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Our mission is to educate and prepare dedicated individuals to become the best barbers they can be in all related fields of barbering. We strive to enhance the barbering industry for today’s needs, and hold all to the highest standards.
Tri-State Barber School is centrally located to Ohio, and West Virginia, at 2132 Winchester Avenue, in downtown Ashland, Kentucky. The school has free off street parking for customers and students. The clinic area currently has 12 stations, shampoo area, a very large customer waiting area, where the students work on the patrons under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The theory classroom contains educational charts, dry erase boards, video tapes, and DVD’s, TV with DVD and VCR player and reference books, technical magazines, and current hairstyle magazine. Lockers are provided for the students in the classroom. We are constantly improving and updating the facilities to meet the standards of the modern updated barber school. In a school which has the most up to date equipment, and training aids. Our video library has many training videos for the students use. Students will be trained in a manner to make serving the public their main goal. The ethics of barbering must be up held to the highest standards.
All applicants to TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE are given a personal interview to determine interest, desire, and ability to benefit from our training. All prospective students must demonstrate knowledge of the barber industry. In the event a prospective student does not have sufficient awareness of the industry, it is the duty of responsibility of the admission representative to counsel the prospective student about the overall requirements necessary to be successful in the industry prior to acceptance.
Admissions Policy states that each applicant must provide a copy of a high school diploma, or certification of high school equivalency. All prospective students must demonstrate knowledge of the barber industry. In the event a prospective student does not have sufficient awareness of the industry, it is the duty of responsibility of the admission representative to counsel the prospective student about the overall requirements necessary to be successful in the industry prior to acceptance. There are also various training agreements that prospective students must comply with the individual requirements of those agencies as well.
- Completed Application
- You must be at least 17 1/2 years old and good moral character.
- High school diploma or GED required (transcripts with verifiable graduation date are also accepted)
- Birth Certificate or other government-issued picture ID.
Students transferring in will be allowed credit for pervious training and education if approved by the Kentucky Board of Barbering. Training must meet all standard requirements set forth by the State Barber Board. Hours must be certified by the board before being added to the student records. Student transferring from TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE will have their hours certified and sent to the State Board.
Grading system used by TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE is as follows:
- The grading system for all tests, both theory and practical, use a pass/fail grade point average or GPA. A grade of 70% or better constitutes a passing grade. All tests are standard, and students have the opportunity to retake all tests to attain passing grades.
- The Director tracks student’s hours and schedules meetings with students to review progress. 70% is the minimum requirement for students in theory, practical and attendance. Students not making satisfactory academic progress in these areas will be placed on probation.
- TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE utilizes tests from Milady’s Standard Professional Barbering. Written tests are based on Milady’s Exam Review; all practical tests are based on a yes or no basis.
- Students must obtain a grade of 70% or more to pass. Students who do not pass any theory or practical exam must retake the test. (ALL CLASSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)
Tests are graded on the following scale:
- 91-100% A
- 80-90% B
- 70-79% C
- Below 70% Failing must retake
Students may make up excused absences without penalty. If the student does not complete the program by the contract end date, the extra hours will be billed at a rate of $10.00 per hour, and paperwork will not be completed until the full financial obligation is met.
Students must complete the contracted hours, complete all required tests and make sure financial obligations are met. Upon completion students are required to complete an exit interview. An affidavit of hours and record of student daily work, for licensure will be completed only if all financial responsibilities are complete.
Diploma Upon Completion of Program
Students will receive their diploma from TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE signifying their course completion.
Scholarship and Fee Waiver Policy
TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE does not offer scholarship or wavier.
Percentage Length Completed
to Total Length
0.01% to 4.9%
5% to 9.9%
10% to 14.9%
15% to 24.9%
25% to 49.9%
50% and over
Owed to School
Collection procedures will reflect good taste and sound, ethical business practices.
- If the school is permanently closed and ceases to offer instruction after students have enrolled and instruction has begun, the school will provide a pro-rated return of tuition.
- Refunds, as determined, will be returned to the student within 45 days after the effective date of termination or withdrawal. There will be no refund of state license fees, tools, or textbooks, as these become the student’s personal property.
