Barber Certificate

The Barber Certificate offers students a comprehensive education in the art and science of barbering. Students will gain skills in haircutting, styling, chemical techniques, facial hair design, and shaving.

The Barber certificate requires 50 credit hours, equivalent to the 1500 clock hours required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for the Illinois Licensed Barber examination.

Program Prerequisites:

  • must be able to speak and understand English
  • must read at a college level, as demonstrated by course equivalency or concurrent enrollment in RHT 099 or test at college level Reading

Program Outcomes:

  1. Communicate professionally in the workplace.
  2. Develop an employment portfolio.
  3. Demonstrate technical proficiency in hair cutting and styling, chemical services, product usage, skin services, and shaving.
  4. Create personalized haircuts that suit the client’s preference, style, and facial features.
  5. Practice decontamination and infection control procedures
  6. Prepare to successfully pass the Illinois Licensed Barber exam.

Complete the MANDATORY application for Triton College.

In addition to fulfilling the selective admission health program requirements, candidates must complete the following general admission requirements:  complete a Triton College application, submit applicable transcripts, take placement exams or demonstrate course equivalency, and complete new student orientation.

Triton College Application

Complete the MANDATORY Selective Admission Application for Health Careers

Note: (Applicants should not apply to the Barber Certificate Program until they have successfully completed the prerequisites for the program)
Acceptance is awarded every fall.

Health Careers Application

Attendance at an information session is ENCOURAGED in order to apply for admission to this program.
By attending an information session, you will learn about the career, the program at the college and the career pathways in the field.
For information on information session dates, times and locations, please register through our form below.

Barber Program
Information Session Registration




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Nicholas Cobb
Program Chairperson
Office: H-103
Phone: (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3487

Christopha Cox
Health Careers Information Specialist
Office: H-134
Phone: (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3474