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California Barber License and Training Requirements

You’re looking for a beauty career that gives you the chance to build specialized skills and work in a professional environment. The field of barbering could be a great fit for you. In the state of California, barbers are licensed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Training requirements are similar to what you’ll find in other states; at minimum, you need 1,500 hours of training before you can qualify for barbering license in CA. A major focus of your training is hands-on experience, which is why the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has specific requirements for training hours and hands-on procedures.

California Barber Classes

  • Hairstyling: 65 hours of instruction and 240 procedures
  • Permanent waving and chemical straightening: 40 hours of instruction and 105 procedures
  • Hair coloring and bleaching: 60 hours of instruction and 50 procedures
  • Hair cutting: 20 hours of instruction and 80 procedures
  • Shaving: 200 hours of instruction and practical training
  • Preparation and performance: 100 hours of instruction and 40 procedures
  • Laws and regulations: 20 hours of instruction
  • Health and safety considerations: 45 hours of instruction
  • Disinfection and sanitation: 20 hours of instruction
  • Anatomy and physiology: 15 hours of instruction

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to start a career in barbering, this is your chance to get started.

Use our list of barber classes in California to contact programs near you.

California Barber Training and License Requirements

After meeting California barber school education requirements, you can advance to the next step in the licensing process. Upon completion of your program, you can send your examination application and fee to the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Within 12 weeks, they should schedule your practical and written barbering exams. Once you’ve passed both of these exams, you get your initial California barber license, which allows you to work independently as a barber.

California Barbering License Specifics

  • Testing costs: $125 combined testing and licensing fees
  • Accepted payment methods: Check, money order, or cashier’s check
  • Apprenticeship options: 3200 hours of apprenticeship training and 220 classroom training hours
  • Tests available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese

This process is quite a bit of work, but it has benefits for you, your customers, and the entire field of cosmetology. When you meet high licensing standards, you can feel confident that you are ready to work with clients as a barber. Licensing gives customers more faith in barbers and cosmetologists, since it gives them an easy way to check their stylist’s credentials. The entire beauty industry benefits!

Requirements for Renewing Your Barber License in California

In the first odd-numbered year after getting your initial license, your barber license must be renewed. Every two years, you must submit your renewal application with the renewal fee of $50. If your application is postmarked after the renewal date on your form, your fee increases to $75.

While California does not currently have any continuing education requirements, attending seminars and training events may be helpful to your career, your networking efforts, and your professional skill set.

With the list of barbering courses on this page, it’s easy to find a California barbering program near you.

Find local programs and get in touch with them to learn more about your options.

Find Barbering Programs in California

Bellus Academy – Accredited
Chula Vista, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Bellus Academy – Accredited
El Cajon, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training
Bellus Academy – Accredited
Poway, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology
Stockton, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Palm Desert, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Vacaville, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Milan Institute – Accredited
Bakersfield, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Milan Institute – Accredited
Clovis, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited
Merced, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited
Palm Desert, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Granada Hills, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering

Find Cosmetology Schools Near You

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Rosemead, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
ABA Beauty School – Accredited
Panorama City, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Fernando, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Tracy, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Laguna Hills, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Corona, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Alhambra, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Palmdale, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
West Covina, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Asel Beauty College – Accredited
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Barbering
Westminster, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Barbering
Bakersfield, CA
Barbering
Baldwin Park, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Lakewood, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Long Beach, CA
Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Barbering
Pasadena, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Victorville, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Butte College – Accredited
Oroville, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Barbering
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Cen Beauty Academy – Accredited
Riverside, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Riverbank, CA
Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Hemet, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
La Quinta, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Fountain Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Hemet, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Coba Academy – Accredited
Anaheim, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Cosmotek College – Accredited
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Cosmoton Academy – Accredited
Lompoc, CA
Barbering
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Fairfield, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Vacaville, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Thousand Oaks, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Riverside, CA
Barbering
Upland, CA
Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Federico College – Accredited
Fresno, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Clarita, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Eureka, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Woodland Hills, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Bakersfield, CA
Barbering
La Puente, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Orange, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Barbering
Vallejo, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Stockton, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Maria, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Clovis, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
South Gate, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Palm Desert, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
San Marcos, CA
Barbering
San Jose, CA
Barbering
Canoga Park, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Long Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Katie Skills Center – Accredited
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
KC Beauty Academy – Accredited
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
King Beauty College – Accredited
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Milpitas, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Barbering
Lancaster, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Selma, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
El Centro, CA
Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Lu Ross Academy – Accredited
Ventura, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
San Rafael, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Master Academy – Accredited
Long Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Long Beach, CA
Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Oxnard, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Hayward, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Pablo, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Santa Clara, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Costa Mesa, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Fresno, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Pasadena, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Pleasant Hill, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Sherman Oaks, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Temecula, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Pomona, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Barbering
Pro Barber College – Accredited
Torrance, CA
Barbering
Pro Barber College – Accredited
Westminster, CA
Barbering
El Monte, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology / Barbering
Reseda, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Redondo Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Barbering
Ontario, CA
Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Barbering
Temecula, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
RTC College – Accredited
Jurupa Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
SABA Beauty School – Accredited
Lake Forest, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Laguna Hills, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Riverside, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Upland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
West Covina, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
San Bernardino, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Luis Obispo, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Redding, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Merced, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Simi Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Monrovia, CA
Hair Design / Barbering
Sonora, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Escondido, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Stockton, CA
Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Barbering
The Barber Academy – Accredited
San Jose, CA
Barbering
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Woodland, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Concord, CA
Barbering
San Jose, CA
Barbering
Torrance, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Salinas, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Oceanside, CA
Barbering
Reseda, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
ZMS The Academy – Accredited
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Permanent Make-Up / Electrology / Barbering
School Accreditation

You must attend a school that is approved by your state to provide training in the discipline you want to practice. Check with the school and the state board to be sure that your program of study will prepare you for any applicable state licensure.