Barber Technologist

Barber Technologist

Technical Diploma

There was a time when a man’s haircut and shave was a fine art worthy of its own trade and training—and that time has returned. Today, barbering has built its comeback on the heels of a movement in men’s personal care and grooming that is here to stay. And it’s opened up a whole new pocket of opportunity in personal services.

A Closer Look

Barbers trim, shampoo, style, and cut hair for mostly male clients, often using specialized techniques passed down for generations. Skin and nail care services are also available in barbershops. Barbers also specialize in hot facial shaving and scalp treatments, and, of course, get to know their clients and provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Today’s barbers often incorporate modern techniques into their services, including custom shave designs. If licensed, they can also color, bleach, and highlight their client's hair.

What You'll Learn

The Barber Technologist program at Mid-State is a part-time program that gives students hands-on training in the techniques they need to thrive in barbering.

Through a combination of online and face-to-face classes, as well as hours in Mid-State’s on-campus salon, you’ll learn both traditional and modern cutting and styling, safe use of common barber shop chemicals, and professional shaving techniques. This program meets the Wisconsin state barbering requirement of 1,000 hours of training and is regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.


  • Barber
  • Barber retail/wholesale sales

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Barber Technologist program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Stacy has over 15 years of experience as a barber/cosmetologist. She has owned her own salon and also taught at the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Concordia University in Wisconsin.

“I enjoy sharing my passion and having the ability to help students grow and achieve their goals. Molding the future is truly inspiring!”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $3,773.25
  • Books: $190.45
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,500.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5,463.70

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
30502701 Haircutting for Barbers 4.00
30502703 Introduction to the Barber Profession 2.00
30502706 Hairstyling for Barbers 2.00
30502730 Barber Client Services 1 2.00
    (10 Credits)
Term: 2*
30502731 Barber Client Services 2 2.00
    (2 Credits)
Term: 3
30502702 Facial Hair & Skin Care Services for Barbers 2.00
30502704 Haircoloring for Barbers 2.00
30502705 Chemical Texturing for Barbers 2.00
30502722 Business Management for Barbers 1.00
30502732 Barber Client Services 3 2.00
    (9 Credits)
Term: 4
30502733 Barber Client Services 4 2.00
30502734 Barber Client Services 5 2.00
    (4 Credits)
Total Credits: 25

*Barber Client Services 2 (30502731) is offered during the winter session of classes only