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, Wisconsin 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 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,239.00
  • Books: $344.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,203.96
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5,787.46

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

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.”

Josephine has taught as a cosmetology and barber instructor since 2018. During this time, she has also owned her own business/chair rental to provide services to her clients, allowing her to keep up with industry trends and better teach her students.

“Being a cosmetology/barber instructor is a very rewarding career. It’s one of the best feelings to be able to watch your students learn and grow into professionals from the first to last day of classes.”


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

“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.”


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