Barbering Schools in Washington

Washington state is one of the highest-paying states for barbers. So, if you're considering a beauty career in Washington, barbering may be worth a look.

The job pays well, has a higher-than-average expected growth rate and lets you choose whether to learn your trade through a barber program or apprenticeship.

Read on to learn more about becoming a barber in Washington, including licensure requirements, exam expectations, and more. Browse our directory of barbering schools in Washington, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.

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1105 South 348th Street Suite B-106
Federal Way, WA 98003

(206) 945-1551
Cosmetology, Barbering, Hair Design, Teacher Training

71 Gage Boulevard
Richland, WA 99352

(509) 213-6180
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

15303 East Sprague Avenue Suite C Suite C
Spokane Valley, WA 99037

(509) 213-6185
Cosmetology, Barbering, Teacher Training

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Allure Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1222 East Front Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Arts Barber Academy – Accredited

2400 West Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336

Aveda Institute Portland, Vancouver Campus – Accredited

6615 Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661

Bates Technical College – Accredited

1101 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

BJ's Beauty & Barber College – Accredited

5239 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

Char-Glo School Of Beauty

1418 South Pioneer Way
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Chavez Beauty School – Accredited

109 West Heron Street Suite B
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Divas Cosmetology And Barbering Academy – Accredited

317 West Lewis Street
Pasco, WA 99301

Elite Cosmetology, Barber & Spa Academy – Accredited

2606 West Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, WA 98902

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

1414 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

Evergreen Beauty College - Mount Vernon – Accredited

509 South 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Evergreen Beauty College - Shoreline – Accredited

18336 Aurora Avenue North Suite 103
Shoreline, WA 98133

Evergreen Beauty College - Yakima – Accredited

401 North 1st Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Federal Way Barber College – Accredited

1824 South Commons
Federal Way, WA 98003

H & K Cosmetology Unlimited – Accredited

8815 South Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

International Beauty Education Center – Accredited

12832 West Sunset Highway
Airway Heights, WA 99001

J's Barber School – Accredited

113 South Wapato Avenue
Wapato, WA 98951

JD Beauty Academy – Accredited

208 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Lincoln Beauty School – Accredited

702 South 38th Street A
Tacoma, WA 98418

Lupita's Beauty And Barber School – Accredited

746 West Court Street Suite B
Pasco, WA 99301

New York Hair Academy – Accredited

2508 West Sylvester Street Suite D
Pasco, WA 99301

Olympia Barber School – Accredited

2747 Pacific Avenue Southeast A-2
Olympia, WA 98501

Royalty Cutz Barber School

7712 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Ruiz Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

2810 East Lincoln Avenue Suite G
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Stylemaster College of Hair Design – Accredited

1224 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

Tranform and Rejuvenate Academy – Accredited

2741 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA 98310

Vega's Academy – Accredited

7635 Macarthur Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98664

Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

23 West First Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336

Vuu's Beauty School – Accredited

807 King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Walla Walla Community College – Accredited

500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Zorganics Institute Beauty and Wellness – Accredited

410 West Bakerview Road Suite 112
Bellingham, WA 98226
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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 Washington

Washington Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,000 education hours or 1,200 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for barbers in Washington is $63,140.
  • There is a predicted 17% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

If you like working with your hands in a social environment, a barbering career is worth considering. Becoming a barber in Washington State allows you to work in a growing field where you help clients look and feel their best.

Barbers supply services like shaves, haircuts, and beard trims to clients of all ages and backgrounds. The best barbering programs also provide insight into essential business topics like accounting, management, and marketing.

If you're interested in a Washington barbering career, you must meet specific state-regulated licensure requirements:

  • Meet eligibility requirements: You must be at least 17 and hold a high school diploma or GED.
  • Complete a barber training program: These programs include at least 1,000 hours of instruction and must be approved by the Washington State Department of Licensing.
  • Pass the barber licensing exam.
  • Submit an application for barbering licensure.
  • Pay all relevant fees.
  • Maintain your license: You must renew your Washington barber license every two years.

Prospective barbers must be at least 17 and hold a high school diploma or GED. If you meet these eligibility requirements, you can hone your barbering skills through a state-approved barber school or apprenticeship.

State-approved programs require a minimum of 1,000 hours of instruction and review of the theoretical and practical topics covered on Washington's barber licensing exam.

After completing your training program, you need to pass a licensing exam administered by the Washington State Department of Licensing. The test comprises written and practical sections, and after passing the exam, you can apply for your barber license.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Washington

1,000 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Barber programs in Washington state provide the foundational knowledge and skills needed to jumpstart a successful barbering career. State-approved programs cover at least 1,000 hours of instruction in various barbering areas, including haircutting, coloring, safety, and sanitation.

