Barbering I120402 (Full-Time)
Monday-Thursday (5 pm-9:30 pm)
19 Months (1200 Clock Hours)
Monday-Thursday; 5:00 pm-9:30 pm
(This program begins every 19 months.)
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
Basic Skill Levels:
TABE Test Scores: 10th Grade Reading; 9th Grade Math and Language
(In lieu of the TABE test, degreed applicants may submit proof of a U.S. college degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the Application for Admission. Please click here to view a list of approved regional accrediting agencies.)
Students receive the education and experience necessary to take the Florida State Board of Barbers Examination and enter the workforce as a competent, confident barber.
The Barbering program covers training in many aspects of hair and skin care. Specialized hair training includes cutting, mustache/beard trimming and designing, styling, permanent waving, relaxing, coloring, lightening, and reconditioning treatments.
Instruction in men’s skin care will prepare the student to perform facials and to educate clients concerning personal skin care.
Students enrolling in the Barbering 2 program must have: A) graduated from Erwin’s Cosmetology program within 2 years, B) completed a Hillsborough County Public School Cosmetology Program and hold a valid Cosmetology license OR C) an active valid Cosmetology license and recent work experience.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Barbering Books and Supplies for April 2013 Class
Graduates are qualified to take the Florida State Board of Barbering Examination. Students are licensed to work in any salon in Florida upon successfully passing the examination.
Salaries for graduates usually start at 40-50% commission and average from $24,000-30,000 per year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the major attractions to a barbering career?
Helping others look and feel better, building others' self-esteem, lucrative opportunities, business ownership.
What are graduates qualified to do in the field of barbering?
Licensed barbers in the state of Florida can engage in any of the following practices when done for remuneration and for the public: shaving, cutting, trimming, coloring, shampooing, arranging, dressing, curling, or waving the hair or beard; or applying oils, creams, lotions, or other preparations to the face, scalp, or neck, either by hand or by mechanical processes.
Which part of the program is most difficult?
Some students are challenged by learning the many technical terms while most students learn the practical areas with ease.
Will I need to purchase additional equipment and supplies after I graduate?
No, most supplies are included in the kit students purchase during the program. Graduates may want extra items such as brushes, combs, etc. once they are working in the field.
At what point should I start my own business?
First, gain experience as a barber in order to build a good client base. Two important considerations are having good financial credit for loans and a good location for a successful salon. Other considerations include employees, equipment, cost of rent, and utilities.
What is the difference between Barbering and Cosmetology?
Cosmetology focuses more on hairstyling and chemical services, while Barbering focuses more on men's haircutting, facial shaving and beard/mustache design. However, the curriculums are very similar.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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Transferable credit inquires should be directed to the Barbering Program Advisor, at 813.769.5180 ext 239.