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 Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of barbering education does the State of Kansas require to become a licensed barber?
No less than 1,200 and no more than 1,500 hours.
How often are the State of Kansas barber exams given?
They are offered four times a year.
How do I become a barber instructor?

You must sign up to take a separate exam to become an instructor.  The examination consists of the Kansas Rules and Regulations examination, presenting two class plans, writing two essays and taking a practical examination given by our board members.
*NOTE: The application for Instructors Exam can be found under the FORMS tab above
Barber Instructor Examination Schedule and Procedures

How do I go about opening a new barber shop?

You will complete a new shop application and attach the new shop application fee of $80.  After your application and fee have been received, an inspection will be scheduled.

*NOTE: the Application to Open a New Shop can be found under the FORMS tab above. 

How do I find out information about the Barber Schools in Kansas?
Click here to view a list of the approved Kansas Barber Schools.
How can I obtain a barber license if I am a licensed Kansas cosmetologist or a barber in one of our nation’s military services?

You will need to complete 500 hours of additional education at a licensed Kansas barber school. Then you will need to submit an application to take the next barbering examination.

How do I file a complaint with the Board of Barbering?
Click here to visit our forms page and download the document for Filing a Formal Complaint. All complaints are required to be signed and notarized.
How do I start a barber school or barber college?

Contact the Board office at KBOB@ks.gov and request a list of the documentation required to be considered for opening a Kansas barber school or college. 

How many licensed barbers are in Kansas?
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How do I verify that a barber, shop or instructor holds a current Kansas License?

Contact the office at the Kansas Board of Barbering 785-296-2211 or email KBOB@ks.gov 

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