Throughout your Washington-based barbering program, expect to cover essential haircutting techniques for varied hair types and styles. These programs also teach you how to perform shaves and beard trims and give instruction on the various tools of the trade, how to use them efficiently, and how to maintain them effectively.

Running a profitable barbershop requires more than just haircutting skills, and standout Washington barber schools cover business management, client retention, accounting, and marketing topics.

Customer service is another essential element of barbering, and students learn to communicate effectively with clients, build relationships, and provide a stellar experience. You also become familiar with the rules and regulations of the barbering field.

Common topics you may encounter during your barbering program include the following:

  • Practice and theory of barbering
  • Shaving and beard trimming
  • Sanitation and sterilization
  • Skin and hair diseases and disorders
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Client safety
  • Artificial hair
  • Barbering law and regulations
  • Shampooing and conditioning

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Washington?

1,200 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Like its cosmetology apprenticeships, Washington State provides an apprenticeship pathway for those who want on-the-job training instead of a traditional barbering program. If this sounds like a good fit, find a licensed barber willing to take you on as an apprentice.

To meet state requirements, you must complete at least 1,200 hours of supervised training at a licensed shop under the watchful eye of a licensed barber.

Throughout your apprenticeship, you focus on developing the skills you'd learn in a barbering program. After completing the minimum training hours, you must pass Washington's licensing exam.

If you think an apprenticeship may serve you better than a barber program, consider a few components to find the best apprenticeship:

  • Find a licensed and experienced mentor who can provide hands-on training and support.
  • Identify effective apprenticeship programs utilizing a structured curriculum.
  • Seek options offering fair compensation.
  • Look for programs that provide opportunities for growth and advancement.

Washington Barber Licensing Requirements

Completing your apprenticeship or barber program is essential to your training, but it all culminates with Washington's barber licensing exam. Preparing for the barber exam can feel daunting, but you could ace the test with the proper guidance and preparation.

Washington's barber exam includes written and practical portions testing your knowledge and skills in various barbering areas. Common test topics include haircutting, beard trimming, and sanitation practices.

To pass the test, you must earn a minimum score of 75% on both exam sections. The cost is $60 for the written test and $120 for the practical test.

Understanding Washington's barbering exam's content, format, and scoring is vital for success.

Written Exam

The written part of the Washington barber exam is computer based and includes 100 multiple-choice questions. You have 90 minutes to complete this portion, and questions often cover the following:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Hair care
  • Haircutting
  • Facial hair design
  • Safety practices
  • Client management
  • Sanitation
  • Barbering chemistry

Practical Exam

The practical exam assesses your technical skills in a real-world setting and tests three areas: haircutting, shaving, and beard trimming. You must bring your own equipment, supplies, and mannequin head to the exam. The test breaks down as follows:

  • Setup and client security
  • Straight razor shave
  • Haircutting
  • Cleanup and summary

After receiving passing scores, you're eligible to apply for your licensure. You can apply online and must pay a $30 licensing fee.

Washington Barber License Reciprocity

If you're a barber wanting to transfer your license to Washington, there's a streamlined process that includes:

  • Holding an active barbering license
  • Applying through the Washington State Department of Licensing
  • Paying a $60 application fee
  • Providing proof of licensure in good standing
  • Giving evidence of passed exams

If you have not passed a written and practical exam, you must pass the state's barbering exam before earning your new license.

Barber License Renewal in Washington

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

After earning your initial Washington barber license, you must renew it biannually. To complete the renewal process:

  • Be sure to have your license number handy.
  • You can apply for renewal 120 days before the expiration.
  • You can apply online and must pay the $66 renewal fee.
  • If your license expires, the late renewal costs $131.

Washington State does not require continuing education credits for renewal

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Washington


Average yearly salary for barbering in Washington

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, barbers in Washington earn an average annual salary of $63,140 in 2022. While cost-of-living typically influences wages, barbers in Washington earn almost$24,000 more annually than the national average.

In addition to higher-than-average wages, barber careers in Washington are projected to grow by as much as 17% between 2020-2030.

Contact the Washington State Board of Barbering

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program

Resources for Barbers in Washington

Washington State Department of Licensing
This is your go-to page for licensing and renewal information in Washington.

Washington Barber Association
Part of the American Barber Association, this professional organization can assist with everything from education to licensing.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
This agency oversees workplace safety and health in Washington state. You can find information on these regulations and workers' compensation insurance.


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