Barbering Schools in Ohio

If you're considering a career as a barber in Ohio, you're in the right place! In this article, we discuss how to become an Ohio barber, including what to expect from barber programs, how to earn your license, what to expect to pay, and more.

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

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815 Youngstown Warren Road
Niles, OH 44446

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Akron Barber College – Accredited

2828 South Arlington Avenue
Akron, OH 44312

Allstate Hairstyling & Barber College – Accredited

2546 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

Barber Academy of Forest Park – Accredited

1236 West Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45240

Barberology College of Barbering Arts – Accredited

5970 Westerville Road
Westerville, OH 43081

Beyond Expectations Barber College - Akron – Accredited

2202 Romig Road
Akron, OH 44320

Beyond Expectations Barber College - Youngstown – Accredited

2246 Glenwood Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44511

Choffin Career Center – Accredited

200 East Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44503

Cincinnati School of Barbering & Hair Design – Accredited

6500 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239

Dayton Barber College – Accredited

2741 C Lyons Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Journey Barber School – Accredited

16480 Broadway Avenue
Maple Heights, OH 44137

LaBarberia Institute of Hair – Accredited

1633 Golden Gate Plaza
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Levels Barber College – Accredited

3008 Atlantic Boulevard Northeast
Canton, OH 44705

Lorain County Community College

1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035

Meryma'at Barber College – Accredited

12825-27 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111

New Directions Beauty Institute – Accredited

4390 Karl Road
Columbus, OH 43224

Ohio State College of Barber Styling – Accredited

4614 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43213

Prince's Barber Academy – Accredited

330 Main Street
Zanesville, OH 43701

Ron West Barber College – Accredited

33030 North Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH 45414

Sandusky Career Center – Accredited

4501 Venice Heights Boulevard
Sandusky, OH 44870

T.O.L. Barber College – Accredited

1604 South Byrne Road
Toledo, OH 43614

The Keratin Barber College – Accredited

4074 Lee Road
Cleveland, OH 44128

Toledo Adult Education Barber Academy – Accredited

2400 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo, OH 43620

Toledo Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education – Accredited

3281 Upton Avenue
Toledo, OH 43613

X-quisite Cutz School of Barbering – Accredited

3230 Roosevelt Boulevard
Middletown, OH 45044
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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 Ohio

Ohio Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,800 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Ohio is $40,320.
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2021–2031 for barbers nationally.

To become a barber in Ohio, you must be at least 18 years old, complete 1,800 training hours in a board-approved barbering program, pass two exams, and pay a license fee.

The Ohio Cosmetology and Barber Board enforces the barbering licensing and practicing laws set at the state level.

The board defines a barber as someone who performs these services:

  • Shaving or trimming hair on the face, in the ears, and on the neckline
  • Cutting or styling hair
  • Facials, skincare, or scalp massages
  • Shampooing, bleaching, coloring, straightening, or permanently waving hair
  • Cutting, fitting, or forming head caps for wigs or hairpieces

Barbers are only qualified to perform these services on clients' heads, faces, and necks for cosmetic purposes only.

In addition to being 18 years old, before you can earn your Ohio barber license, you must also have completed at least 8th grade (or the equivalent) to be eligible for your license

Before applying for your license, you need to earn 1,800 training hours in a board-approved barbering program. Alternatively, if you already have a cosmetologist license, you only need 1,000 hours in a board-approved barbering program to earn your barber's license.

Ohio doesn't currently offer barbering licenses through apprenticeships.

In addition to the theoretical, scientific, and practical classes you must take in your barbering program, you must also complete a one-hour human trafficking education course.

After completing your barber education, you're ready to take your licensing exams. You need to pass a practical exam, during which you'll perform barbering services on a mannequin, and a theoretical exam on barbering concepts.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Ohio

1,800 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Barbering programs in Ohio are 1,800 hours and have classes in hair styling, facial treatments, and shaving.

As part of your program, you need to complete 100 hours of theoretical study. The theoretical study includes courses like:

  • Barber ethics and shop management
  • Barber history
  • Diseases of the skin, hair, and gland
  • Elementary chemistry relating to barbering sterilization and antiseptic
  • Histology of the hair, skin, and nerves
  • Hygiene and bacteriology
  • Barbering laws
  • Salesmanship, advertising, public relations, and human relations
  • Scientific fundamentals of barbering
  • Structure of the head, face, and neck (anatomy and physiology)

You must also complete 200 hours of "scientific barbering practice" courses. These may include:

  • Barber implements
  • Bleaching
  • Facial shaving
  • Facial treatments
  • Haircutting I (tapers)
  • Haircutting II (style/trend cuts)
  • Haircutting III (styling)
  • Hairpieces
  • Permanent waving hair
  • Shampoo treatments
  • Straightening and relaxing hair
  • Tinting

The remaining hours focus on general barbering practices, which include services like:

  • Basic barber shop duties
  • Bleaching
  • Facial shaving
  • Facial treatments
  • Fitting and styling hair pieces
  • Hair straightening, waving, and relaxing
  • Haircutting: tapers, style/trend cuts, and styling
  • Scalp treatments
  • Shampoo treatments
  • Shop management
  • Tinting

To become licensed, board-approved barbering schools need a large enough facility for students to learn to perform all barbering treatments.