Veterans Refund Policy
Refunds will be on a pro rata basis as follows for VA STUDENTS:
Ten dollars ($10.00) of the registration fee is non-refundable. Enrollment time is defined as the elapsed between the actual starting time and the date of the students last day of physical attendance in the school.
To Total Time of Course
0% to 10%
11% to 20%
21% to 30%
31% to 40%
41% to 50%
51% to 60%
61% to 70%
71% to 80%
81% to 90%
91% to 100%
Owed to the School
Any monies to be refunded will be refunded to the agency that has provided it first.
The student is hereby advised that Kentucky law prohibits the school from guaranteeing employment to any student as an inducement to enroll in school. The primary purpose at TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE is to graduate students qualified for employment. The school keeps in contact with the area salons concerning job openings. We post any job openings on the student bulletin board. We have many area shop owners that visit the school looking for prospective barbers. Our students are allowed to visit area shops to make contact with owners in order to future employment.
The educators at TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE will coach all students on:
- Employment opportunities in the student’s field
- What to expect from their first job
- How to prepare for an interview
- How to select a prospective employer
- How to conduct themselves during an interview
Classes begin the first Monday of each month with the exception of holidays.
Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4.30: p.m. One half hour for lunch.
New Years Day, MRK Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Our fall break is the third week of October.
TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE does not discriminate against any applicant, student or customer because of religion, ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or handicap. No otherwise qualified person shall, on the basis of such discrimination, be denied the benefits of any program or service. TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE takes all steps necessary to assure that all persons enjoy an equal opportunity to benefit from all programs available.
Student’s right to privacy and access to files
Student’s files are kept in locked cabinets. Students may have access to their files by making a request to the Director.
Parents/legal guardians of dependant minor children may have access to their child’s file by making a request to the Director. Parents/legal guardians of students who are not dependent minors and any other third party may only have access to information contained in a students file if the student has granted permission, in writing, stating the specific information that may be released. Exemptions to these requirements are: other school officials who have an educational interest in the information; authorized state or federal government agency; accrediting agency, subpoena, to meet a health or safety emergency.
TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE does not offer housing.
Students are allowed excused absences for medical emergency, bereavement and other unusual circumstances that may be approved by TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE. Written documentation is required and must be approved by the school Director. Students who will be absent are required to notify the school as soon as possible. Any other absences will be considered unexcused and may result in overtime charges.
Barbering – 1500 hours
TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE curriculum is dictated by the Kentucky Board of Barbering. Following is a list of what is to be taught during the 1500 hour program.
Students must complete 125 hours prior to being allowed to work on the clinic floor.
Instruments — 7
Shaving Instructions — 8
Haircutting for Men & Women — 35
Shampooing — 5
Permanent Waving — 15
Hair Coloring — 15
Hair Straightening & Relaxing — 15
Massaging — 10
Scalp and Skin Disease — 20
Physiology & Anatomy of the Head, Face, & Neck — 100
Sterilization & Sanitation — 10
Hygiene — 10
Bacteriology — 20
Electricity — 10
Pharmacology — 20
Psychology — 10
History, Professional Ethics & Other Info — 10
Instruments — 23
Shaving Instructions — 92
Haircutting for Men & Women — 900
Shampooing — 35
Permanent Waving — 25
Hair Coloring — 25
Hair Straightening & Relaxing — 25
Massagin — 25
Sterilization & Sanitation — 30
TOTAL HOURS (1500): Theory — 320 Practical — 1180
201 KAU 14:090 School Curriculum Section 19, states that “all students shall receive not less than 1500 hours practice work and scientific.”
The Milady’s Textbook of Professional Barber-Styling is our textbook. It contains 23 chapters that thoroughly cover’s the above-required curriculum (Chapter 20 is omitted by the State Barber Board).
We will also be using the workbook and the exam review book that accompanies the text.
