Massachusetts Barber License

Massachusetts Barber License

What you need to drive legally in Massachusetts is the driver’s license. The same is about working in the cosmetology sphere as a professional. Firstly, you must have a Massachusetts barber license. Below you may find the steps that lead to it.

Requirements to get a barber license

There are no difficulties for you to possess this legal document. However, there are some important steps you need to keep in mind.


First, submit the training. The training must be of 1,000 hours. It will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge. The training includes the following classes: Rinses and Shampoo, Coloring of hair, methods of sanitation, Hairstyling, Safety measures, etc.


Second, receive the Application request. Once you have it, you need to pass the tests of the Apprentice Barber Certificate. The exams are being conducted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering. On this website, you can find the particular info about application forms and the whole process itself.

There are two types of Apprentice exams: written and practical. First of all, you will need to pay the $115 fee for the exams.

The written test includes 100 questions. You can easily take information about the content of the Massachusetts Hairdresser Licensing program. The information is available to the public. To pass the practical one, you will have 2 ½ hours. You will take the Apprentice Certificate if you score at least 70% or higher.

Thirdly, take the Master Hairdresser permit exams. To pass them, you must work 18 months as an apprentice hairstylist. These tests also involve written and practical sections. The fee this time is $181. The written test includes 25 to 30 questions. At this time, again, you should have a 70% to succeed.

How much does it cost to become a barber in MA?

As already indicated above, there is a $115 fee for receiving the Apprentice permit. You don’t have to pay extra money if you are out of state in this case.

Besides this, the cost of getting the Master Hairstylist Certificate is $181. However, in this matter, you have to pay additional money ($225).

By the way, please remember that in case of any errors happening during the checkout process, you will have to pay extra money ($23).

How long does it take to obtain a MA barber license?

As mentioned above, the person who wants to become a professional hairstylist and receive this document needs to take the training (1,000 hours).

License renewal

This step is much more important than possessing the Certificate for the first time. So, please be careful to always keep it valid.

The hairstylist has to renew his/her document each year up to the 31st of December. To renew your Apprentice permit, you must pay $40 each year. In the case of the Master, you must pay $78.

Finding out a barber in the state

This process is not as difficult at all. The information is available to the public via the official governmental page.

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering provides this kind of info. What you need to do is search via this official website.

Transferring a license

You can transfer your hairdresser certificate due to the rule of reciprocity.

In case you want to transfer the Hairstylist document, you must prove to have passed the special training (1,000 hours). Besides this, you have to prove that have worked in this sphere for at least 2 years.

In the case of the Master, you need to possess the current MA Master Hairstylist Document. Besides that, prove that you have worked as a Master Hairdresser for at least 2 years in your state.

Please keep in mind all these required forms:

  • Image (2×2)
  • Driver’s ID card copy
  • A copy of the current license
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