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The Barbering Program

The hot modern-day barbershop trend is exploding. More and more men are wanting a comfortable space where they can get where they can get the full barber experience of grooming, a classic taper or fade style haircut and a relaxing shave performed by a trained, professional barber. Our three-level program gives you hands-on training in everything from precision haircutting, color and texture to skincare, shaving and grooming, plus the personal and business skills you need to build a career.

Our Program Levels



A foundation course focusing on the fundamentals of both the theory and technical foundations of hair, skin, men’s grooming, facial shaves and an introduction to our Paul Mitchell Schools culture. Future Professionals learn the fundamentals in theory, then practice them hands-on in the safe environment of the classroom. You’ll work on mannequin heads and receive close, personal attention from a Learning Leader guiding you every step of the way.

Technical Areas Covered Include:

  • Haircutting
  • Chemical work (including coloring and perms)
  • Men’s shaving and grooming
  • Basic skin and grooming
  • Basic skin care
  • Hairpiece design, fitting, and maintenance
  • And much more


The learning continues in the classroom and on the clinic floor, where Future Professionals practice and perfect the fundamental skills learned in Core. Adaptive-level students work on live models in a barbershop-like environment with the oversight and support of their Learning Leaders. You will work with professional products and learn how to conduct client consultations and create extraordinary guest-service experiences.

Areas Covered Include:

  • Practice on real people in a barbershop-like environment
  • Perfect your skills with help from Learning Leaders


The Creative phase is where Future Professionals begin to expand their skills and learn more advanced and creative techniques. At the Creative level, students prepare to become barbershop-ready by working more independently. The pace and conditions are similar to those in a barbershop. You will develop your speed, build a résumé and portfolio and prepare to pass the state board test.

Areas Covered Include:

  • Work independently (under the supervision of a Learning Leader)
  • Prepare a career portfolio
  • Prepare to pass the State Board test
  • Develop speed and prepare to start your career

Student Kit

We want you to be prepared. That’s why our Future Professionals receive their own professional kit packed with all the essentials—mannequin heads, shears, clippers and trimmers, a straight-edge razor, combs, clips, and much more—so you’re ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career.

“When I was deployed in Iraq, we had no barbers. I had clippers, so I cut people’s hair. I couldn’t be too free—but now I know color, designs, everything; it’s way more free and creative.”

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Ipad Included

When you have the latest technology and resources at your fingertips, you’ll be more successful in school and in your career. That’s why every Future Professional at San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology receives an iPad with their student kit, giving them on-the-go access to schoolwork, career advice from industry leaders, Paul Mitchell cutting and coloring apps, our exclusive Business Fundamentals: Connecting to My Future curriculum and much more.

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Our Barbering Programs

We offer varying barbering program options. See below for more details on each of them.


Barbering Program

School Supplies, Kit, and Tuition Costs


Tuition: $17,250.00

Registration Fee (nonrefundable): $75.00

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF): $0.00

Kit, Equipment, Textbook, Supplies (nonrefundable): $4,000.00

Curious how you can afford this? There are a wide variety of financial aid options out there. Click here to learn more.

How long will it take?

School Required Hours


Commitment to Complete Program: 1500 hours

When can I get started?

Ready to get started? Here are our upcoming start dates for this program:


  • OCTOBER 27th 2020 Barbering Part-Time (4 day)
  • JANUARY 19th 2021 Barbering Full-Time (5 day)
  • FEBRUARY 23rd 2021 Barber Part-Time EVENING
  • APRIL 27th 2021 Barber Part-Time (4 day)

Student educational materials
    • 1 Cutting System DVD Box Set, ISBN 978-0-9743205-2-6, $300
    • 1 The Cutting Book, ISBN 978-0-9743205-4-0, $32.00
    • 1 Men’s Cutting System DVD, ISBN N/A, $162.50
    • 1 Color System DVD Box Set, ISBN 978-0-9743205-1-9, $300.00
    • 1 The Coloring Book, ISBN 975-0-9743205-3-3, $26.00
    • 1 The Skill Cards, ISBN N/A, $26.25
    • 1 Paul Mitchell Product Guide Workbook, ISBN N/A, $2.50
    • 1 Connecting to My Future Book, ISBN 0-9743205-0-1, $19.95
    • 1 Be Nice (Or Else!) Book, ISBN-13: 0-9749939-9-9, $23.95
    • 1 Multiple Intelligence (MI) Letter, ISBN N/A, ISBN N/A
    • 1 State Board Review Book*
    • 1 Marker and Binder*
    • 1 Plugged In Apron and Membership (while enrolled)
    • 1 Master Audio Club Subscription (while enrolled)
    • 1 The color Paper Swatch Chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
    • 1 PM SHINES® Paper Swatch Chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
    • 1 Blonding Brochure, ISBN N/A, $N/A
    • 1 SHINES XG® Paper Swatch Chart
    • 1 Black Messenger Bag
    • 1 Apple Ipad, ISBN: N/A; $400.00

    *These kit items are exclusive to San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology kit

Required textbooks
  • 1 Milady’s Standard Professional Barbering, 5th Edition CourseMate, ISBN-13: 9781285175188, $177.95
  • 1 Milady’s Standard Professional Barbering, 5th Edition Textbook, ISBN-13: 9781435497153 (Hardcover), $132.95

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Funding Your Future

Curious about your future as a barber? There are a wide variety of financial aid options out there—and we’re here to help you find them. Get information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and more from our helpful San Franciso Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology Financial Aid Leader.

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How can I find out more?

Contact us today and a member of our Enrollment Team will get back to you right away and answer all your questions.


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