Tennessee is one of many states proving that barber shops with cool concepts are making a comeback, and in some ways, are better than ever. The prime example is John’s Barber Shop, located inside an airplane that’s been parked on the side of US Highway 25 West since the 1930’s. Originally constructed as a gas station to draw tourists, the plane lives on – along with the style and class of the barbering profession. Fortunately, there are many top-notch barber schools in Tennessee for you to consider. So, what’s your next step, you ask? Easy.

We recommend taking a quick look at the information below. We have laid out the facts and stats in an easy-to-read, organized way. We’ll help you figure out the required hours and other license requirements. From there, use the search box up top to see the listings of schools near you. Or you can scroll through the cosmetology school listings at the bottom of this page. Either way, you can be ready to train as quickly as possible and make your own mark in the Tennessee barber community.

State License Requirements


  • 1500 Hours
Education Details

Tennessee barbering students should look at the course curriculum right off the bat, when comparing schools. Today’s barbers require a pretty big tool belt to apply the latest men’s styles. No longer are coloring, permanent waving, and facial massage just components of women’s hair design experiences. To compete as a master barber in today’s world of men’s styles, look for a program that includes a complete set of skills, and the requirements for state licensure.

Common Tennessee barbering courses should cover: •

  • Mustache and beard design
  • •Hair and scalp treatments •
  • Safety and sanitation •
  • Shop management
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

In the state of Tennessee, you will need to renew your barber license every two years. This must be done by the last date of the month you were originally licensed in. You’ll pay an $80 fee and submit your application for renewal to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. As a barber in Tennessee, you won’t have to meet any continuing education requirements. However, you should always keep an eye out for events and workshops, or additional courses that focus on enhancing critical master barber skills.

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

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1147
Phone Number: 615-741-2515
Fax Number: 615-741-1310
E-mail Address: Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov

The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners can answer any questions you may have about obtaining your cosmetology license in Tennessee.

Tennessee boasts a vibrant barbering industry, and it is expected to grow in size
and impact over the next six years by local estimates. With that in mind, those
looking to become barbering professionals utilize the following information.

Tennessee Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
Tennessee Master Barber Candidate Exam Information
Tennessee Barber Exam Portal


Find the Beauty Schools in Tennessee that interest you below,

Empire Beauty School - Brentwood-Nashville

7106 Moores Lane, Ste A,
Brentwood-Nashville, TN 37027

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Nashville

1765 Galleria Blvd.,
Franklin, TN 37067

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Jackson

1433 Hollywood Dr,
Jackson, TN 38301

Program: Cosmetology

Georgia Career Institute (TN)

755 Chancery Street,
McMinnville, TN 37110

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Memphis

568 Colonial Road,
Memphis, TN 38117

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Memphis-Highland

804 South Highland Street,
Memphis-Highland, TN 38111

Program: Cosmetology

Georgia Career Institute Murfreesboro

1233 Comerce Park Drive,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Program: Cosmetology

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