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Barber Technologist

Program Requirements: 

Gateway’s Barber Technologist program is taught by highly skilled licensed instructors and features state-of-the-art equipment and professional product lines.

The Barber Technologist program develops a student’s talent in haircutting techniques. The students learn to create a professional shave and understand the importance of professional sanitation of barber tools and equipment.

Students complete the Kenosha Campus-based program in two semesters…a fast track to a new career, with classes taught 5 days a week from 8 a.m. - 4:30  p.m. daily.

Gainful Employment Information

What does a Barber Technologist do?

Do you like working with people? Working with your hands? Being your own boss? A Barber Technologist can work as a barber, instructor for barbering (with additional training and licensure), professional sales representative, manager (with additional licensure) and platform artist. There is great flexibility, creativity, growth and unlimited income for a barber, based on the amount of hours the barber wishes to invest.

Learning by doing

Hands-on learning is the focal part of the Barber Technologist program at Gateway and the smaller class size translates into more one-on-one training. Students will work on mannequins to design beards, haircuts, color and textured services utilizing the high quality equipment that is included in their student kits. When students complete their theory and practical classes, they will be practicing in a Barber Shop atmosphere with real clients in the Kenosha Campus Barbering Lab. Students have an opportunity to be involved with many activities including America’s Beauty Show in Chicago.

Gateway’s two-semester program is taught on the Kenosha Campus, sequentially and in a cohort, all three semesters.  Here is the structure for the coming semesters:

Semester 1 (Theory courses) Spring 2015 Semester 2 (Lab courses) Summer 2015
Semester 1 (Theory courses) Fall 2015 Semester 2 (Lab courses) Spring 2016
Semester 1 (Theory courses) Summer 2016 Semester 2 (Lab courses) Fall 2016

Note: Gateway also offers a Cosmetology program on its Racine Campus. It concentrates less on men’s shave and instead on manicures, pedicures, and waxing.

Job and salary outlook

National data estimates an entry level Barber Technologist earns an average of $13.67 per hour, plus tips, based on 2014 figures. Wages jump to $21.94 per hour after five years, plus tips. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14 percent growth in the field by 2019.

Certification and Licensing

Gateway’s Barbering Technology program prepares technical diploma recipients to pass their State Barber License exam. Once students have completed the Barber Technologist program, they are qualified to apply to take the Barber Exam with Pearson Vue test taking services.



Michelle Gauthier

Sherry Tucker