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
253-680-7008 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Program Length: Three - Four Quarters

  • National Median Salary$30,150
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings7,200

This information is base on data from June 2021.

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.

Request More Information

I am interested in enrolling...

Prefer not to answer / other

Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

View the Program of Study

CIP: 12.0402 EPC: 820  

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.  

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


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


  • Jeff Olson

    253.680.7248 | Email

  • Andrea Green

    253-680-7248 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.