currently $50 – with an additional $50 late fee if you do not pay on time. For many barbers, owning a shop is the big dream – which will cost you $200 to renew – if that dream comes true. You can renew your license online, through this handy portal. In Maryland, you can also up-level and become a ‘master’ barber, which requires at least 15 months of experience as a licensed barber.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Barber
State board Contact Information

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address:

You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.

Many enjoy the work of some of the best professional barber stylists in Maryland.
These individuals have honed their craft and kept the hair care industry thriving
in the state. To pursue these goals, it is mandatory for potential barbers to access
the information by these groups.

Maryland Board Of Barbers
Maryland Department Of Labor
Maryland Board Of Barbers Applications and Fees

Find the Beauty Schools in Maryland that interest you below,

Baltimore Beauty & Barber School

8660 Pulaski Highway,
Baltimore, MD 21237

Program: Barbering

Award Beauty & Barber School

26 East Antietam Street,
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Program: Barbering

Hair Academy II

3705 Branch Ave,Lower Level - Iverson Mall
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Program: Barbering

Paul Mitchell the School - Jessup

7351 Assateague Drive,
Jessup, MD 20794

Program: Barbering

Hair Academy Cosmetology, Barber & Massage School

8435 Annapolis Road,
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Program: Barbering

Hair Expressions Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School

12450 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville, MD 20852

Program: Barbering

Montgomery Beauty and Barber School

8736 Arliss Street,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Program: Barbering

Blades School of Hair Design

22576 Macarthur Blvd # 316,P.O. Box 226
California, MD 20619

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Glen Burnie-Baltimore

6320 Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Owings Mills-Baltimore

9616 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105,
Owings Mills-Baltimore, MD 21117

Program: Cosmetology

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