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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 31-502-5
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Barber Diploma


This program prepares you to work in the barbering profession, in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. You will learn shampooing, cutting and hairstyling techniques, shaving, beard trimming, hair coloring and other services. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the state board licensing exam.

Employment prospects for licensed barbers are excellent. Many barbers are self-employed, either owning their business or leasing booth space.

Additional program details: Keys to your success in the Barber program are good interpersonal skills; effective speaking, listening and time management skills; and manual dexterity. An artistic sense and the ability to visualize hairstyles are important. You must be able to work efficiently under pressure, and sell products and services.

Barber Apprenticeship

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development lists featured sponsors that have apprenticeship opportunities, but applicants apply directly with the employer. Each application process varies depending on occupation and the business. 

For information about the Barber apprenticeship program, visit our apprenticeships page

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BARCOS-300 Shampoo and Scalp Treatments ‡ 2
BARCOS-324 Business Skills for Barbers/Cosmetologists 1
BARCOS-336 Barber Theory 1 1
BARCOS-337 Barber Haircut 1 2
BARCOS-338 Barber Chemical Services 1 1
BARCOS-341 Shaving/Facials 2
BARCOS-344 Barber Theory 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-345 Barber Haircut 2 ‡ 2
BARCOS-346 Barber Chemical Services 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-347 Barber Hairstyling 1 1
BARCOS-348 Introduction to Client Services ‡ 2
BARCOS-318 Barber Theory 3 ‡ 1
BARCOS-319 Natural Hair Care and Braiding ‡ 1
BARCOS-320 Client Services 1 ‡ 1
BARCOS-323 Client Services 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-330 Business Management Skills for Barbers/Cosmetologists 2
BARCOS-349 Barber Haircut 3 ‡ 1
BARCOS-350 Barber Chemical Services 3 ‡ 2
BARCOS-351 Barber Hairstyling 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-352 Barber State Board Review ‡ 2
BARCOS-353  Barber Haircut 4 ‡ 2



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply safety and sanitation procedures
  • Adhere to the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for barbers
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success
  • Identify hair and scalp disorders
  • Perform haircutting services
  • Demonstrate shaving and other facial hair removal techniques
  • Perform male facial procedures
  • Perform texture services
  • Perform hair color services
  • Demonstrate hairstyling and finishing techniques

Career Outlook

Employment prospects for licensed barbers are excellent. Many barbers are self-employed and they either own their business or lease booth space in a salon or barbershop. With additional training and experience you can become an instructor, manufacturer's representative or platform/guest artist.

Barbershop Owner
Salon Owner
Barber Instructor
Platform Artist
Product Representative

This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


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This program is in compliance with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI 53705; 608-266-2112.


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Last updated: 08/25/2021