If you want to become a professional barber, you will need to attend a barber school. Barber schools teach the skills and techniques necessary for becoming a licensed barber. In Pennsylvania, there are several options for barber schools. This page provides information on some of the best barber schools in Pennsylvania as well as helpful career information for becoming a licensed barber.
Barber Schools in Pennsylvania
|id||keyword||barber||cosmetology||esthetician||hair||makeup||nail||beauty||general||School Specialties||School Name||full_address||Street Address||City||State||Zip Code||plus_code||Website||Phone Number||latitude||longitude||latlong||Learning Environment||Rating||Reviews||5star||4star||3star||2star||1star||Image||Pricing||Description||hours||hours_info||Monday Hours||Tuesday Hours||Wednesday Hours||Thursday Hours||Friday Hours||Saturday Hours||Sunday Hours||Schools in This Area||Details|
|129||barber schools near Philadelphia PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Philadelphia Barber School||5694 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120||5694 Rising Sun Ave||Philadelphia||PA||19120||2VRR+76 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||(215) 613-8465||40.04||-75.11||40.0405801-75.1095748||Barber school||4.00||4 reviews||3||0||0||0||1||Tuesday, 10AM to 7PM; Wednesday, 10AM to 7PM; Thursday, 10AM to 7PM; Friday, 10AM to 7PM; Saturday, 9AM to 1PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 10AM Wed||Closed||10AM to 7PM||10AM to 7PM||10AM to 7PM||10AM to 7PM||9AM to 1PM||Closed|
|199||hair schools near Harrisburg PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Barber Styling Institute||3433 Simpson Ferry Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011||3433 Simpson Ferry Rd||Camp Hill||PA||17011||63G5+RR Camp Hill, Pennsylvania||https://barberstylinginstitute.com||(717) 763-4787||40.23||-76.94||40.227123-76.9404723||Beauty school||4.50||57 reviews||47||4||0||1||5||Thursday, 9AM to 6PM; Friday, 9AM to 6PM; Saturday, 9AM to 1PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 2 to 6PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 6PM; Wednesday, 9AM to 6PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||2 to 6PM||9AM to 6PM||9AM to 6PM||9AM to 6PM||9AM to 6PM||9AM to 1PM||Closed|
|301||barber schools near Philadelphia PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Blizzadelphia Barber College||2643 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133||2643 Germantown Ave||Philadelphia||PA||19133||XVV2+2W Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||(267) 774-9163||39.99||-75.15||39.9926337-75.1478576||Trade school||3.70||7 reviews||4||1||0||0||2||Tuesday, 8AM to 7PM; Wednesday, 8AM to 7PM; Thursday, 8AM to 7PM; Friday, 7AM to 7PM; Saturday, 7AM to 7PM; Sunday, 7AM to 1PM; Monday, 8AM to 7PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 8AM Wed||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 1PM|
|436||cosmetology schools near Pittsburgh PA||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetician||Barber School of Pittsburgh||5056 William Penn Hwy, Monroeville, PA 15146||5056 William Penn Hwy||Monroeville||PA||15146||C7GR+XW Monroeville, Pennsylvania||https://bsp.edu||40.43||-79.71||40.4274652-79.7077352||Barber school||4.20||13 reviews||9||1||1||0||2||Wednesday, 9AM to 4PM; Thursday, 9AM to 4PM; Friday, 9AM to 4PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 4PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 4PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed|
|767||hair schools near Reading PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Reading Barber Institute||810 Oley St Space E, Reading, PA 19604||810 Oley St Space E||Reading||PA||19604||83WH+CJ Reading, Pennsylvania||https://readingbarberinstitute.com||(610) 236-0300||40.35||-75.92||40.3461123-75.9209764||Beauty school||5.00||2 reviews||2||0||0||0||0||Thursday, 9AM to 6PM; Friday, 8AM to 7PM; Saturday, 8AM to 5PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 5PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 5PM; Wednesday, 9AM to 6PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 6PM||9AM to 6PM||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed|
