Which Barber Schools Are Located in South Carolina?

Learn about barber schools in South Carolina. Get information about courses available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Should Know

Barbering programs in South Carolina are typically offered through less-than-2-year private institutions or 2-year technical schools. You might complete a program in about 1 year or 4 semesters, while training for the minimum number of hours to qualify for the state licensing exam. Programs are also available for licensed cosmetologists who wish to train as barbers, or for barbers who want to learn teaching techniques. Explore the following summaries to find a program that appeals to you.


Barber Training Programs in South Carolina

Salon 496 Barber Academy

  • Program Name: Master Barber
  • Program Length: 11 months full-time for day program; 14 months full-time for evening program
  • Tuition: $20,650 (includes tuition, registration fee and cost of supplies; for 2011-2012)
  • Admissions Requirements: Minimum age of 17, pre-enrollment interview
  • School Type: < 2-year, private for-profit; about 30 undergraduate students
  • Address: 496 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Ste. D, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Phone: 864-242-0800

This program requires 1,500 clock hours of training, 280 of which must be completed before you can begin providing services to clients in the school's clinic. Topics of study include professional ethics, sanitation, sterilization and bacteriology. You can also learn how to shave, cut and shampoo men's hair, as well as provide facial treatments. Other topics covered include permanent waving, men's hairpieces, scalp disorders, licensing laws, stropping and hair coloring.

Styletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy

  • Program Name: Hair and Barber Styling
  • Program Length: Roughly 44 weeks
  • Tuition: $15,500 (includes books, tuition, registration fee and supplies; as of 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum age of 16 (N.C. residents) or 17 (S.C. residents)
  • School Type: < 2-year, private for-profit; about 20 undergraduate students
  • Address: 239 Hampton St., Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Phone: 803-328-0807 x102

This 1,528-clock-hour program can prepare you for barber licensure exams in both North and South Carolina. Training focuses on methods for cutting hair; however, cosmetology courses are also included in the curriculum. You can learn about barber styling, trend analysis and advanced clipper-cutting techniques.


Barber Diploma Programs in South Carolina

Augusta Technical College

  • Program Name: Barbering Diploma
  • Program Length: 4 semesters full-time
  • Tuition: $75 per credit hour for Georgia residents and South Carolina residents in Aiken, McCormick, Edgefield, Barnwell and Allendale counties; $150 per credit hour for all other residents (for Fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 4,400 undergraduate students
  • Address: 3200 Augusta Tech Dr., Augusta, GA 30906
  • Phone: 706-771-4028

Augusta Technical College is located near the Georgia-South Carolina border. You can use credits earned in its barbering diploma program to get a South Carolina barber license. In addition to a brief general education core, you'll take courses in sanitation, haircutting, shaving, color theory, facial treatments and shop management. You're also required to complete an internship and practicum. Students in this program must have professional liability insurance before the internship and clinical training begins.

Similar coursework is offered in the school's barbering certificate program for cosmetologists. Training is also available to aspiring barber instructors who'd like to teach their trade to students in technical and community colleges.

Denmark Technical College

  • Program Name: Diploma in Barbering
  • Program Length: 46 credit hours
  • Tuition: $1,176 per semester for residents; $2,352 per semester for non-residents (for 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,600 undergraduate students
  • Address: 1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd., Denmark, SC 29042
  • Phone: 803-793-5203

This diploma program delivers instruction through a combination of clinical experiences and lectures. You can study business management, sales, product procurement and business ownership in addition to topics in sanitation practices, state laws and regulations, salon services and anatomy. You also study cosmetology topics and take 9 credit hours of general education coursework.


Licensing Information for Barbers in South Carolina

If you want to become a licensed barber in South Carolina, a couple of training options are available to you. You can either complete an accredited 1,500-hour barber training program or 12-months of supervised work experience. The latter option will entail about 1,920 hours of on-the-job training overseen by a licensed barber instructor.

Once either type of training has been completed, you'll need to pass written and practical licensing exams. If you're a licensed cosmetologist with 2 years of experience, you'll only need to pass the practical portion to become a licensed barber.

Salary and Employment Outlook for Barbers

Job opportunities for barbers were projected to increase 7% nationwide during the 2010-2020 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 300 barbers worked in South Carolina as of May 2011. The average salary for them was about $25,000.

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