Industry & Career Outlook
The future looks especially bright for those in the barbering industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for barbers will increase by 19% between 2020 and 2030. This steady growth will shed light on how exciting and innovating the barbering industry is, while also offering men an industry that is focused on each of their grooming needs—hair, skin and beyond. Now, more than ever before, the modern man realizes his appearance is part of his journey to confidence and success. Though barbering was once dominated by men, many women feel empowered to become leading figures within today’s barbering industry. As more female barbers enter the industry, their fresh perspectives create a new movement and inspires barbers from all walks of life. It’s easy to see the men’s grooming industry has a new-found momentum and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.
Certificate of Achievement
This program prepares students for licensing as a Barber. The Barbering program requires 1,000 hours of comprehensive training in all facets of the barbering industry. Courses focus on theoretical foundation, practical manipulative skills, business knowledge, career development in the field, and the professional and ethical training needed for licensing through the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Prepared with excellent entry-level and some advanced skills, students are able to work in many facets of the barbering industry. Skyline College’s Barbering program is approved by: California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. The Barbering program at Skyline College is a full-time, evening program designed to be completed in two semesters. New classes start in August.
Admission Procedures and Requirements
The Barbering Certificate of Achievement does not require any prerequisites or placement exam results.
However, to be considered for admission all prospective students must:
- complete the Skyline College steps to enrollment
- and submit a special program application
Successful completion of steps to enrollment and submission of a special program application packet does not guarantee enrollment. All courses within the Barbering program are "cohort restricted." This means courses are reserved specifically for students pursuing a barbering certificate.
The Barbering program at Skyline College is highly sought after and students are encouraged to complete the Skyline College steps to enrollment and FAFSA, Dream Act and other financial aid applications in a timely manner. Students who initially enrolled in a 1,600-hour program at Skyline College or at another institute, and have not yet completed their program requirements, may transfer their hours into the 1,000-hour program at Skyline College. However, students will be required to meet with Program Service Coordinator prior to enrollment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cosmetology Program Assistant.
1,000-Hour Program Required Courses and Units
BARB 701, 6 Units:
Barbering Fundamental Concepts
BARB 702, 6 Units:
Barbering Techniques and Hair Design Concepts
BARB 703, 3 Units:
Barbering Chemical Concepts
BARB 704, 6 Units:
Barbering Intermediate Concepts
BARB 705, 9 Units:
Barbering Business and Salon Experience
BARB 725, 3 Units:
State Board Written Exam Prep