A man shaves a client's beard, alongside the white barbering program logo on a red background

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 that the newfound momentum in the men’s grooming industry is not slowing down anytime soon. 

Certificate of Achievement

Completion of Skyline College's Barbering Certificate of Achievement 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.

1,000-Hour Program Required Courses and Units

Semester One

BARB 701, 4 Units:
Barbering Fundamental Concepts

BARB 702, 6 Units:
Barbering Shaving and Hair Design

BARB 703, 6 Units:
Barbering Chemical Concepts

Semester Two

BARB 704, 3 Units:
Barbering Advanced Concepts

BARB 705, 9 Units:
Business and Barbershop Experience

BARB 725, 3 Units:
State Board Written Exam Prep

Elective classes are optional and are offered every summer. Classes offered may vary.

The Barbering Program starts:

  • Every August during the Fall semester for a daytime program.
  • Every January during the Spring semester for an evening program.

Applications are accepted year round. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Days Monday - Thursday
Approximate Times 9:00am - 3:30pm OR 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Duration 2 semesters for a minimum for 1000-hours
Approximate Program Cost* $3,500 

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 about the program, please contact the Outreach Information Line at (650) 738-4168.