They must also require their students to meet specific qualifications set by the board, including being a minimum age of 17 and having an 8th-grade education or above.

Schools must also file their curriculum with the state board.

Ohio Barber Licensing Requirements

To earn your barber license in Ohio, you must complete your barbering program, take a theory and practical exam, and pay a $30 fee.

You can register for your barber license exams online. The board reviews your exam application and emails you confirmation that you're ready to schedule your exams.

The barber theory exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions.

  • Twenty-five percent of the questions cover infection control and safety. You can expect questions on understanding infections (bacteria, parasites, etc.), infection control (safe storage, precautions, etc.), and safety (first aid, OSHA regulations, etc.)
  • Ten percent of the exam covers anatomy and physiology. Questions cover skin (structure, diseases, etc.) and hair (hair structure, hair loss, hair disorders, etc.)
  • Thirty percent of the questions cover hair care services like hair cutting, styling, and coloring.
  • Five percent of the questions concern product knowledge and chemistry (ingredients, chemical reactions, etc.)
  • Fifteen percent of the exam is on barbering tools, implements, and equipment.
  • Five percent of the exam is about facial treatments.
  • And finally, 10 percent of the exam questions are on Ohio barbering rules and regulations. So, before your exam, be sure to brush up on:
  • Ohio Revised Code Statutes - O.R.C.4709
  • Ohio Administrative Rules - O.A.C. 4713
  • License and Permit Policy Procedures

Your other licensing exam covers practical skills.

You need to bring your own mannequin head to your exam, along with a valid government-issued ID and the supplies you need to perform the required treatments. You can find the suggested supplies on the board's website.

Your exam begins with twenty minutes of setup time. This is to wash your hands, disinfect your station and supplies, and set everything up.

Next, you'll show how to correctly hold strops and razors safely and correctly.

Then, you have 20 minutes to demonstrate a chemical wave. Follow proper safety procedures, correctly set up for the treatment, and simulate a technically proficient chemical wave to succeed in this exam section.

Following the chemical wave, you have ten minutes to retouch the color on your mannequin's right front section of hair.

Next, you perform a chemical virgin relaxer on the mannequin's left front section of hair. You have ten minutes to complete it.

Following the relaxer, you have 25 minutes to perform a taper haircut. Next up, you have 35 minutes to perform a facial shave.

The practical exam ends with a basic, ten-minute facial.

The exams are offered in English only. You must receive 75% on each test to pass. If you fail, you can retake the exam again in 90 days. If you only fail one of your exams, that's the only one you must retake.

If you need ADA accommodations for your exams, you just need to complete a form and submit it to the board. Your physician or the barber school you attended must sign the form confirming you need the requested accommodation. 

Ohio Barber License Reciprocity

There's good news for barbers who want to relocate to Ohio but are licensed in another state. The Ohio Cosmetology and Barbering Board issues Ohio barber's licenses to barbers who earned their license in any state with licensing requirements equivalent to Ohio's.

To earn your Ohio barber license via reciprocity, you don't even need to take the Ohio licensing exams. All you have to do is pay a $300 license reciprocity fee.

Barber License Renewal in Ohio

2 Years

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

Ohio barbers must complete four hours of continuing education and pay a fee every other year, in even-numbered years, to renew their license.

Licenses expire on August 31st every two years, in even-numbered years. You must complete your four hours of continuing education 15 days before then, on August 15th.

The continuing education courses you must take to renew your license are:

  • a one-hour Boards and Rules Course
  • a three-hour Infection Control and Safety Course

After you complete your continuing education hours, you can pay the $110 license renewal fee and apply for your license renewal online.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Ohio


Average yearly salary for barbering in Ohio

In 2022, the average yearly salary for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Ohio was $40,320. The state doesn't provide details specifically about barbering.

Nationally,O*Net predicts an 8% leap in the number of barbers between 2021 and 2031. Again, Ohio doesn't publish its own details.

Contact the Ohio State Board of Barbering

Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board

Resources for Barbers in Ohio

Ohio Salon Association
A professional network with a mission to connect Ohio beauty professionals and communicate changes to Ohio Cosmetology and Barber Board rules and state laws concerning the beauty industry.

Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board Facebook Group
Get Ohio industry updates as soon as they're released.


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