Cuts that make the grade

Cuts that make the grade. The Bates barber school offers the most comprehensive, hands-on education in the field. Students prepare to become a licensed barber while learning, working and managing the business end of the college’s on-campus barber shop that serves the public. Students learn clipper techniques, barber theory, basic and advanced techniques, styling, razor shaving, and more. In just four quarters, successful graduates will earn a certificate of competency and be prepared to test for the state license.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7002 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Day Program) Mon-Fri, 3-9:30 p.m. (Evening Program)

Program Length: Four Quarters

Note: The minimum age for licensure as a barber in the State of Washington is 17 years of age.

  • National Median Salary$38,250
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings6,200

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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BARBER - Certificate of Competency: 75 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
BARB110 BARB110 - Barbering Theory
This course provides an orientation to the basic science of barber-styling. Concepts of personal and professional aesthetics and future roles within the aesthetics industry are also included.
BARB111 BARB111 - Scalp and Hair Analysis
Students are introduced to the techniques used to analyze hair as to texture, density, and growth and their application to the barbering process.
BARB112 BARB112 - Shampooing
This course is an introduction to the basic methods of shampooing, rinsing and conditioning of the hair.
BARB113 BARB113 - Decontamination and Infection Control
This course is an introduction to the proper sanitation procedures relating to tools and equipment, station, and the shop. Additionally, students are trained in safety procedures for barber shops including special emphasis on the materials, equipment and procedures used for the protection of staff and customers from infectious disease organisms.
BARB114 BARB114 - Introduction to Barbering
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of barber-styling including the use and care of a variety of barbering implements.
BARB115 BARB115 - Safety/First Aid
Students use proper safety measures concerning the use of electrical equipment, chemicals, and blood-related injuries. Students will also demonstrate shop safety procedures. Students will earn a CPR-First Aid car.
BARB116 BARB116 - Basic Haircutting Techniques
This course provides theory and practical experience in basic shear and clipper haircutting.
BARB117 BARB117 - Customer Service
Students identify customers' needs and solve problems. Special emphasis is given to the development of interpersonal communication skills and examining how employees' actions can directly impact customers' impressions.
BARB118 BARB118 - Applied Communications
Students use effective communication skills and apply them in a practical setting.
BARB120 BARB120 - Math for Barbers
Instructional emphasis is on acquiring mathematical and problem-solving skills that apply to the barbering industry.
BARB121 BARB121 - Facial Hair
This course is an introduction to the methods used to prepare a client for shaving, including proper razor handling and stroking. The fourteen facial areas are also included.
BARB122 BARB122 - Barbering Applications
This course provides practical application of barber-styling fundamentals with emphasis on the care of implement, shampooing, and basic haircutting methods.
BARB123 BARB123 - Intermediate Haircutting Techniques
Students practice various types of hair styles and procedures to perform them
BARB124 BARB124 - Haircutting Applications
Students apply the techniques previously learned in BARB 110, 111, 113
BARB125 BARB125 - Applied Human Relations
Students apply human relation skills as interpersonal communications, conflict management on the job and team-building skills
BARB131 BARB131 - Advanced Techniques
In this course students are introduced to razor cutting techniques
BARB132 BARB132 - Advanced Applications
This course provides advanced techniques in all phases of hair cutting to ready the student for employment. Students are prepared for State Board licensing examination on theory and practical procedures.
BARB133 BARB133 - Cutting and Styling Methods
This course provides advanced techniques in all phases of hair cutting to ready the student for employment. Students are prepared for State Board licensing examination on theory and practical procedures.
BARB134 BARB134 - Cutting and Styling Applications
In this course the practical applications of cutting and styling are emphasized.
BARB135 BARB135 - Hair Styling
This course introduces the student to the art of hair style and design with emphasis on the selection of styles to complement facial features.
BARB140 BARB140 - Hair Replacement
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of hair replacement systems and techniques.

Bates Technical College has the only college barber program in the State of Washington in which students prepare to become licensed barbers while learning in a stand-alone program and working in an on-campus shop that serves the public. Students are evaluated on the performance of each competency of the curriculum to ensure readiness to meet state licensure requirements and enter the profession. Prior to program completion, each student must take and pass a comprehensive written and practical examination that includes theoretical concepts. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Apply safety, sanitation, and law policy and procedures according to Washington State RCWs.
  2. Use and maintain a variety of barbering tools.
  3. Store and use chemicals in a safe manner.
  4. Perform a variety of barbering techniques on mannequins and clients:
  • shampoo/scalp treatments
  • shaves/facial
  • haircutting and styling
  • beard trimming and designing

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Follow the link for gainful employment info concerning this program: Gainful Employment

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Jeff Olson (Day Program)

    253.680.7248 | Email

  • Andrea Green (Evening Program)

    253.680.7248 | Email