|1,066||hair schools near Pittsburgh PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Barber School of Pittsburgh||1201 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216||1201 Banksville Rd||Pittsburgh||PA||15216||CX9C+86 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||https://bsp.edu||(412) 922-1234||40.42||-80.03||40.4182712-80.0295627||Beauty school||4.50||68 reviews||55||4||2||1||6||Thursday, 9:30AM to 7:30PM; Friday, 9:30AM to 4:30PM; Saturday, 9:30AM to 4:30PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9:30AM to 4:30PM; Tuesday, 9:30AM to 7:30PM; Wednesday, 9:30AM to 7:30PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9:30AM||9:30AM to 4:30PM||9:30AM to 7:30PM||9:30AM to 7:30PM||9:30AM to 7:30PM||9:30AM to 4:30PM||9:30AM to 4:30PM||Closed|
|1,311||hair schools near Philadelphia PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Lehigh Valley Barber School||114 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106||114 N 3rd St||Philadelphia||PA||19106||XV33+3V Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||https://lehighvalleybarberandbeauty.com||(610) 419-6913||39.95||-75.15||39.9526466-75.1452504||Beauty school||5.00||9 reviews||9||0||0||0||0||Wednesday, 9:30AM to 5PM; Thursday, 9:30AM to 5PM; Friday, 9:30AM to 5PM; Saturday, 9:30AM to 5PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 9:30AM to 5PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9:30AM Thu||Closed||9:30AM to 5PM||9:30AM to 5PM||9:30AM to 5PM||9:30AM to 5PM||9:30AM to 5PM||Closed|
|1,327||barber schools in Delaware||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Ben-Issa Old School Ben Barber Shop||2404 Rhawn St, Philadelphia, PA 19152||2404 Rhawn St||Philadelphia||PA||19152||3X42+XJ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||(215) 303-3816||40||-75||4.8||36 reviews||0||0||2||10AM to 7PM|
|1,501||nail tech schools near Allentown PA||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||Barber, Nail Tech||Merge BarberSchool||431 Tilghman St, Allentown, PA 18102||431 Tilghman St||Allentown||PA||18102||JG7H+9F Allentown, Pennsylvania||https://mergebarberschool.com||(610) 351-6113||40.61||-75.47||40.6133551-75.4712798||Beauty school||5.00||7 reviews||7||0||0||0||0||Thursday, 9AM to 5PM; Friday, 9AM to 5PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 5PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 5PM; Wednesday, 9AM to 5PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,508||barber schools in Maryland||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Final Touch Barber Academy||925 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123||925 Spring Garden St||Philadelphia||PA||19123||XR6W+PF Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||https://finaltouchbarberacademy.com||(215) 232-1152||40||-75||5||32 reviews||0||0||0||9AM to 1PM, 4 to 8PM|
|1,595||hair schools near Allentown PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Lehigh Valley Barber School||1517 Irene St, Bethlehem, PA 18017||1517 Irene St||Bethlehem||PA||18017||JMR3+26 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||https://lehighvalleybarberschool.com||(610) 419-6913||40.64||-75.35||40.6399604-75.3469469||Barber school||4.70||61 reviews||55||1||0||2||3||Thursday, 9:30AM to 6PM; Friday, 9:30AM to 6PM; Saturday, 9:30AM to 5PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 9:30AM to 6PM; Wednesday, 9:30AM to 6PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9:30AM||Closed||9:30AM to 6PM||9:30AM to 6PM||9:30AM to 6PM||9:30AM to 6PM||9:30AM to 5PM||Closed|
|1,600||barber schools in New Jersey||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Success Barber Academy||560 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360||560 Main St||Stroudsburg||PA||18360||XRP5+92 Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania||https://successbarberacademy.com||(570) 484-5801||41||-75||5||4 reviews||0||0||0||11AM to 4PM|
