Barbering Curriculum

Are you curious about what to expect from a barber school curriculum?

When you go to a school for barbering, you’ll prepare for your state’s licensing exam by learning the essential skills necessary for cutting hair and men’s grooming.

The Barber School program at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture goes beyond the basics.

When you attend Tricoci University’s Barber School, you’ll complete 1,500 hours of training that includes lessons on professional hair cutting, facial hair grooming, skin care, style trends and business management. By combining high-quality skills training with an understanding of grooming theory, you’ll establish a strong foundation for a successful career.

You can complete Barber School in just 12 months if attending full-time. Part-time students can finish in just 20 months. The high-quality barbering training is available at five Tricoci University campuses throughout Illinois and Indiana including Chicago Northwest, Bridgeview, Highland, Rockford and Indianapolis.

For students who are already Cosmetology graduates, you may have the option to choose a “fast-track” barber curriculum that can be completed in as little as three months. Through this program, students can still qualify to take their Barber license exams.

The barbering curriculum at Tricoci University includes classroom theory, hands-on instruction, and skills practice. Students even get to experience working with clients in the on-campus, student-run clinic salon. Let’s break down the topics that are included in the barbering curriculum.

Barbering Basics

Barber students receive instruction on theory and barbering practices. Topics include the following barbering basics:

  • Barber history
  • Types of hair
  • Tools and their uses
  • Infection control
  • Physiology
  • Bacteriology

Hair Care

Hair care is an essential part of barber training. Many students go on to build a career focusing only on hair care services including haircuts and styling. Lessons on barber hair care combine hands-on instruction with classroom theories. Students learn a broad range of techniques and barber services. Training includes:

  • Haircuts
  • Hairstyling
  • Shampoo
  • Scalp treatments
  • Disorders of the hair and scalp
  • Permanent waves and chemical texturizing
  • Hair coloring

Facial Hair and Skin Care

As beard and mustache trends continue to evolve, barbers have become an essential resource for helping men shape, style, and groom facial hair. Plus, men’s skincare lessons help barbers learn how to get a better shave, improve skin tone, and reduce signs of aging. Lessons are taught through a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. Topics include:

  • Shaving and shaping (mustache and beard)
  • Facial hair design
  • Stropping a straight razor
  • Chair side
  • Scalp massage
  • Skin diseases and conditions
  • Electricity and light therapy
  • Men’s manicures and nail care

Barbershop Management

To prepare students for the professional workforce, the barber curriculum includes business skills that include how to provide excellent customer service to clients, encourage repeat customers, comply with regulations and more. Topics of study include:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Business
  • Professional ethics
  • Equipment care
  • Infection control and safe work practices
  • State and local laws

Do you want to learn more about attending Barber School at Tricoci University? Check out our Guide to Barber College, and how our various schedules for

can help you fit your training into your daily routine.

Classes Start Oct 25th