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.

Contact Information:

Brandon Held, Career Advisor

Downtown Campus

7:30AM – 4:00PM

  • Get the skills you need for the career you want.

More about the program:

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.

Degrees & Certificates:

  • Associate of Applied Science: Barber
  • Certificate of Competency: Barber
  • CIP: 12.0402

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 4-5 quarters
  • Certificate of Competency: 3-4 quarters

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Sheron Rogers


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.

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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.

  • National Median Salary: $30,150
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 7,200

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

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