|1,612||nail tech schools near Reading PA||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Nail Tech||American Barber and Beauty Academy||733 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA 19607||733 Lancaster Ave||Reading||PA||19607||8386+G6 Reading, Pennsylvania||https://americanbarberbeauty.com||(610) 927-5664||40.32||-75.94||40.3163413-75.9393846||Beauty school||4.70||114 reviews||97||10||0||0||7||Thursday, 9:30AM to 6:30PM; Friday, 9:30AM to 1:30PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9:30AM to 6:30PM; Tuesday, 9:30AM to 6:30PM; Wednesday, 9:30AM to 6:30PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9:30AM||9:30AM to 6:30PM||9:30AM to 6:30PM||9:30AM to 6:30PM||9:30AM to 6:30PM||9:30AM to 1:30PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,619||barber schools near Kailua1 HI||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Premier Barber Institute||573 E Main St, Norristown, PA 19401||573 E Main St||Norristown||PA||19401||4M68+7P Norristown, Pennsylvania||https://premierbarberinstitute.com||(844) 467-7364||40.11||-75.33||40.1105562-75.3332011||Barber school||4.50||53 reviews||40||8||1||0||4||Wednesday, 9AM to 9PM; Thursday, 9AM to 9PM; Friday, 9AM to 9PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 9PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 9PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,677||barber schools near Helena MT||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Cutting Edge Barber Academy||114 W Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17603||114 W Orange St||Lancaster||PA||17603||2MQR+JH Lancaster, Pennsylvania||https://thecuttingedgebarberacademy.com||(717) 824-4215||40.04||-76.31||40.0390673-76.3085689||Barber school||4.90||115 reviews||110||2||0||0||3||Wednesday, 10AM to 2PM; Thursday, 10AM to 2PM; Friday, 10AM to 2PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 10AM to 2PM; Tuesday, 10AM to 2PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 10AM||10AM to 2PM||10AM to 2PM||10AM to 2PM||10AM to 2PM||10AM to 2PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,882||nail tech schools near Harrisburg PA||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Nail Tech||Barber and Beauty Academy of Pennsylvania||3849 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109||3849 Union Deposit Rd||Harrisburg||PA||17109||75HG+84 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||https://barberandbeautyacademyofpa.com||(717) 234-8463||40.28||-76.82||40.278252-76.824746||Beauty school||4.90||18 reviews||17||1||0||0||0||Thursday, 8:45AM to 4:45PM; Friday, 8:45AM to 12PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 8:45AM to 4:45PM; Tuesday, 8:45AM to 4:45PM; Wednesday, 8:45AM to 4:45PM. Hide open hours for the week||Open ‚ãÖ Closes 4:45PM||8:45AM to 4:45PM||8:45AM to 4:45PM||8:45AM to 4:45PM||8:45AM to 4:45PM||8:45AM to 12PM||Closed||Closed|
|2,025||barber schools near Philadelphia PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Generations Barber School||6830 Market St, Upper Darby, PA 19082||6830 Market St||Upper Darby||PA||19082||XP6R+HW Millbourne, Pennsylvania||(610) 938-4226||39.96||-75.26||39.961384-75.2576867||Barber school||4.50||8 reviews||7||0||0||0||1||Tuesday, 9:30AM to 9PM; Wednesday, 9:30AM to 9PM; Thursday, 9:30AM to 9PM; Friday, 9:30AM to 9PM; Saturday, 9:30AM to 9PM; Sunday, 10AM to 7PM; Monday, 9:30AM to 9PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9:30AM Wed||9:30AM to 9PM||9:30AM to 9PM||9:30AM to 9PM||9:30AM to 9PM||9:30AM to 9PM||9:30AM to 9PM||10AM to 7PM|
|2,078||barber schools near Philadelphia PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Junior Barber Academy||2213 N Uber St, Philadelphia, PA 19132||2213 N Uber St||Philadelphia||PA||19132||XRQP+44 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||https://juniorbarberacademy.com||(702) 374-4374||39.99||-75.16||39.9877609-75.1646383||Barber school||5.00||2 reviews||2||0||0||0||0||Tuesday, Closed; Wednesday, Closed; Thursday, Closed; Friday, Closed; Saturday, 5 to 7PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 5PM Sat||Closed||Closed||Closed||Closed||Closed||5 to 7PM||Closed|
