Private vocational schools offer Barbering programs.  Program costs for these programs will vary significantly from one school to the next.  Prices for school tuition start at $3,500 and can go as high as $10,000.  Prices for tools can start from $400 up to $1,000.  It’s important to find out what the quoted price includes when researching various programs and schools.  Some schools include tools in the price and some schools do not.

New York State requires at least 500 hours in order to be eligible to take the NYS Barber Operator exam.  Courses maybe longer than the required minimum.  However, they are not mandatory.  Schools increase the hours in order to be eligible for financial aid from the Federal government which requires courses to be no less than 660 hours.

Upon completion of the minimum required hours and successful passage of the NYS Barber Operator exam you’ll be granted Barber Operator license. May refer to this license as a Master Barber license.

There are many ways to become a barber in New York.

  1. New York State Education
    1. Enroll in an Approved NYS Barber School Barber School
    2. Complete the required minimum of 500 hours of Barber training
    3. Complete the Infection Control course, which should be included in the curriculum of any approved NYS Barber School
    4. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  2. Education Outside of New York State
    1. Complete state approved Barber program in any of the 49 states
    2. Provide Certificate of Completion as well as Transcripts to NYS with your application
    3. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  3. Apprenticeship
    1. Obtain NYS Apprentice Barber license from NYS
    2. After license is granted you’ll need to work for 2 years under a Master Barber.
    3. Apply for Barber Operator license after 2 years of experience
    4. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  4. Experience outside of United States
    1. Provide Certificate of Completion of school from your country, if any
    2. Provide two letters of recommendation from your clients, boss or colleagues. Letters should support the type and length of your experience. Experience has to be from your native country.
    3. Pass the NYS Barber Operator Exam
  5. Reciprocity
    1. Licensed barbers from Maine, New Mexico, or Pennsylvania may obtain their NYS license by reciprocity

Barber School will give you the full rundown of barbering, and may even teach you about how some of the old techniques have influenced and shaped today’s techniques. The core techniques of cutting hair, trimming, and shaving. The tools you’ll be using to cut and trim hair. The tools you’ll be using to shave.

Yes, cosmetologists do and can cut men’s hair but your learnings in barber school go much more in depth than what a cosmetologist is allowed to do within their scope of practice. It is important to realize this difference up front to ensure that you are attending the school that can give you the career you want.

We say it many times that Tribeca Barber & Beauty School is very different from other conventional schools. We say this with good reason one of them being we offer employment opportunities for our students as soon as they graduate. Another thing that separates us from everyone else is we offer step by step videos on problem areas for students. 

Being a barber is trendier than ever. Barbering brings a lot of benefits—you can make great money, the job security is next level (people will always need their hair taken care of), there’s lots of customer interaction, and you get to tap into both your creative and business savvy sides.

The average barber typically does 18 standard haircuts, 14 full-service haircuts or mix it up a bit and do 4 full service & 12 standard haircuts within a day. This should give you an idea of how to structure day-to-day time, services & become creatively appealing to your clients.

Being a barber is not hard, but being a good barber can take years to achieve a profitable working routine. Anyone can do the bare minimum in any working field, but if you want to leave a legacy and a substantial profit in this business learning all of the aspects of barbering will take effort.

There are many ways to improve your existing barber skills. One way you can improve your skills is by taking our barber refresher course and hone your skills for 50 hours of guided practice. Another way is to join our work study program where we place you in the presence of a master barber who has a high volume shop that will help sharpen your skills. Lastly you can watch some of our how to videos to learn more about certain techniques that can help you master what you need.

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whether you’re looking for a great place to learn the barber industry or you want to gain a new skill, we are the perfect place.