Barbering is a four semester diploma program that requires 1,500 clock hours for completion.

Graduates are prepared to take the barbering licensure exam administered by the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. The program will teach the necessary chemical services, manicure services, facial services, etc. - more than just learning to cut.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 49 weeks
  • Average Earnings $25,760/yr
  • Cost $6,532

About Program

Students, who are interested in pursuing a career in barbering, will receive instruction in personal and shop safety rules and state regulations, sanitation and sterilization standards, and the proper use of equipment and implements commonly found in a barbershop. Additionally, students receive instruction in the anatomy and physiology of hair and scalp, the psychology of sales and first aid.

The barbering program provides students with the necessary skills needed to pass the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber’s practical and written examinations. The class is available full-time program during the day on the main campus. Students will need four semesters of enrollment to earn the 1,500 clock hours as required by the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners.

The Barbering program covers training in many aspects of hair and skin care. Specialized hair training includes cutting, mustache/beard trimming, designing, styling, permanent waving, relaxing, coloring, lightening, and reconditioning treatments razor cutting and shaving. Instruction in men’s skin care will prepare the student to perform facials and to educate clients concerning personal skin care

Barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers who operate their own salons have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time day class
  • Enrollment is limited to students


Day Class
(Monday – Friday)

Evening Class
(Monday – Thursday)

Fall (450 hours)

8:00 am – 2:45 pm

2:30 pm – 10:45 pm

Spring (450 hours)

8:00 am – 2:45 pm

2:30 pm – 10:45 pm

Summer (390 hours)

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

2:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Fall (450 hours)

8:00 am – 2:45 pm

2:30 pm – 10:45 pm


The Barbering kit must be purchased from the Chattanooga State bookstore




Barbering Kit (must be purchased from the Chattanooga State Bookstore)


4 semesters – 1,500 clock hours -*Tuition will increase every fall semester

*Fall 450 hours


Spring 450 hours


Summer 390 hours


*Fall 450 hours


Barbering Kit (book included in kit)

$ 1000



TCAT Special Fees

Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


Textbook bundles are available at the Chattanooga State Bookstore.

Milady’s 6th Edition Books for Kit

*Students are required to wear a uniform (Blue scrubs) each day.



History and Career Opportunities
Life Skills
Your Professional Image
Communicating for Success

General Sciences:

Infection Control: Principles and Practice
General Anatomy and Physiology
Skin Structure and Growth
Nail Structure and Growth


Properties of hair and scalp
Basics of Chemistry
Basics of Electricity

Hair Care:

Principles of Hair Design
Shampooing Rinsing and Conditioning
Hair Cutting
Hair Styling
Hair Enhancements
Chemical Texture Services
Hair Coloring

Skin Care:

Skin Diseases and Disorders
Hair Removal

Nail Care:

Nail Diseases and Disorders

Career Opportunities

Shop Owner
Manufacturer’s Representative
Product Distributor
Platform Artist
Salesperson or Sales Manager
State Licensing Inspector or Examiner
State Board Member