|2,088||barber schools near Erie PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Keystone Barber School||110 S Logan Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602||110 S Logan Blvd||Altoona||PA||16602||FJ83+8C Altoona, Pennsylvania||https://keystonebarberschool.com||(814) 515-1121||40.47||-78.40||40.4657694-78.3963762||Barber school||5.00||25 reviews||24||1||0||0||0||Tuesday, 11AM to 5AM; Wednesday, 11AM to 5PM; Thursday, 11AM to 5PM; Friday, 11AM to 5PM; Saturday, 12 to 5PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed. Hide open hours for the week||Open ‚ãÖ Closes 5AM ‚ãÖ Reopens 11AM||Closed||11AM to 5AM||11AM to 5PM||11AM to 5PM||11AM to 5PM||12 to 5PM||Closed|
|2,156||barber schools near Allentown PA||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Modern Male Barber Academy||209 W Main St, Lansdale, PA 19446||209 W Main St||Lansdale||PA||19446||6PV7+8J Lansdale, Pennsylvania||https://mmbacademy.com||(215) 353-1535||40.24||-75.29||40.2431316-75.2861385||Barber school||4.70||48 reviews||43||2||0||1||2||Wednesday, 8AM to 12PM; Thursday, 8AM to 12PM; Friday, 8AM to 12PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 8AM to 12PM; Tuesday, 8AM to 12PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 8AM||8AM to 12PM||8AM to 12PM||8AM to 12PM||8AM to 12PM||8AM to 12PM||Closed||Closed|
|2,386||hair schools near Harrisburg PA||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Woolf Doctors Barber Science||2626 Derry St, Harrisburg, PA 17111||2626 Derry St||Harrisburg||PA||17111||7555+W9 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||40.26||-76.84||40.259854-76.841621||Barber shop||4.90||27 reviews||25||1||1||0||0||Thursday, 10AM to 8PM; Friday, 10AM to 8PM; Saturday, 10AM to 12AM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 10AM to 8PM; Tuesday, 10AM to 8PM; Wednesday, 10AM to 8PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 10AM||10AM to 8PM||10AM to 8PM||10AM to 8PM||10AM to 8PM||10AM to 8PM||10AM to 12AM||Closed|
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State Requirements for Barber Licensing in Pennsylvania
Becoming a barber in Pennsylvania takes four steps, which can be completed in a year. The process for becoming a barber in Pennsylvania is as follows:
- Enroll in a barber school
- Complete 1,250 hours of instruction
- Pass the barber exam
- Renew barber license every two years
How Much Do Pennsylvania Barber Schools Cost?
The average cost of tuition for barber schools in Pennsylvania is $13,215.
Other than the cost of tuition, students are responsible for expenses such as a barber kit, necessary supplies, textbooks, study guides, and fees associated with taking the licensure exam.
Barber school students may qualify for a variety of financial aid packages. Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships accessible to you through your barber school, Pell Grants, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, VA benefits, and direct subsidized loans are just a few examples. These financial aid possibilities can help you save money on education at barber schools. To learn whether you qualify for these options, contact the financial aid office at your barber school.
You will also want to research loan options through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). This is an ideal option once you have exhausted other financial aid options like a Pell Grant or the FAFSA.
Required Skills and Classes
The Pennsylvania Department of State requires that barbers receive 1,250 hours of instruction from an accredited barber school program to be eligible for a barber license by examination. During barber school, students will learn about barber concepts and services they can provide upon receiving a license.
Barber school students are expected to learn in two different settings – Theory and Practical.
During theory learning, barber school students are taught basic barbering skills and concepts by an instructor in a classroom setting. Students will be quizzed on knowledge learned throughout classes, which will help prepare them for the upcoming Theory barber exam.
