Barbering Schools in South Carolina
With positive job growth and a steady income, becoming a barber in South Carolina could be the ideal career if you're looking for a creative, hands-on profession. Browse our directory of barbering schools in South Carolina, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.
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Paul Mitchell The School Charleston – Accredited
North Charleston, SC 29418
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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- 1,500 education hours or 1,920 apprenticeship hours are required to become licensed.
- You must renew your license every year.
- 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
- The average salary for barbers in South Carolina is $33,010.
- There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2021–2031 for barbers nationally.
To become a barber in South Carolina, you must complete a program or an apprenticeship, pass exams, and earn your licensure.
In South Carolina licensure requirements include:
After you pass the exams, expect to receive your license within 30 days.
What To Expect From a Barber Program in South Carolina
Required to earn a barbering license
Barber programs in South Carolina last at least nine months and entail 1,500 hours of training in basic barbering topics like shaving, hair cutting, shampooing, and barber-related science.
A standard barber school curriculum includes:
South Carolina Barber Licensing Requirements
After completing your barber program, submit an application with your desired exam date, pay the testing fees, and pass the written and practical barber licensure exams.
After the testing administrator, Professional Credential Services (PCS), emails you a Theory Authorization to Test letter and a Practical Admission Notice, you can schedule your theory exam online at PSI Exams. It costs $115, and the practical is $105, or you can pay $175 for a combined examination. You must score 70% or higher to pass both exams.
You have 90 minutes to complete the theory exam, which contains 100 questions on the following:
You must bring your own supplies (labeled in English) and mannequin head or model to the exam.
The exam covers the following:
PCS emails your scores within 10 business days of the exam.
Can I Apprentice as a Barber in South Carolina?
Required to earn a barbering license
Yes, you can apprentice as a barber in South Carolina. Like cosmetology apprenticeships, South Carolina offers the opportunity to train under a licensed barber or master hair care specialist instead of attending a traditional school. To qualify, you must be at least 16 years old, have achieved a ninth-grade education, and test negative for tuberculosis or present a doctor's note stating you're not contagious.
South Carolina barber apprenticeships last at least 12 months or 1,920 hours on the same material as a standard barber school curriculum. You must also undergo an additional 420 training hours on sanitation, sciences, and shaving.
South Carolina Barber License Reciprocity
You're eligible for a South Caroline barbe license through endorsement if you were licensed in another state.
If you or your spouse is a member of the military, you may be able to receive an expedited license.
Barber License Renewal in South Carolina
License renewal period
Continuing education required
Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in South Carolina
Average yearly salary for barbering in South Carolina
Charleston is the highest-paying metro area for Barbers in South Carolina, with a median salary of $28,810.
Data isn't available on job growth for barbers in the state. Nationally, the future is bright for this career. Jobs are expected to grow by 8% from 2021-2031.
Contact the South Carolina State Board of Barbering
Resources for Barbers in South Carolina
South Carolina Board of Barber Examiners
The regulatory agency overseeing barber licensure.
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