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How Long is Barber School in Idaho

Similar to beauticians and hair stylists, barbers need to obtain a state license to practice barbering. The licensing test will cover what you’ll learn in barbering school.

To be a barber or a barber stylist, one must complete a certain amount of hours. The number of required hours will vary from state to state. In Idaho, for example, one must complete 900 hours of instruction in the form of lectures and hands-on experience. To become a barber stylist, one must complete 1500 hours.

How long it takes a student to complete these hours will depend on the barber college’s course schedule. Many offer full-time or part-time scheduling options for students and have multiple class start times throughout the year. Depending on whether you want to be a barber or a barber stylist and whether you’re able to go to school full or part-time, it can take just over six months to a little over a year and a half to complete all the hours you need to set for the barbering licensing exam.

Barber vs. Barber Stylist

You may be wondering why more hours are required for a barber stylist than for a barber. The main difference between the two is that a barber stylist can perform more hair treatments than a barber. Barber stylists, for example can color and use chemical treatments in hair while a barber cannot.

Barber Stylist

At Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy, students in our barbering styling program will take a variety of courses including the history of barbering, state barbering laws and regulations, razor cutting and shaving and business and client development. These same courses make up part of the barbering program as well.

In addition to the abovementioned courses, students in this program will take the following courses specifically tailored for barber stylists:

  • Hair coloring
  • Foil and highlighting
  • Perming
  • Front-end salon management
  • Sanitation and sterilization
  • Safety practices


Students enrolled in the barbering program at Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy will take courses on basic barbering techniques and the basics of starting one’s own barber shop. The courses students will attend include:

  • The history of barbering
  • Anatomy
  • State laws and regulation
  • Straight edge shaving
  • Clipper-art

Both programs will prepare students to take and sit for their respective Idaho barber licensing examination.

Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy wants every student to succeed. In addition to preparing students to successfully pass their licensing examinations, we assist students in career counseling.

Imagine that this time next year, you could be living out your dream as a barber or barber stylist.

For more information about our nationally accredited barber college or to find out when the next set of courses begin, contact us at Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy today.