Wyoming Licensing Overview for a Barber

Licensing for a barber in Wyoming is controlled by the Wyoming Board of Cosmetology.

General Guidelines for a Barber in Wyoming

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?

– You must be a graduate of a state-recognized school and have taken and passed an associated board exam.

– You must have at least 1,000 hours of work experience or 1 year of directly associated work experience.

What’s the state licensing site for a barber?

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology

What are some training programs available for a barber?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

First renewal occurs after one year of acquisition; then renews every 2 years in the licensee’s birthday month.

What are fees associated with licensing?


Barber 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. Barbers are experts in their field. A barber’s job is primarily in customer satisfaction, which revolves around the customer service, friendliness, and communication of the barber.

To become a licensed barber in the state of Wyoming there are several steps that must be taken.

  1. The completion of a formal barber program or apprenticeship
  2. Apply for registration with the Wyoming Board of Barber Examiners
  3. Undertake state licensing exams
  4. Ensure your license remains up to date


The completion of a formal barber program or apprenticeship

In Wyoming there is only one method in which to gain the necessary qualifications to become a licensed barber: a formal barbering program. Students have the option of completing either a minimum of 1000 hours of registered coursework at a barber college to become a regular barber, or 1250 hours of registered coursework to become a barber stylist. This will be sufficient to practice as a barber following examinations.

The state of Wyoming does not currently allow apprenticeships as a career path to become a barber.


Apply for registration in the state of Wyoming

Following the completion of formal education via an institution, barbers are required to apply for registration with the Wyoming Board of Barber Examiners. Once this application has been processed, barbers are then able to apply for the licensing examinations. In order to have this application processed, applicants are required to submit:

  • The completed application, notarized
  • Be 16 years of age or older and have completed the 8th grade
  • A barber diploma
  • A copy of a driver’s license or birth certificate
  • A copy of social security card
  • A $60 licensing fee
  • A $125 examination fee


Undertake state licensing exams

In Wyoming there are two licensing exams that must be completed: the theoretical exam and the practical exam. Barber examinations in Wyoming are written and conducted by the State Board.

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
  • Haircutting
  • 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 and licensed to practice within the state of Wyoming.


Ensure your license remains up to date

Licensed barbers are required to renew their license each year in June. This can be done easily online through the Wyoming State Board’s online license renewal portal. There is a $96 renewal fee for this license.

There is currently no ongoing education needs for barbers during their licensing period in Wyoming. However, many barbers may choose to undertake ongoing education to further their career opportunities and stay up to date in current fashions and trends.