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Barber Schools and License Requirements in Georgia

Hair and facial hair are essential elements to men’s style and fashion. Georgia is home to one of America’s “Manliest Barbershops,” as declared by Men’s Health Magazine. This barbershop, Kutz Remix Barbershop in Suwanee, is known for being owned by the brother of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback, Travis Daniels, and for being immersed in music, from the DJ booth to the vinyl Records of Fame wall.

If you’re ready to begin your career as a barber in Georgia so you can open a cutting edge shop of your own, you will need to qualify for a license through the Georgia State Board of Barbers, which defines barbering as the cutting, styling, and designing of hair, including facial hair.

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For guidance on how to become a licensed barber in Georgia, follow the steps outlined in this guide:

Step 1. Graduate from a 1500-Hour Georgia Barber Training Program

Your initial step toward a Georgia barber license is to graduate from a Georgia barber college. The Georgia State Board of Barbers requires that your school provide at least 1500 hours of specialized training. Board-required courses include the following:

Theory (280 hours)

Theory – 50 hours
Hair and Scalp Treatments – 25 hours
Hairstyling Techniques, Styling and Cutting – 70 hours
Shaving – 25 hours
Coloring of Hair – 25 hours
Facial Hair Design and Waxing – 20 hours
Permanent Waving, Relaxing, and Chemical Application – 65 hours
Clinical Services (1220 hours)

Theory – 200 hours
Hairstyling Techniques and Cutting – 500 hours
Shaving – 25 hours
Shampooing – 5 hours
Facial Hair Design and Waxing – 10 hours
Scalp Treatment Techniques – 10 hours
Permanent Waving – 270 hours
Additional Instruction – 200 hours

The Georgia Board also allows you to complete a barber apprenticeship. However, to do so, you must be at least 16 years old, and complete the following steps:

Submit Application for Barber Apprenticeship
Submit $45 Application Fee
Complete On-the-Job Training Underneath the Direct Supervision of a Licensed Barber with at least 18 Months of Experience
Complete at least 3000 Hours of Training over at least 18 Months

Step 2. Pass National Theory and Georgia State Practical Licensing Exams

Once you graduate from a barber training program, your school will submit your graduation notification to PSI Services, which is the testing vendor that the Georgia Board allows to give and grade the barber licensing exams. With your school’s pre-approval, you will be able to register for and schedule your licensing exams with PSI. There are two licensing exams that you will need to schedule: the Georgia Barber Practical Exam, and the National Barber Written Exam. To schedule these exams, complete the following steps:

Download and Read the Georgia Board Barber Examination Candidate Information Bulletin
Schedule Exams Online
Pay Combined Examination Fee of $147.00
Georgia Barber Practical Exam

This practical exam will only take 85 minutes to complete. You will be graded on your ability to perform the following barber services:

Set Up and Client Protection
Shaving with a Straight Razor
Basic Facial
Blow Dry Styling
National Barber Written Exam

You will have about 90 minutes to complete this written, computer-based exam. This exam will text your theoretical knowledge on barber subjects, including the following:

Scientific Concepts
Chemistry, Electricity, and Light
Hair, Skin, and Scalp Disorders
Facial and Shaving Services
Hair Cutting and Styling
Hair Care Services
PSI has examination sites in the following Georgia cities:

Once you pass these exams, PSI will provide the Board with your scores, and you will be eligible to apply for your Georgia barber license.

Step 3. Submit a Georgia Master Barber License Application to the Board

After completing barber training and passing the licensing exams, you may now submit an application to the Georgia Board for a barber license. To do so, you will need to complete the following steps:

Fill Out Application for Master Barber’s License
Present Copy of High School Diploma
Provide Barber Training Diploma
Pay $30.00 Application Fee

If you hold a barber license in another state, you may qualify for a Georgia barber license based on reciprocity. This means that you will not need to complete Georgia barber training or pass the Georgia licensing exams. If you would like to apply for a license based on reciprocity, you will need to complete the following steps:

Submit Application for Barber Licensure by Endorsement/Reciprocity
Provide Licensure Verification from Previous Licensing Board
Present Proof of High School and Barber School Education
Pay $50.00 Reciprocity Licensing Fee
You may submit all of your initial application and reciprocity application materials to the Board at the following mailing address:

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31208

Step 4. Explore your Career Options and Keep your License Current

If you are interested in opening your own barbershop in order to customize the style and atmosphere of the shop to your liking, you will be able to do this by first obtaining barbershop license. This license may be obtained by completing the following steps:

Submit Application for Barber Shop to Georgia Board
Attach $75.00 Application Fee
In the initial phases of your career, you will likely start by renting a chair in one of Georgia’s well-established shop:

Jack and Sons Barber Shop – Roswell
Gino’s Classic Barber Shoppe – Atlanta
Good Look Barber Shop – Southeast Marietta
Alpharetta Barber shop – Alpharetta
Exodus Barber Shop – Stone Mountain
You will need to renew your license by December 31st of even numbered years. The Board will send you a courtesy reminder about 6 weeks before you need to renew. If you do not receive this notice from the Board, you are still responsible to renew the license. You may do this by completing the renewal form and submitting the renewal fee online.

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