Which Barber Schools Are in Virginia?

Learn about barber schools located throughout Virginia. Get information about available programs and requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Approved barber programs in Virginia are available through public and private, for-profit schools. You might complete a barbering program in about a year that fulfills the minimum clock-hours required in the state. A part-time certificate program in cosmetology theory is also offered as part of a barbershop apprenticeship program. In addition, you might also pursue a 17-credit cosmetology and barber program that includes hands-on experience. Keep reading to see if one of the following programs might work for you.


Training Programs in Virginia

Virginia School of Hair Design

  • Program Name: Barbering
  • Program Length: 1,500 hours, full-time
  • Tuition: $9,000 for entire program, tuition and fees (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Transcripts, social security card or driver's license, two reference letters and photo
  • School Type: 2-year, private for-profit; about 130 undergraduate students
  • Address: 101 West Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669
  • Phone: 757-722-0211

The program includes classroom instruction and hands-on practical training. In it, you study salon business, hair pieces, shaving and cutting hair. You also take courses in shampooing, skin care, coloring, chemicals and conditioning.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Norfolk

  • Program Name: Barber
  • Program Length: Nine months full-time days; 12 months part-time days; 14 months part-time evenings
  • Tuition: $18,100 for entire program, tuition and fees (2011-2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, private for-profit; about 120 undergraduate students
  • Address: 7525 Tidewater Dr. Ste 200, Norfolk, VA 23505
  • Phone: 757-583-3300

To graduate from this program, you must complete 1,500 hours of training. In this program, you learn about barbering services such as shaving, trimming beards, styling hair, shampooing and cutting hair.


Certificate Programs in Virginia

Central Virginia Community College

  • Program Name: Career Studies Certificate in Cosmetology Theory
  • Program Length: Approximately the same as two semesters full-time study
  • Tuition: $117 for in-state and $294 for out-of-state students per semester hour (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 5,000 undergraduate students
  • Address: 3506 Wards Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502
  • Phone: 434-832-7633

This certificate program is designed for students wanting to attend courses on a part-time basis. Its purpose is to provide the instruction needed as part of an apprenticeship program. In the program, in addition to two courses, you complete 3,000 hours training in a barbershop. In the cosmetology theory I course, you learn about bacteriology, sanitation, hair and scalp properties, hair cutting and hair styling. In the cosmetology theory 2 course, you learn about massage theory, salon business, skin disorders, physiology, anatomy and chemistry.

Southside Virginia Community College

  • Program Name: Cosmetology and Barbering Career Studies Certificate
  • Program Length: 17 credits, full-time
  • Tuition: $117 for in-state and $294 for out-of-state students per credit hour (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 6,000 undergraduate students
  • Address: 109 Campus Dr., Alberta, VA 23821
  • Phone: 434-736-2059 or 434-949-1018

This certificate program includes courses in business, managing a small business, cosmetology theory, first aid and computers. Topics covered in the cosmetology courses include sterilization, bacteriology, hair cutting, massage, hair coloring, facials, skin disorders and chemistry. You also must complete on-the-job supervised training prior to graduation.


Career and License Information for Barbers in Virginia

You must be licensed to work as a barber in Virginia. To become licensed, you must complete an approved barber training program at a school licensed in the state and pass an exam consisting of written and practical components. Alternatively, you may complete an apprenticeship program.

Salary and Employment Outlook for Barbers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, in May 2011, there were about 10,000 barbers nationwide who earned an average annual salary of about $28,000. The BLS predicted that jobs for shampooers, cosmetologists, hairdressers and barbers would increase 14% nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

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