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Becoming a Barber

To become a barber in Minnesota, you will need to attend a Board-approved barber school. 

Minnesota Statute 154.07 Subdivision 1 defines the requirements and course of study: "...No barber school shall be approved by the Board unless it requires, as a prerequisite to admission, ten grades of an approved school or its equivalent, as determined by an examination conducted by the Commissioner of Education, which shall issue a certificate that the student has passed the required examination, and unless it requires, as a prerequisite to graduation, a course of instruction of at least 1,500 hours, of not more than ten hours in any one working day. The course of instruction must include the following subjects: scientific fundamentals for barbering; hygiene; practical study of the hair, skin, muscles, and nerves; structure of the head, face, and neck; elementary chemistry relating to sterilization and antiseptics; diseases of the skin, hair, and glands; massaging and manipulating the muscles of the face and neck; hair cutting; shaving; trimming the beard; bleaching, tinting and dyeing the hair; and the chemical straightening of hair."

If you are a cosmetologist interested in becoming a barber: In Minnesota, there is no credit given between cosmetology and barber training; therefore, a cosmetologist must complete 1500 hours of barber school to become a barber, and a barber must complete 1550 hours of cosmetology school to become a cosmetologist.

There are five public barber schools available in Minnesota; four schools are located in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and one in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Minnesota School of Barbering

3615 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406 
For Information 612-722-1996  
www.theminnesotaschoolofbarbering.org/

Moler Barber School

6558 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432
For Information 763-710-9093
www.molerbarberschool.com

Moler Barber School of St. Paul

990 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130
For Information 651-200-4691 or molerbarberschoolst@gmail.com 

Moler Barber School of Minnesota

200 Waite Avenue S, Suites 218 & 220, St Cloud, MN 56301
For Information 320-227-2177 
www.molerbarberschoolofstcloud.com

Townsend Barber Institute

694 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113
For Information 651-330-9098
www.townsendbarberinstitute.com

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