Pearl River Community College


Program at a Glance

The Barbering/Stylist Program is a 12-month program of study designed to prepare an individual to become a licensed barber.

  • Students learn skills and techniques of cutting, styling, shaving, coloring and lightening of the hair.
  • Special attention is given to hygiene, safety, pathology of the skin, scalp and hair disorders, and equipment sterilization.
  • Curriculum includes the study of sales, business management, law, and customer relationships.
  • Curriculum is designed to comply with the standards of the Mississippi State Board of Barber Examiners and consists of a minimum of 1500 contact hours of instruction and study.
  • Students who successfully complete program requirements will earn a Technical Certificate.
  • Graduates will be qualified to take the State Barber Board Certification Examination to become a licensed barber in the state of Mississippi.

Enrollment is open in the fall semester only. A new class is admitted each August with graduation taking place the following July. Selection for admission into the Barbering/Stylist Program is based on the date of application, TABE score, and slot availability.

What can I expect from a career in Barbering?

According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, when compared to other jobs in the United States, the Barber/Stylist occupation is projected to grow less than the national average of 18% nationwide by 2020, but much faster than average in Mississippi, 23% by that same year (EMSI, 2011).

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