During practical learning, barber school students will be able to practice and refine their skills on barbershop patrons, volunteers, and mannequins. Practical learning makes up the majority of hours spent during barber school, and it helps prepare students for the Practical Skills section of the barber exam.
Throughout theory and practical learning, barber schools are expected to spend the approximate number of hours on the following subjects:
|Honing and stropping||25|
|Shaving and various uses of the straight razor||240|
|Haircutting, hairstyling and hairpieces||535|
|Shampoo and scalp massages||25|
|Hairwaving or curling (perms), straightening||25|
|Scalp and skin disease||50|
|State barber law and rules and regulations||50|
|Sterilization and sanitation||50|
|Electricity (ultraviolet, high frequency, infrared, curling irons)||25|
|Professional ethics and barbershop demeanor||25|
|Manager-barber instructions, instruments, shop management, examination orientation and preparation||50|
|Total minimum hours of credit required||1,250|
State Licensing Exams
Pennsylvania uses Pearson Vue to administer the Pennsylvania barber exam. There is a required application fee of $30, an exam fee of $63 for the Theory exam, and a $77 fee for the Practical Exam that must be paid when signing up to take the exams. Payments can be made on the Pearson Vue website or be mailed to:
Pearson Vue C/O Dasher Inc
PO Box 1562
Harrisburg, PA 17105
The Pennsylvania Barber Exam consists of two separate exams – the Theory Exam and the Practical Skills Exam
The Theory Exam can be taken at the following Test Center locations:
- Pittsburgh East
- Pittsburgh West
- Plymouth Meeting
The Theory Exam is made up of 110 multiple choice questions, 10 of them being Pennsylvania specific questions. The content of the exam mirrors topics learned in barber school and the exam consists of the following sections:
- Rules, Regulations, and Safety – 25% to 30%
- Hair and Scalp Structure and Care – 5% to 10%
- Shaving and Beard Design – 6% to 10%
- Haircutting and Hairstyling – 25% to 30%
- Chemical Services – 20% to 25%
- Skin Care – 4% to 8%
Practical Skills Exam
The Practical Skills Exam requires that you demonstrate skills learned in barber school in front of examiners. The test is timed, and you are scored on a points value. The Practical Skills Exam are typically offered on a quarterly basis and can taken at the following locations:
Test takers are required to bring the following equipment with them to the exam:
- Government Issued ID (Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, etc.)
- Secondary ID (Social Security card, Debit card, ATM card, School ID, etc.)
- Conventional Razor
- First Aid Kit
- Live Model/Mannequin
During the practical exam, you will perform the following services on mannequins and a live model:
- Infection Control & Safety – 10 minutes
- Chemical Relaxer – 17 minutes
- Facials – 20 minutes
- Hair Coloring: Retouch and Virgin – 25 minutes
- Hair Cutting: Basic Layered, and Tapered – 40 minutes
- Permanent Wave – 15 minutes
- Shaving – 25 minutes
- Honing and Stropping – 15 minutes
Upon completing the exam, you will receive a pass or fail score. If you passed the exam, you are eligible to apply for a barber license through the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners.
What Is The Salary Of Pennsylvania Barbers?
Barbers in Pennsylvania earn $34,400 per year or $16.54 an hour on average according to the BLS.
Are There Continuing Education Requirements For Pennsylvania Barbers?
The Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners does not have continuing education requirements for license renewal for licensed barbers.
How Do I Renew My Pennsylvania Barber License?
Barber licenses expire every two years and are renewed on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website. You will need to create an account if this is your first time renewing your license or sign into an existing account. Renewed barber licenses should be issued within three calendar days of being processed.
Out of State Barbers
Barbers moving to Pennsylvania from another state can obtain a Pennsylvania barber license by reciprocity if they have an active and non-expired barber license in one of the following states:
- New Mexico
- New York
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Barbers must also submit a licensure by reciprocity application, pay an application processing fee, submit a Criminal History Record Check, and submit a Letter of Good Standing for the state in which the current license is held.
Contact Information for Licensing Board
The Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners can be found with the following contact details:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (717) 783-3402
Address: P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649