Barbering involves not only executing a precise haircut, but also performing any number of techniques to the face, scalp, beard and mustache. Barbers trim, cut, shape and taper hair using scissors, razors, clippers and combs. They also often provide facial hair maintenance, custom shaves and a number of grooming services, such as coloring hair, applying hair tonics and permanent waving. They massage the face and scalp and treat hair with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations either by hand or mechanical appliance.

Want to become a barber?

You must attend an online information session to learn about registration fees, admission requirements, books, kits, uniforms and program schedule.

All information sessions are scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m.

  • Monday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 2
  • Monday, May 15
  • Tuesday, May 16
  • Monday, June 5
  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Monday, June 19
  • Tuesday, June 20
  • Monday, July 10
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Monday, July 24
  • Tuesday, July 25
  • Monday, August 7
  • Tuesday, August 8
  • Monday, August 14
  • Tuesday, August 15

Email William Graham at [email protected] to reserve your spot for an online information session. Include your preferred date, time and the best email address where you can be reached. A link will be emailed to you before the information session begins.

Check the website on the day you are planning to attend, as times and dates are subject to change.

Training leading to certification

Learn the art of barbering and prepare for the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners certification exam and apprentice license. 

  • One-year program (1,728 hours). Day and evening classes are offered. 
  • Classes are held at Wake Tech's Public Safety Education Campus.
  • After a minimum of one year of on-the-job training, the student is eligible to take the Registered Barber License examination.

Industry Recognized Credential

Financial assistance available

Don't have enough money to pay for a course? Right now, Wake Tech's Propel program offers scholarships that cover the cost of registration, fees, books, course-specific supplies and credentialing exams.

NOTE: Scholarship applications are currently closed and will reopen July 1.

Students can use GI Bill® Education Benefits to pay for the program. Learn more by contacting William Graham at 919-866-5727 or [email protected].

Success story

Nathaniel Wall
School of Barbering
Class of 2017

Course details and registration information