The Barbering Program prepares students for a career as a barber/stylist. The recommended course of study is designed to meet licensure requirements established by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Program Outcomes

  • Model professional and ethical behavior.
  • Practice all sanitary and safety measures that protect individual and public health.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all barbering skills.
  • Prepare to pass the state board requirements. 

Career Information

A barber specializes in cutting, styling, and grooming hair, mainly for men and boys. Working primarily in barbershops, barbers use a range of tools and techniques to provide haircuts, beard trims, shaving, and other grooming services. They possess expertise in various hairstyles and trends, and they often offer advice on hair care and styling products. 

Beyond their professional role, barbers have historically played a significant social role in communities. Barbershops have long been regarded as spaces for male bonding and camaraderie, social hubs where men gather to chat, exchange views, and catch up on local news. They are often family businesses, where older generations pass down knowledge and skills to younger ones.  

Apply Now

Cosmetology - Esthetician - Barbering Information Fall 2024
Orientation: August 21, 2024, at 10 am in the Cosmetology Building
(Mandatory for all New Students)

Student Handbook (Online)

The Student Handbook contains general guidelines, procedures, policies, and information specific to Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Cosmetology Program and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations requirements.

Cosmetology Registration Fee

All Cosmetology Students must be registered with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation by the first day of class. The $25 registration can be paid for at the business office or the students can bring in cash or debit cards. Mrs. Smith will register them at that time. A copy of your receipt is needed for the first day of class.


You are required to have two pictures (1 ½ x 1 ½) for your TDLR permit. Your TDLR permit is documentation of your registration into the program.

Immunization Requirements:

Tb Skin Test (within the last 6 months) Submit this information to the instructor by the first-class day.

Supply Kits:

Below is the cost for each of the program kits.  You will need to purchase the kit and pay the fee at the business office.  Bring your receipt to receive the kit.  This needs to be done as soon as class begins.

  • Cosmetology Phase I Kit Cost: $620.00
  • Cosmetology Phase II Kit Cost: $325.00
  • Barbering Kit Cost: $550.00

Support Material – LSCPA Online Bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

  • Milady’s Standard Cosmetology & Foundations Textbook Bundle and the Cosmetology Theory Workbook – 14th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Esthetics & Foundations Textbook Bundle and Esthetics Theory Workbook – 12th Edition
  • Milady’s Standard Barbering Textbook and Theory Workbook – 6th Edition

Dress Code

Each student is required to adhere to the dress code policy set by the LSCPA Cosmetology Program and the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation.

Every student must be in uniform BEFORE clocking in and remain in uniform until clocking out.

Dress code requirements are as follows:

All Black Unisex Scrub Top, Pants & Lab Jacket
Shoes: Tennis Shoes (any color) or Work Force
Hair: Neat and presentable daily. (You are your biggest advertisement)
Nails: For safety and sanitary precautions, all nails should be of average length, no longer than the end of the finger.


Lamar will provide the Cosmetology, Esthetician, & Barber students with the opportunity to make up any days missed every Friday. (9 am -2 pm), (Dual enrollment students 9 am - 11 am, and 12 pm – 2 pm). This will give the student time to make up any Lab/Skills assignments missed. Absences must be made up before the end of the semester. Depending on the number of absences, students will receive an Incomplete with the option to make them up the following semester.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur mandates the completion and passing of all Cosmetology courses with a “C” or better to attain the knowledge and skills needed to pass your state board exam.

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation mandates the completion and passing of all the registered modules (courses) to receive credit hours to be eligible to take the state board exam. Students must be in attendance to receive credit.

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Semester
BARB 1404 Introduction to Barber Styling 4
BARB 1402 Barber Styling I 4
BARB 1442 Barber Styling II 4
BARB 2432 Barber Law and Shop Management I 4
Second Semester
BARB 2402 Barber Styling III 4
BARB 2431 Advanced Barber Styling I 4
BARB 2440 Preparation for the State Licensing Examination 4
Total   28

How long does it take to complete the barbering program? 

The barbering program takes one year to complete. 

What type of license/certification is needed? 

Students must complete the program of study and then take both a written barbering exam and a practical (hands-on) exam. Once successfully completing both parts of the exam, the student will receive a license issued by the TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations) to practice barbering in the state of Texas. 

What are the main responsibilities of a barber? 

Barbers are responsible for cutting, trimming, styling, and shaping men's hair. They also provide grooming services such as beard and mustache trimming, shaving, and scalp treatments. Additionally, barbers maintain their tools and equipment, adhere to hygiene and safety standards, and offer product recommendations to clients. 

What type of knowledge, skills and abilities must I have to be a barber? 

Students need to have active listening skills, social perceptiveness, speaking, and decision-making skills. Students must be able to provide customer and personal service, must have management skills, understand economics and accounting. Student’s abilities must include arm-hand steadiness, near vision, oral comprehension, finger dexterity, and manual dexterity. 

What is the difference between a barber and a cosmetologist? 

Barbers typically specialize in men's haircuts, shaves, and beard maintenance, while cosmetologists are trained in a broader range of beauty services, including hair styling, coloring, skincare, and nail care. Barbers often use specific tools like clippers and razors, whereas cosmetologists may use a wider variety of tools and products. 

What are the continuing education requirements for barbers? 

Continuing education requirements vary by state, but many states require licensed barbers to complete a certain number of continuing education hours to renew their licenses. These courses may cover topics such as sanitation, new techniques, and industry trends. 

What challenges do barbers face in their profession? 

Challenges in the barbering profession include physical demands such as standing for long periods, managing client expectations, staying updated with industry trends, and maintaining a steady flow of clients. Barbers also need to manage the business aspects of their work, such as scheduling, inventory, and marketing. 

What kind of salary can I expect? 

According to O*NET online, a barber has a bright outlook and the local salary is typically $17-$20 an hour. Other areas of the state have a slightly higher salary range. 

Sheila Guillot, Chair 
Business and Industrial Technology 
Phone: 409-984-6381 

Amanda Smith
Program Coordinator 
Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Barbering 
Phone: 409-984-6402 

Brandon Harrison
Adjunct Instructor 
Phone: 409-984-6418 

Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society 
National Barbers Association 
American Barber Association 

LSCPA's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f), 34 CFR 668.46).




  • Sheila K. Guillot
  • Chair of Business and Industrial Technology
  • Sheila McCarthy Umphrey Industrial Technology Center, Office 201B
  • 409-984-6381


View Courses in the Catalog

Contact LSCPA

Go Back to the Educational Programs Page