Barber College Certifications

There are requirements in place regulating the licensing of barbers in each of the Unites States. In Tennessee, a barber is defined as someone who performs certain practices for payment, directly or indirectly, or without payment to the public generally. These practices include shaving or trimming beards, cutting or styling hair, giving facial and scalp massages or treatments with oils, creams, lotions and other preparations either by hand or mechanical appliances, singeing, curling, shampooing, coloring, bleaching or straightening hair, and applying hair tonics.

In order to be licensed as a barber, an applicant must be at least 17 years of age, not owe any money to a barbering school, and satisfying all education and examination requirements. The education requirements in Tennessee include a tenth-grade education or equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of 1500 hours in a registered barber school. If an applicant has a valid Tennessee Cosmetology License, 750 hours of approved training in the cosmetology school can count towards the 1500 hours in a registered barber school. Licenses are
then renewed every two years.

Most barber colleges offer financing options for students to help ease the financial burden the education requirements place on the applicant. The funding for the financial options comes from the federal government, but is only available if certain strict guidelines are met by the Barber College. The 90/10 Rule requires  for-profit barber colleges to get no more than 90% of their revenues from Title IV federal student aid.

It is critical that you work with an Accountant that understands the reporting requirements and can help you achieve this certification and maintain it year over year. Mickey Randolph works with barber colleges across the United States, and is thoroughly familiar with the government requirements for barber colleges. His experience can help your business thrive and attract more students with greater financial aid opportunities.