Barber Technologist

Technical Diploma

Why choose Barber Technologist?

  • Barbershops are back in style! Barbering has built its comeback on a movement that is here to stay, opening up a whole new pocket of opportunity in personal services.
  • Are you a resourceful people person who strives for attention to detail? If so, a rewarding career in barbering may be right for you.
  • Classes are delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online lessons.
  • This program meets the Wisconsin state barbering requirement of 1,000 hours of training.
There was a time when a 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 personal care and grooming that is here to stay. And it’s opened up a whole new pocket of opportunity in personal services.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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.

Mid-State’s Barber Technologist program prepares students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,267.50
  • Books: $377.65
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,203.96
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5,849.11

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  30502340 Haircutting Techniques for Barbers 3
  30502703 Introduction to the Barber Profession 2
  30502341 Facial Hair and Skin Care Techniques for Barbers 4
  30502706 Hairstyling for Barbers 2
  30502342 Barbershop Operations 1
  Term Total   12 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  30502344 Basic Barber Client Services 2
  30502343 Barbershop Service Skills 1
  Term Total   3 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  30502704 Haircoloring for Barbers 2
  30502705 Chemical Texturing for Barbers 2
  30502345 Advanced Barber Client Services 2
  30502734 Master Barber Client Services 2
  30502346 Barber Capstone Experience 2
  Term Total   10 Credits
  Program Total   25 Credits



Stacy received a bachelor of arts degree in 2014 from Concordia University Wisconsin. She also received her technical diploma for Cosmetology in 1997. Stacy worked for a corporate salon in addition to owning her own salon before pursuing her teaching career. She is currently a full-time instructor and program director at Mid-State for the Cosmetology and Barber Technologist programs. She believes in hard work and is very dedicated to the cosmetology industry. She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry in the classroom.

“Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”


Hollie earned her technical certificates in Cosmetology and Barbering from Mid-State in 2017 and holds Wisconsin state licensure for both. Previously she completed her associate in applied science at Northcentral Technical College. She started out teaching part-time in Mid-State’s Cosmetology and Barbering Technology programs before transitioning into a full-time role.  

“I loved my experience here at Mid-State as a student and am very excited that I now get to teach here and share my passion for the beauty industry with all the students to come.”


  • Barber
  • Barber Sales (Retail/Wholesale)
  • Barbershop Owner


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“The Barber Technologist program Mid-State fit my needs perfectly. It prepared me to obtain my state barber’s license and gave me new friendships that will last a lifetime.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Barber Technologist Pathway