Learn more about the Barbering program at IBW


Detail and precision of men’s hair is the focus of our 1,000-hour barbering program. You will acquire the technical and business skills necessary for your career with an education that encompasses current men’s grooming techniques in cutting, shaving and texture. With our vast connections in the local barbering community and career fair events, you will have a large variety of networking and job opportunities after graduation to ensure a fulfilling career.


Investing in your barbering education is important. If you are looking to join the workforce as a barber, or just ready to get your license, now is your time. Learn about safety, sanitation, and the business skills necessary for a successful career. Barbering school is a wonderful option if you are looking to change careers or want something different right out of high school. Learn more about what the barbering program at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness can offer you.

program Highlights

Part-Time Day: 49 weeks | Evening: 50 weeks

Our 1,000-hour barbering program covers:


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Begin by learning the fundamentals of men’s design, styling, and related sciences. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops concentrate on developing skill and accuracy and reinforcing classroom knowledge. You’ll be introduced to product marketing, client servicing and personal development skills. This unit also covers state safety requirements.




Our focus on classic barbering techniques and design philosophy will be a strong foundation as you begin taking guests on our clinic floor. Shave skills are introduced to allow you to provide well-rounded services. Business workshops focus on employment and career advancing skills.



Refining your skills on the clinic floor will assist you in building confidence and allow you to attract and retain male clientele; preparing you for the salon. You can demonstrate competency in all tasks required for the skill certification examination, and possess the theoretical knowledge you need to pass the written examination required by The Institute of Beauty and Wellness and the State of Wisconsin for licensure.


The Aveda Life

Our online curriculum system, called LearnAveda, is filled with training options and updates that can see you through graduation. 


When you enroll at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness you will have the option to include an iPad in your student kit to access this amazing platform as well as access to help your skills stay fine-tuned and in demand.


We were thrilled when Wisconsin first announced the barbering course option and we couldn’t wait to create a program with you in mind. We sat down with an advisory board of local barbershop owners to develop a barbering curriculum that would include what future employers need you to know. Our barbering program offers small class size for more individualized attention and is more focused than cosmetology on men’s hair trends and cutting techniques.

Our barbering program gives you an insider’s understanding of a barber’s career by providing unique learning experiences such as advanced guest education with local and globally known barbers.


Our barbering program gives you an insider’s understanding of a barber’s career by providing unique learning experiences such as advanced guest education with local and globally known barbers.

IBW Barbering Student

Hands-on Experience at IBW

Our 1000-hour hybrid program includes clinic hours where you can work with guests and master your practical skills. In addition, we offer an externship program where our students can earn hours through real hands-on experience by working at a salon or barbershop.  Our program will allow you to create hairstyle trends that are in demand use the “tools of the trade” including: scissors, straight razors, foaming machines, and reclining chairs.

preparing for success

Invest in your career by receiving a well-rounded education at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness. Connect with our salon and barber partners and attend our virtual career fairs.  Find even more opportunities on our job board https://ibw.edu/job-opportunities/, and stay on top of your profession by attending our ongoing guest education.