Massachusetts Licensing Overview for a Barber
Licensing for a barber in Massachusetts is controlled by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Barbers.
General Guidelines for a Barber in Massachusetts
Specific requirements to perform barber services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.
Who’s allowed to perform these services?
Anyone holding a barber license
General requirements for a barber license?
Apprentice Barber – 1,000 Hours
Master Barber – 1,500 Hours
What’s the state licensing site for a barber?
What are some training programs available for a barber?
How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?
Renews every year
What are fees associated with licensing?
A barber is a professional who specializes in the cutting, styling, and grooming of men and boy’s hair and beards. This profession has a long-standing history filled with tradition and is an important subsection of the beauty industry. Many of the techniques and tools of barbering are as old as the profession itself. This includes the tools, techniques and overall aesthetic of the barbershop itself.
To become a licensed barber in Massachusetts there are several steps that must be taken.
- The completion of a formal barber program or apprenticeship
- Apply for registration with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Barbers
- Undertake state licensing exams
- Ensure your license remains up to date
The completion of a formal barber program or apprenticeship
In the state of Massachusetts, there are two methods in which to gain the necessary qualifications to become a licensed barber: through a formal barbering program or through a barbering apprenticeship. When going the route of a formal barbering program, students are required to undertake a minimum of 1000 hours of registered coursework.
There is currently no option for a barber apprenticeship in the state of Massachusetts.
Undertake state licensing exams
In the state of Massachusetts, there are two licensing exams that must be completed: the theoretical exam and the practical exam. Barber examinations in Massachusetts are conducted by Pearson VUE. There is a $115 fee for these examinations.
The main concepts that will be covered in the theory exam may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Scientific concepts
- Hair services
- Facial hair services
- Skin care and facial services
The main concepts that are covered in the practical examination may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Set up and client protection
- Shaving with a straight razor
- Chemical Waving
- Virgin hair lightening
- Chemical Relaxing
Barbers will be sent an official notice from the Board detailing their results from both examinations. If successful, barbers will be eligible to apply for licensing registration in the state of Massachusetts.
Apply for registration in the state of Massachusetts
Following the completion of formal education, either via an institution or apprenticeship, barbers are required to apply for registration with Massachusetts Board of Registration of Barbers. In order to have this application processed, applicants are required to submit:
- The initial application registration form
- An application fee
- Education transcripts
Ensure your license remains up to date
Licensed barbers are required to update their license every two years by December 31st. There is a fee for this renewal. This can be done easily online through Massachusetts’ State Board website.
There is currently no ongoing education needs for barbers during their licensing period in the state of Massachusetts. However, many barbers may choose to undertake ongoing education to further their career opportunities and stay up to date in current fashions and trends.