How long until I can call myself a Barber?
Our Barbering Program is, per the state of MO, 1000 hours as stated above. Our program has an additional 40 hours of State Board Prep, making the entire program 1040 hours. This can be completed in as little 7 months and could take as long as 18 months depending on your full or part-time status. Our traditional Full-time schedule is Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm. Our traditional Part-time program is Tuesday – Saturday 9am-3pm. BUT, do you have a work/life schedule that could make these difficult to attend? PLEASE contact us! We have schedule customization options we are able to explore for the RIGHT student candidates.
Look, I'v known PLENTY of people who cut hair without a license. Why do I need St. Charles Barber College's help to be a Barber?
Good question. Short answer? It’s illegal. Long answer? Have you ever heard of tinea barbae? What about tinea capitis, Hepatitis or impetigo? These are all infections that could EASILY be spread by an uneducated barber. If you went to an untrained doctor and contracted a life-altering bloodborn illness, wouldn’t you freak? Dang right!! And clients of unlicensed barbers would have the same feelings AND rights; this could lead to expensive lawsuits, fines and/or jail time and the loss of opportunity to ever become licensed. We PRIDE ourselves on our licensure. We PRIDE ourselves on knowing what tools, implements and styles are appropriate for varied hair textures, face/head shapes, and individuals. We KNOW what the ‘blue stuff’ on a barber’s counter REALLY does. We PRIDE ourselves on ‘paying our dues’ and knowing we are safe-operating, sanitary, highly educated, well-practiced, and skillful LICENSED barbers. Believe us, you WANT that piece of paper!!
Do I get a kit?
OF COURSE! Our students aren’t just students… they are BARBERS! To be the part, you have to look the part and to look the part you have to sport the right tools. You will receive MULTIPLE top quality clippers (yes you read that right!! One motor-driven clipper and detachable blades, one magnet-driven clipper and guards, a t-edging trimmer and a balding foil shaver); additional cutting tools such as your haircutting shears, texture shears, and straight razor with disposable blades; combs, bottles, cleaning supplies, mirror, a sweet SCBC t-shirt and a streamlined, professional case to not only add to the looking-the-part thing, but to carry all of this in, and more!
I really want to do this, BUT... I'm terrible at tests and I hate being in school. Help?
I know, I know. For some people, this is a big change. We have students from various educational backgrounds and histories and are well prepared to help each and every type. From those whom are fresh out of high school and hated every minute of it, to those former good students yet years have passed since taking a test… we promise, we can help. We work with each student from start to finish in giving the best experience possible. Not a good note taker? We’ve got our ways. Clam up in front of groups in stressful situations? We’ve got you there, too. SCBC tries each day to keep you on your toes, help push you to push yourself, and to have an educational environment unlike any you have been in before.