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Kansas Barber License Examination


Barber Examination: Please call the Board office if you have any questions (785) 296-2211.

Anyone wishing to apply for the Kansas Barber Licensing Exam, will need to complete an application for barber examination found under the “FORMS” tab above.

Each application must be filled out in its entirety, along with the fee and sent to the Kansas Board of Barbering office.



  • Initial Barber Examination Fee : $230
  • Barber Written Re-examination Fee : $150
  • Barber Practical Re-examination Fee  : $100
  • Barber KS Rules and Regulations Re-examination: $50

You must complete an application for examination if any of the following apply:

  • Graduated from a licensed Kansas barber school or college;
  • Your Kansas barber license has been expired for more than three years;
  • Currently licensed in another state that does not have the same or comparable requirements for licensure;
  • Previously examined within the state of Kansas, but failed any portion of the examination;
  • Received equivalent barbering education in another state and did not take barber examinations in that state.


When a completed examination application is received, the Board will do the following:

For national written examination

Each examination application allows the Board to pre-register applicants for the computer-based testing NIC written exam. The applicant will receive an email from SMT regarding the pre-registration and will need to follow instructions in the email to finalize their registrationsThis email will NOT come from KBOB, it will come from SMT.  During the registration finalization process, the applicant will choose their date, time, and location for taking the NIC exam. 

For practical examination

Once the candidate has passed the National Written exam, they will then be placed on the list for the Practical and Rules & Regulations examinations.

Examination information will be provided prior to the test date.


To pass the Kansas Barber License Examination, a minimum score of 80% must be attained on each of the three portions of the exam.
The barber license examination consists of the following.

  • National Written Barber Styling Theory exam. *NOTE: this portion of the examination is taken at a separate site on a separate day.
  • Practical examination: Two models are required (one model may be substituted for a mannequin) .

Note:  The first portion of the examination must be performed on a live model.

The second portion of the examination may be performed on a live model or a mannequin.

*It is the responsibility of the examinee to arrange for their own models and/or mannequin.*

  • Kansas Rules and Regulations Examination (this examination will be taken on the same day as the practical examination)


National Written Barber Styling Examination Aid


The NIC Barber Styling Theory written examination administered by SMT for the Kansas Barber License Examination is a 110-question, multiple-choice examination over all aspects of barber theory. This link to the Candidate Information Bulletin provides a summary of the various barber theory areas covered in the exam and provides a few sample questions.


Barber Practical Examination Procedures and Kit list

Practical Examination Procedures

Practical Examination Kit List

Examinees are required to bring the tools and supplies listed in the Exam Kit List.

*All tools must be clean and disinfected prior to examination. All disposable items must be new.*

Information regarding directions and practical procedures to be posted on the work station at time of practical examination. 


Barber Instructor Examination Aids

An overall score of 75% minimum is required for passing.  Please review the attached information regarding the materials needed to bring and have prepared for the exam.

written exam_ Instructor

instructor supply list

Instructor practical examination


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