How to get a Barber License in Connecticut
In 2013, there was a report by the Department of Labor in Connecticut that 1,693 barber’s licenses in Connecticut were active.
It is expected that the Department will issue hundreds of barber licenses yearly in order to keep up with the increasing demand for barbers in the state.
There are some steps that you must take before you can join the barbering profession in Connecticut.
The Department of Public Health in Connecticut has an examining board for barbers, cosmeticians and hairdressers.
The board regulates barbering through an all-encompassing process of licensing. According to the board, barbering includes all the practices listed below for the purpose of cosmetics on the neck, face and head.
- Cutting of the hair
- Trimming or shaving of the beard
- Application of lotions, oils, powders, clays and similar cosmetic products to the scalp, face or neck
- Cutting or styling of wigs and hairpieces
- Application of lotions, oils, creams and other preparations
- Giving of scalp and facial massages
- Application of hair tonic and dying of the hair
First Step: Successful Completion of a Barber Program
The initial step that must be taken to obtain a barber’s license in Connecticut is to complete a barber program with over 1500 study. The barber program must be recognized by the Connecticut State Board of Education or approved by the State Board of Hairdressers and Barbers.
A list of accepted barber schools is maintained by the board.
All approved barber school programs must have:
- A minimum of 150 hours dedicated to training in theoretical aspects of every area in the content.
- The hours remaining must be dedicated to monitored practice that must be blended with the ongoing practical and theoretical instruction.
The theoretical content aspects must include:
- Hair shaving, styling and cutting
- Hygiene and sanitation
- Professional and business relations
- Manicuring and facials/skincare.
- Physiology and Anatomy
- Chemical procedures
- Treatment and hair care
The curriculum must contain:
- Haircare and scalp
- Management of salon
- Chemical hair relaxing
- Safety measures
- Good grooming and hygiene
- Rinses and shampoos
- Chemical procedures
- Client protection/safety measures
- Infection control and universal precautions
- Disorders and properties of the skin
- Business and professional relations
- Hair Lightening and Coloring
- Procedures for sanitation
- Chemical waving
- Treatment and haircare
- Properties and disorders of the scalp and hair
- Styling and care of wigs
- State rules and regulations/laws
- Haircare and scalp
- Safety measures-shaving
Second Step: Submission of Exam Registration Form with Prometric
After the completion of a barbering program, the next step is the submission of an examination registration number with Prometric before taking the compulsory exams for to get a barber license in Connecticut.
Prometric is contracted by the Department of Health to handle its exam. The registration form for the exam must be submitted or you can fill it online at the Connecticut cosmetology section of Prometric’s website.
Once your registration has been processed by Prometric, you will get a letter of admission. The letter will contain your date, location and time of exam. Your letter of admission must be presented when you get to the venue to take your examination.
The exam comes in two parts. They are a practical section and a theory (written) aspect. Both of the examinations are registered in the Greater Hartford area.
The barber exam is a closed book examination comprising 80 multiple-choice questions. The duration of the exam is two hours.
You’ll receive a score report within ten days of you completing the barber examination. Before you can pass the exam, you must have a score of minimum of 70%. Once the examination is passed, you must get in contact with the Department to start the third step of obtaining your license.
Third Step: Application for Your Connecticut Barber’s License
The last step for getting a barber license is the application for the license. A barber license application must be signed, notarized and completed. The application must then be sent to the Department of Public Health with an application fee of $100. The fee must be made payable to the Treasurer, State of Connecticut).
When the application has been received by the Department with all the required documentations, you will then get your barber license.
Fourth Step: Finding a Barbering Job and Ensuring your Barber License Remains Current
Every barber license in Connecticut must be renewed every two years and a renewal fee of $100 must be paid to keep your barber license valid. There is no continuing education requirement for barber licenses in Connecticut though a lot of barbers still engage in study through seminars, coursework and some networking opportunities.
A lot of barbers also decide to finish study in courses like marketing and management should they aspire to establish their shop.
You can find contracted chair rental and employment opportunities in many cities across Connecticut, however Hartford is where the bulk of opportunity is found for new barbers looking to gain experience and build their reputations.