Academic Catalogs

Barbering, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code:  2_CT_BARB
Control number: 33957
Financial aid: Eligible

The Barber program consists of a minimum of 1500 hours of training to provide entry level skills to students who desire a career in the barbering profession. Students will develop expertise in the science and techniques of hair and skin and lab experience in barbering. Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the California State Board examination to become a licensed Barber. Students in this program must maintain a minimum grade of C (2.0 GPA) in all courses in order to advance to the next level in the program.

Students attend classes Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Student attendance is mandatory.

English-speaking and comprehension skills are critical to success as well as safety in this program. Students with inadequate English proficiency may be dropped from the program until adequate proficiency is achieved.

The Cosmetology Department has established standards of conduct and personal grooming. Additionally, there are attendance policies that must be adhered to by all students enrolling in the program. For further information regarding requirements, contact the Cosmetology office.

State law requires that students be at least seventeen years of age and have a valid social security number when applying for the California State Board examination.

Material Costs

The Cosmetology Department office will provide information about the required uniform, shoes and cost which covers the barber kit. Kits must be purchased with cash, money order or cashier check only through the bookstore. No credit cards or personal checks accepted.

Students with Previous Hours in the Barbering Option

Students with previous hours completed in another barbering program MUST provide proof of training of the completed hours to the Cosmetology office upon acceptance to the program. Students will be required to enroll in Level 1 and must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher in all Barber courses before moving to the next level. Transfer hours are not to exceed 450 hours and will not be added to hours earned in the GWC Barber Program until student completes all required hours and operations in Level 5. Transfer students are not eligible to pre-apply.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  1. Barber
  2. Self-employed barber
  3. Personal Care Services
  4. Barbershops
  5. Resorts
  6. Cruise Ships
  7. Nursing Homes and retirement communities
  8. Military bases
  9. Public institutions, hospitals, prisons
  10. Educational Instructors
  11. Barbershop managers/directors
  12. Barbershop owners
  13. Trichologist
  14. Celebrity Barber
  15. Sales - Hair/Wig products

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform, practice, and demonstrate all areas of barbering while observing the safety and sanitation rules set forth by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to build and maintain an ongoing clientele in the barbershop environment and industry.
  3. Use good moral conduct and good work ethics within the barber industry.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the barber industry requirements regarding resumes, hiring, and keeping records of business transactions.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
COSM G031Barbering Level 17
COSM G032Barbering Level 27
COSM G033Barbering, Level 37
COSM G034Barbering, Level 47
COSM G035Barbering, Level 57
COSM G036Barbering, Level 67
Total Units42

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1: 

Course Title Units
Semester 1
COSM G031Barbering Level 17
COSM G032Barbering Level 27
Units14
Course Title Units
Semester 2
COSM G033Barbering, Level 37
COSM G034Barbering, Level 47
Units14

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
COSM G035Barbering, Level 57
COSM G036Barbering, Level 67
Units14