Barber Schools in Vermont

If a growing career that allows you to work with your hands in a social environment sounds good, becoming a barber in Vermont might be for you. Continue reading as we dive into everything you need to know about barber schools in Vermont and how you can jumpstart your barbering career.

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

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How to Become a Barber in Vermont

Vermont Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 750 education hours or 1,125 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 24 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Vermont is $32,451.
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase for barbers between 2021-2031 nationally.

If pursuing a barbering career in Vermont sounds like a solid fit for you, there's a clear pathway from barber education to state licensure. Still, there are some things you need to know as you prepare to pursue a barbering career.

Here's a handful of requirements that you need to meet:

  • You need a high school diploma or GED.
  • You must complete at least 750 education hours at an accredited Vermont barbering school.
  • Pass the written and practical sections of Vermont's licensing exam.
  • Pay all relevant fees.
  • Complete continuing education and renew your license annually.

If you have a high school diploma or a GED and are a Vermont resident, you meet the criteria to enroll in a Vermont-based barbering school. Not all programs are created equally—the best programs not only help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality barbering services but challenge you to learn foundational business skills that help you run your own shop.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Vermont

750 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Vermont requires at least 750 hours of barbering instruction. Throughout your Vermont-based barbering education, you should learn theoretical topics, gain extensive hands-on training, and hone the soft skills vital to managing a shop. Vermont barbering students encounter a comprehensive curriculum that covers everything from the history of barbering to chemical texture services.

Below are some topics Vermont barber schools cover:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Barbering History
  • Barbershop Management
  • Chemical Texture Services
  • Equipment
  • Facial Hair Design and Shaving
  • Infection Control and Bacteriology
  • Job Hunting
  • Nail Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Shop Operations
  • Skin and Scalp Disorders
  • State Rules and Regulations
  • Study Skills
  • Test Preparation

Barber schools in Vermont must be accredited by the Secretary of State's Office of Professional Regulation.

Vermont Barber Licensing Requirements

Upon completing a 750-hour Vermont barbering program, you can take the state's barber licensing exam. The barber licensing exam includes written and practical sections. You have 90 minutes to complete the test. The written section is multiple-choice, while the practical exam simulates a real-world barber experience. We spotlight these test sections below.

Theory Examination

The theory section of Vermont's barbering exam covers four areas:

  • Scientific concepts
  • Chemical services
  • Hair care services
  • Facial and shaving services

State Law Exam

In addition to the written theory exam, you're tested on your knowledge of Vermont's rules and laws that govern barbers in the state. This section is also multiple-choice.

Practical Examination

The hands-on portion of the exam must be scheduled in advance at an approved site. You must provide your own supplies, including a mannequin. We highlight the test components below.

  • Work area setup and client consultation
  • Haircutting
  • Straight razor shaving
  • Chemical waving
  • Hair lightening
  • Hair color touchup
  • Hair relaxing

Upon completing Vermont's barber exam, you'll be notified of the results within ten business days. Prospective barbers must earn a minimum score of 75% on each section. Those failing to pass the exam receive their results with a report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of their test performance. After earning a passing score, the state board automatically issues your license.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Vermont?

1,125 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Yes, Vermont permits barber apprenticeships for those not wanting to tackle an accredited barber program. Accepted barber apprenticeships require the following:

  • An online apprenticeship application
  • Detailed apprenticeship plan, including supervision and structure of training
  • 1,125 hours of supervised training
  • Log of apprenticeship progress and hours
  • Approved hours
  • Passing scores on written and practical barbering exams

Vermont Barber License Reciprocity

Vermont allows barber license reciprocity, and applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Those applying for an endorsement from out-of-state must hold an active license in another jurisdiction. Additionally, applicants must have completed a barber education program or apprenticeship with equivalent requirements. Those not meeting education requirements must have at least 1,500 hours of professional experience completed over more than one year.

Barber License Renewal in Vermont

2 Years

License renewal period

24 Hours

Continuing education required

After completing your barber education, passing the state's exam, and beginning your Vermont barbering career, you must renew your license every two years.

Vermont barbers receive a renewal notice six weeks before the expiration. You can renew online and must attest to completing the required 24 hours of continuing education. In addition to providing continuing education information and answering various administrative questions, barbers must pay the biannual renewal fee of $130.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Vermont


Average yearly salary for barbering in Vermont

While national barber salary data isn't available for Vermont, shows an average salary of $32,451 for these professionals in Vermont. Additionally, Vermont's top 10% of barbers can earn more than $45,116 annually. Vermont's average barber salary is slightly less than the national average salary of $34,990.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US barbering workforce is projected to grow by 8% between 2021-2031.

Contact the Vermont State Board of Barbering

Office of Professional Regulation

Resources for Barbers in Vermont

FAQ about Barber Programs and Careers
Our FAQ answers our readers' most pressing questions about barber programs and careers.

Vermont Office of Professional Regulation
This is your go-to spot for everything from barber school information to license renewals.

Administrative Rules for Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, and Nail Technicians
This handbook outlines everything you need to know about barber licensure and education in Vermont.

Vermont Barber Association
The Vermont chapter of the American Barber Association is the leading professional organization and includes information regarding licensing, reciprocity, and industry news.


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