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The first step to becoming a barber in Florida is to complete 1,200 hours of training at a barbering school recognized by the state. Then you must apply to take the licensing exam, which includes a written test, a test of your barber skills, and possibly an oral exam. Once you have passed that exam, you can set up your barber pole in the Sunshine State.
Apply to a formal training program at a state-recognized barber school. The list of schools recognized by the Florida State Licensing Board includes the Florida Academy of Health and Beauty, The Hair Design School and Borner's Barber College. Check the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences to make sure the program you choose meets the state’s licensing requirements.
Complete the barbering training program, which takes about nine months. Be prepared to present proof of all your course work and practical training when you apply for the licensing examination.
Apply to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to take the licensing examination,and send an application fee, which was $288 in 2010. An official of the barbering school you attended must sign your application, confirming that you completed the training program. In addition, you must have a high school diploma and be at least 16 years old to take the test.
Take the state barber licensing exam. Complete both the written test and the practical, hands-on barbering test to show your skills. You also might have to take an oral test, answering questions from the tester on the spot.
Receive an official score report right after you finish your examination. When you pass the exam, you will get your barber's license.
When you come to take your barber licensing exam, bring two forms of photo identification.
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