Barber Schools and License Requirements in Tennessee


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,

Jenny Lea Academy

222 E Unaka Ave,
Johnson City, TN 37601

Program: Barbering

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Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Nashville

1765 Galleria Blvd.,
Franklin, TN 37067

Program: Cosmetology

Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students are educated by professionals, using innovative curriculums that blend professional techniques with retail and business-building skills. Experience the AVEDA difference and start your journey today! • iPad Mini included in every kit • Digital curriculum offers 24/7 access • CampAVEDA immersion program • Salon tours & career fairs • License fees included • 8, 000 salons, spas, institutes and stores in 32 countries Why Aveda With over 30 years of nurturing beauty, environmental leadership and responsibility, AVEDA sources organic, plant-based alternatives to synthetic chemicals and packaging, providing high-performing, award-winning products that are good for professionals, our guests and the earth. AVEDA is the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power. By committing to alternative energy sources we can all have an impact on the energy we consume and help lower our carbon footprint. Programs Offered Cosmetology Training Program Express your creativity and talent! Our Cosmetology program and master student phase incorporate theory with extensive hands on experience to provide you with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. The Cosmetology course includes hair cutting, color, texture services, nail care, makeup application, business development, retail knowledge and the concept of gaining and retaining clients. Upon completion, students move on to the master student phase for intensive real-world training to hone their skills. Esthiology Training Program The AVEDA Institute's innovative Esthiology program offers students the opportunity to learn specialized techniques to balance and renew the skin, body and elemental nature. Hands-on clinical experience includes facials, waxing, makeup application, business development, wellness and retail knowledge. Upon graduation, participants will be prepared to take the state licensing examination, opening the door to a future as an esthetician. What They Say About Us "My favorite part about the AVEDA Institute is the level of growth I have experienced. This process began from day one with the specialized, individual attention I received from my educators. This attention has continued and I feel very comfortable being able to express myself in ways I didn't think possible. Now I'm very outgoing and have the confidence to perform all techniques I‘ve learned. So far this career is a really great journey and I enjoy being challenged at the AVEDA Institute, which has truly encouraged me to be the best "me" I can be."  - Kaitlyn, student Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
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