How to get a Barber License in Maine
Barbers are responsible for giving the best men’s grooming experience – the day of the crewcut-only barber are long gone.
This is the one job where you get a chance to step back to a more traditional trade and and bring your own personality and style to it (as many barbers are already doing on Instagram).
Service jobs are on the rise in Maine and according to reports from the labor department, this is a great time to be working in the service sector.
According to the state’s personal care statistics, there’ll be a sharp 11% rise in service industry jobs in the coming six years. This accounts to almost 300 barber jobs each year in the whole state.
Before you start on your path to becoming Maine’s next great master barber, you’ll have to obtain a license and get yourself registered as a legal barber with the Maine Board. The Board controls all activities related to barbers in the state from law making to licensing and barber rights.
The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology from Maine has set a clear difference between barbers and limited barbers. Limited barbers have slightly restrictive access and they can only perform hair trimming and styling tasks. They can work with hair but aren’t allowed to perform any chemical treatments. A barber however, is allowed to perform more services.
Follow this sequence of steps to work your way to becoming a licensed barber in Maine:
Step 1. 1500-Hour Barber Training Program
The first thing you need to do if you want to take up barbering as your profession is to get admission in a licensed barber school and start studying for a 1500 hour training program. The training includes both written and physical practice:
- Sanitation / Equipment cleanliness
- Human joints and bones / Muscles / Nerves
- Hair texture
- Skin texture
- Business/ Shop Management
- Maine Barbering and Cosmetology Laws
- Shampoo and conditioning
- Working with artificial hair
- Hair dying
- Hair trimming
- Modern Shaves
- Styling Beards and Maintaining Mustaches
- Straightening & Permanent hair waving
Note: A limited barber studies all these aspects except the ones related to chemical washing hair.
Step 2. Pass both Theoretical and Practical Licensing Examinations
After graduating from training school, every candidate has to take an exam for the attainment of their barber’s license. These examinations are carried out by the D.L. Roope Administrations. Applying online is also an option. After your application is received, you’ll be immediately scheduled for the upcoming examinations.
National Limited Barber Written Exam
This is a multiple-choice questions based examination which comes along with a time limit of 90 minutes. Following areas of study are included there:
- Germ Control
- Scalp Study / Skull Structure
- Shaving Methods
- Scalp Diseases / Hair and Scalp texture
- Electric Equipment Handling
- Facial Services
- Artificial Hair
National Barber-Stylist Written Exam
The written or theory based exam also has a time of 90 minutes allowed. You just have to choose the correct answers from options regarding these topics.
- Treating with chemicals
- Texture improvement methods
- Hair dying
- Hair Lightening
State Limited Barber Practical Exam
This is also a type of exam designed for upcoming barbers to give them a license. The whole exam takes three hours in this case. Each candidate is graded about the exam afterwards. The grading will be based upon physical examination of the candidate.
- Safety measures
- Shaving with a Straight Razor
- Hair trimming
- Candidate Summary and Final Cleanup
State Barber-Stylist Practical Exam
This is also a practical examination of your skills. The test is about a barber’s physical skills and has a time limit of three hour. The equipment and mannequin had have to be brought by the aspirant himself.
- Hair removal (Chemically)
- Hair dying
- Chemical Relaxing
Step 3. Submit an Application for a Barbering License in Maine
After passing your examination, you are automatically eligible to apply for a license. For that, you need to fill an application form which is provided by the board. Application form is same for both limited and full barbers.
- Fill and send Maine Application for License by Examination
- National Identity
- One copy of High Schooling Certificate
- Proof of training hours as a barber
- Send Official DL Roope Examination Results
- License fee of $20
- Pay $21.00 Criminal Background Check Fee
Requirements for Licensure By Endorsement
The state of Maine also has an option which allows barber license holders from other state to come and practice their art here. However, you need to submit the following documents for the procedure:
- Fill and send Application by Endorsement
- Experience certificate from the old job.
- A real copy of certification from the last state that licensed you as a barber, including the following information:
- Proof of barber education
- Proof of passing barber licensing exams
- Current license and status of that license
All these documents along with the application need to be sent to the following address.
State of Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
The license is issued immediately when the association finds you eligible for it.
Step 4. Start Your Career as a Licensed Barber in Maine
If you want to open your own barbershop, where you get to be your own boss, consider applying for a Maine establishment license. To do this, you will need to complete the following steps:
To start working on your own and opening a barbershop, the barber has to apply for an establishment license first. These are the required documents for that license:
- Fill and submit Maine Establishment Application
- Show Directions to the Establishment
- Explain the floor planning
- Attain a Plumbing Permit
- Complete a Water Test
- Pay $20.00 License Fee
An establishment license is sent to you immediately after the board reviews your documents and you are found eligible.
Step 5. Keep your Maine Barber License renewed every year
Barber licenses in Maine expire on the 31st October each year. A reminder to renew your card is always sent two months before the date.
Working without a renewed license could be very risky and may even get you charged for it. You can easily renew by going to the online renewal application option. If done before time, you have to pay only $20 which increases to $50 for delayed payments.