Barber Schools in Idaho

barber schools IdahoHow to become a licensed barber in Idaho

Idaho can be found topping the lists of states with most barber available per capita.

Idaho’s expected to have a general job growth rate of just under 20% over the next few years.

In contrast, the average growth rate of services jobs across the rest of the U.S. is around 10%, meaning that not only will there be plenty of work for you as a barber, but many well-employed people to become your customers.

If you’re all set and geared up to become a barber in Idaho, you’ll have to perform a series of actions first.

Registering for the examination and studying barbering are the very first of those steps.

Step 1. Do at least 900-Hours of Barber Training

There are two categories of barbers/hairdressers in the Idaho region, with one being barbers and the other, barber-stylists:

  • To become a basic barber, you’ll require 900 hours of barber training certification.
  • Whereas if you want to become a barber-stylist, the educational training needs to be of 1800 hours.

During your training, you must learn the following barbering traits:

  • Cutting hair
  • Straightening and curling
  • Conditioning
  • Beard styling
  • Facials treatments
  • Scalp issues
  • Curling Irons
  • Sterilization of equipment

These are the additional topics of interest that you are required to study if you pursue becoming a barber-stylist:

  • Permanent hair waving.
  • Hair dying
  • Improving hair texture

Every candidate is automatically eligible to appear in the exams after completing his barber educational training.

Step 2. Clear Idaho’s Practical and Theory Barber Licensing Exams

The barber’s board of Idaho subcontracts all its examinations to the DL Roope Administrations and allows them to work on behalf of the board to pick the best candidates.

You can easily schedule an exam for basic barber’s license after completing 900 training hours. Just follow these steps:

In case you have studied to become a barber-stylist i-e completed 1800 hours of training. Do these:

Practical Examinations

Barber – a simple barber’s physical test is taken in a span of 120 minutes and the following abilities are checked:

  • Initial treatment and set up
  • Straight razor shaves
  • Cutting and trimming hair
  • Cleaning up at the end

Barber Styling – the practical test for a barber stylist takes place for 180 minutes and covers these areas:

  • Initial treatment and set up
  • Straight razor shaves
  • Cutting and trimming hair
  • Chemical hair reshaping
  • Hair dying and streaking
  • Chemical treatments

Theory/Jurisprudence Examinations

Barber – These are the theoretical topics for a basic barber’s 90 minute written examination:

  • Germ control
  • Precautionary measures
  • Human physiology
  • Hair texture and scalp issues
  • Facials
  • Shaving and beard trimming
  • Hairdressing and trimming

Barber Styling – you have 90 minutes to complete this examination based on these aspects

  • Germ control
  • Precautionary measures
  • Human physiology
  • Hair texture and scalp issues
  • Facials
  • Beard styling
  • Hair styling
  • Chemical treatments
  • Performing Client Consultation
  • Chemical hair easing
  • Dying and shading hair

Each candidate has to achieve a score of 75% or higher to be able to succeed in this exam.

Step 3. Submit an Application for an Idaho Barbering License

The basic requirements for putting in an application form to become a barber in Idaho need you to be more than 16 years of age. You should have cleared at least 10th standard of schooling alongside barber graduation from a registered school. Follow these actions if you have all that:

  • Firstly fill and submit an Application for Licensure
  • Attach multiple passport size photos
  • A copy of identity and age proof must be attached
  • Attach official school certifications
  • Schooling proof
  • Licensure examination score sheet
  • Proof of $25 fee submission


The state of Idaho offers reciprocity for people that have the skill of barbering and want to come and practice their profession here.

If you’re a barber and hold a license in another U.S state, you can transfer that license to Idaho if your current state is on Idaho’s reciprocity list.

The only conditions for this are that you must have completed licensure from a state with similar examination criteria. Moreover, you can be eligible if you have a three-year or higher barbering experience from your previous state.

The following documents shall also be required:

  • A certification document of reciprocity from your previous state
  • A proof of $80 processing fee submission

All the required documents need to be sent by mail to the following address:

Idaho State Board of Barber Examiners
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

Step 4. Start your Barbering Career in Idaho and Renew your License Yearly

You’ll have plenty of opportunities throughout the state once you become registered with the Board. You can consider working for many well known, highly-regarded shops across the state

On many occasions, experienced barbers that have trust in their skill decide to open their own barber shops and work on their own. Having your own business can be the best thing if you can run it properly.

You’ll need to complete the following set of requirements in case you want to open a barbershop associated with yourself:

Both the Idaho barber or barber-stylist licenses need to be renewed every year before the final date of the year. The Board sends you a renewal notification more than a month before the date arrives. You can easily renew your license online.


Barber License Program
Service Type
Barber License Program
Provider Name
Boise Barber College,
Boise, ID
Boise Barber College offers barber, barber-stylist and instructor programs. With instructors who are passionate about their craft. Administrators who will go above and beyond for their students. A clean, professional up to date barber shop environment, we boast a strong pass rate for state board testing and a business curriculum that will start your career off right.