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Requirements of Becoming a Licensed Barber in Idaho

So you want to be a barber in Idaho, but aren’t sure where to start?

The first place to start is at an accredited barber school. It’s important to research barber colleges and check their programs, accreditation and admission requirements.

You’ll need to complete 900 hours in a barber training program such as one we offer at Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy. The 900 hours of hands-on training will include common barber services such as: haircutting, shaving and beard trimming, shampooing, hair and scalp treatments, facials and sanitation and hygiene.

Those who want to become barber-stylists must complete 1500 hours in a barber training program of an accredited barber school. In addition to the basic barbering services and techniques required for a barber license, barber-stylists must also have training in hair coloring, hair bleaching and rinsing and permanent waving.

Upon graduation and successful completion of barber college, you’ll be able to apply to take the Idaho barber or barber-stylist licensing exam.

Both the Idaho barber and barber-stylist exam include practices and theories, having both written and experiential components. The barber licensing exam takes three-and-a-half hours and the barber-stylist licensing exam takes four-and-a-half hours. Both licensing exams cover set-up, customer protection, hygiene, shaving, haircutting, and cleanup. The barber-stylist exam will also include hair coloring and lightening, chemical relaxing and chemical waving.

The written exam is 90 minutes for both barbers and barber-stylists and will test one’s knowledge in anatomy, physiology, hair and scalp, facial and shaving procedures, healthy and safety procedures, and haircutting and styling. The barber-stylist written exam will also include hair coloring and lightening, color theory, chemical services, client consultations, chemical texture procedures and mustaches and beard coloring.

Both barbers and barber-stylists will need to pass the exam with a score of 75% or higher to get their respective Idaho licenses.

Barber Licensing Exam

Those who have successfully passed their licensing exams will need to apply for their license. You’ll need to submit a passport photo, official barber school transcripts, a copy of your birth certificate or driver’s license, official licensing exam score, high school diploma and a $25 application fee along with your application.

Those who have an active barber’s license from another state can apply for an Idaho reciprocity barber license, given certain conditions are met.

To apply for a reciprocity license, send the application, an $80 application fee, a copy of the certification of licensure from the previous state and the same supplemental documents as a regular Idaho barber license to the Idaho State Board of Barber Examiners.

Once you obtain your license, you’ll need to renew it every year. You’ll get a renewal notice and application six weeks before your license expires.

Make your dream career in barbering a reality by becoming a licensed barber or barber-stylist in Idaho. Get started today at Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy.