Barber Schools in New Hampshire

If you love to help people look and feel their best, why not become a barber in New Hampshire and launch a new career in the granite state?

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

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Empire Beauty Schools - Hooksett – Accredited

1328 Hooksett Road
Hooksett, NH 03106

Empire Beauty Schools - Somersworth – Accredited

465 High Street
Somersworth, NH 03878

The Barber Academy - Salem

326 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
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.

How to Become a Barber in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 800 education hours or 1,600 apprenticeship hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in New Hampshire is $45,595 ($21.92/hour)
  • There is a predicted 13% job increase between 2016-2026 for barbers.

To become a licensed barber in New Hampshire, you must complete the steps set by the Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics.

Specifically, you must:

What to Expect From a Barber Program in New Hampshire

800 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Before being granted your barber license in New Hampshire, you must complete at least 800 training hours in a state-approved barber school. During your time at barber school, your education covers a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Chemistry, sterilization, and antiseptics
  • Diseases of the skin, glands, and nails
  • Hair cutting
  • Hair styling
  • Hygiene and sanitation
  • Massage
  • Scientific fundamentals of barbering
  • Shaving

New Hampshire also offers a Master Barber license, which requires 1,500 training hours or 3,000 hours of apprenticeship. This covers additional topics that the regular barber license doesn't include, like:

  • Hair coloring and bleaching
  • Permanent waves
  • Fitting hairpieces

New Hampshire Barber Licensing Requirements

Once you complete 800 training hours at a New Hampshire barber school, you can take your theory and practical exams administered by D.L. Roope. The practical exam costs $119, and the theory exam costs $74.

You must achieve a score of at least 75 to pass each exam, and results are generally available online within seven to 10 business days.

Theory Exam

New Hampshire's barber theory exam was developed by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC), and you can apply online to take it as soon as you finish your barber school program. Your school can also provide a paper application if you'd prefer. It can be taken in English, Vietnamese, Korean, or Spanish.

You have 90 minutes to complete the exam, which contains 60 items (of which 50 are weighted and contribute to your final score). It's split into the following sections

Scientific Concepts – 40%

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic chemistry of barber products
  • Hair conditions, disorders, and diseases
  • Infection control and safety
  • Skin conditions, disorders, and diseases

Implements and Equipment – 10%

  • Equipment safety and sanitation
  • Hair tools

Hair Care Services – 30%

  • Client consultation
  • Hair care
  • Hair design
  • Head shaving

Facial Hair and Skin Care Services – 20%

  • Client consultation
  • Electro-therapy and light therapy
  • Facial hair and skin care draping
  • Facial hair and skin care principles, procedures, and safety

Practical Exam

On the day of your practical exam, arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time with all the necessary supplies and present the examiner with your admission letter and a valid, signed government-issued photo ID. The exam can only be taken in English.

The practical test takes two hours to complete and is split into the following timed sections:

  • Work area and client preparation, set up supplies (10 minutes)
  • Hair cutting (40 minutes)
  • Work area and new client preparation, set up supplies (15 minutes)
  • Straight razor shaving (variable timing)
  • Blood exposure procedure (10 minutes)

ADA Accommodations

Candidates with a disability and require accommodations can request the required forms from their school or contact D.L. Roope directly for assistance.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in New Hampshire?

1,600 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Yes, you can apprentice as a barber in New Hampshire. Barbering apprenticeships consist of 1,600 training hours over at least 12 months, and you must be supervised by a licensed barber who has been working within the state for two years or more.

New Hampshire Barber License Reciprocity

If you've already gained your barber license out-of-state, you may be able to transfer it for use in New Hampshire via reciprocity.

The educational requirements in your licensing state should match (or exceed) those required in New Hampshire, and you need to provide certain evidence to the state board before your license is granted, such as:

  • A completed out-of-state application
  • A completed applicant questionnaire
  • An official certificate of licensure from your previous state
  • A copy of a high school diploma (or equivalent)
  • A $100 reciprocity fee
  • A copy of your school transcript, including total number of hours.

Barber License Renewal in New Hampshire

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

All barber licenses in New Hampshire must be renewed every two years on the last day of the month in which the license was first issued. For example, if your license was issued on January 1, 2023, it must be renewed by January 31, 2025. Each renewal costs $50 and should be completed online.

There is no continuing education required for barber license renewals in New Hampshire. However, you should stay on top of new trends and industry developments to give your clients the best service possible.

Contact the New Hampshire State Board of Barbering

New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

Resources for Barbers in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Barber Association
This is the NH wing of the National Barber Association, with information and guidance on licensing, exams, professional recognition, and more.

FAQs About Barbering
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