If the field of cosmetology is too broad for your interests and skills, but there are many specialties within this field that may better suit you. For example, the field of barbering is growing rapidly throughout Wisconsin.

Many men want to look their best at all times, and rather than going to a busy salon, they choose to go to a barber shop.

State License Requirements
Education Details

As you start learning how to become a barber, you may learn many cosmetology and barbering techniques that are unique to men. For example, you may learn how to shape and shave facial hair according to a man’s preferences. You may use electric shavers and razors to accomplish this goal. Hair cutting is another important part of barbering. There are many popular men's hairstyles today, and you should be able to replicate all of them by the time you graduate.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is the source for renewal and barber licensing information in this state. Barbers must renew their license by March 31 of every odd year. The fee for renewal is $82, but increases to $107 if paid after the renewal date. In 2017, Wisconsin is making barbers complete continuing education requirements. Students must complete 4 hours of class time in one of the approved courses. There are many types to choose from, including business management and other important topics.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

As an increasing amount of Wisconsin men learn how great it is to look their best, you may see the statewide demand for barbers continue to increase. Currently, job openings for barbers are expected to increase by 11% between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2012). This is a beauty specialty in which salaries vary quite a bit. Once you establish a customer base and keep your chair full whenever you work, you may see your salary potential increase accordingly. O*Net reports that the average salary for a Wisconsin barber is $18,800 per year.

Working as a Barber

To be a successful barber in Wisconsin, it is important to understand what men want when they go to get their hair and facial hair done. Some barber shops are busy and fast-paced, while others are more relaxed and designed to be a break for busy men. You should be able to match the pace and mood of whichever barber shop you work in. A good memory is definitely an asset in this career. When men come back to you month after month, it may help them if they don’t have to explain what they want to you every time.

State board Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address:

The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.

Wisconsin is a thriving state that has seen an expanded variety of industries flourish
within the past decade. Thanks to that, the barbering industry is also seeing some
incremental growth. For those who look towards being a barber as a possible career,
it is prudent for them to access this information.

Wisconsin Barber License Information
Wisconsin Examination and Licensure Portal
Wisconsin Barber Credential Forms

Find the Beauty Schools in Wisconsin that interest you below,

Aveda Institute Madison

353 East Campus Mall,
Madison, WI 53715

Program: Barbering

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness (Aveda School)

327 E. St. Paul Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Program: Barbering

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive,
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Cosmetology

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Green Bay

940 Hansen Road,
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

2310 W Court St.,
Janesville, WI 53548

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School- Milwaukee

5655 South 27th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Program: Cosmetology

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