The following U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes and occupational titles are disclosed pursuant to U.S. Department of Education:
Occupational Title: Barber
SOC Code — 39-5011.00 | O*Net Link — www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5011.00
Occupational Title: Barber Instructor
SOC Code — 25-1194.00 | O*Net Link — www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1194.00
Occupational Title: Barbershop Owner
SOC Code — 39-1021.00 | O*Net Link — www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-1021.00
Hair care has been an important profession since the beginning of time. Throughout history, a great deal of effort has gone into acquiring a fashionable hairstyle or a perfectly trimmed beard. Although styles change from year to year, the Barber’s task remains the same to make an attractive change in a person’s appearance. Barbers shampoo, cut and style hair, and advise patrons on how to properly care for their hair. Frequently, they straighten or texturize a patron’s hair to keep the style in shape. Barbers may also lighten or darken the color of the hair at the patron’s request. Barbers may give, face shaves, and bread trim and design, as well as scalp and facial treatments; and clean and style hairpieces.
Barbers keep their work area clean and sanitize their haircutting tools and implements.
Those who operate their own salons also have managerial duties, which include hiring and supervising workers, keeping records, and ordering supplies and the list goes on and on.
Barbers work in a clean, pleasant environment, with good lighting and comfortable
temperatures. Their work can be tiring and physically demanding because they must be on their feet for long hours at a time and work with their hands at shoulder level. Barbers also work with sharp implements (razors) and a small amount of chemicals. Many full-time
barbers work more than 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends when barbershops are busiest.
Training (licensure requirements)
Although all states require barbers to be licensed, the qualifications necessary to obtain a
license vary. Generally, a person must have graduated from a state-licensed barber school, pass a physical examination, and be at least 17 1/2 years old. In addition, states have varying educational requirements while others require graduation from high school. In some states, completion of an apprentice-training program can substitute for graduation from a barber school, but very few barbers learn their skills in this way. Barber instruction is offered in both public and private vocational schools, in either day- time or evening classes. A day-time program usually takes 9 1/2 months to 1 year to complete.
Both public and private programs include classroom study, demonstrations, and practical
work Most schools provide students with the necessary hairstyling implements, such as clippers, combs, scissors, and razors, are included in the cost. A professional set of implements range between, $500.00 – $1500.00. Freshman students practice on mannequins and or each other. Once students have gained some experience, students perform their skill on patrons in school clinic. Most schools have added unisex hairstyling as part of the teaching curriculum.
After graduating from a barber program, students take state licensing examinations. The
examinations consist of a written exam and a practical exam. These exams allow applicants to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skill to provide the required services.
After taking the practical test, and some states have reciprocity agreements that allow a barber license out of one state to be valid in another without re-examination.
For many young people, barbering serves as an entry point to the world of work. The field is
also characterized by a pattern of movement from family responsibilities into the labor force-when employment and earnings are attractive enough-and back to the home again. In fact, most entrants into this occupation come from outside the labor force-from homemaking and school in roughly equal numbers.
Persons wanting to become barbers must have finger dexterity and a sense of form and
artistry. They should enjoy dealing with the public and be willing and able to follow patrons’
instructions. Because hairstyles are constantly changing, barbers must keep abreast of the latest fashions and barber techniques. Business skills are important for those who plan to operate their own salons. Many schools help their students find jobs. Advancement usually is in the form of higher earnings as barbers gain experience and build a steady clientele, but many manage large salons or open their own after several years of experience. Some teach in barber schools or use their knowledge and skill to demonstrate cutting on platform. Others become demonstrators, manufacturer representatives, research assistants, and trade technicians or technical supervisors. Other possibilities include state board members, state board examiners, and educational directors.
Most barbers are employed in personal care services establishments, such as barber shops, beauty salons, day and resort spas. Others were employed in nursing and other residential care homes. Nearly every town has a barbershop or beauty salon, but employment in this occupation is concentrated in the most populous cities and States. About 44% of all barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers are self-employed. Many of these workers own their own salon, but a growing number of the self- employed lease booth space or a chair from the salon’s owner. In this case, workers provide their own supplies, and are responsible for paying their own taxes and benefits. They may pay a monthly or weekly fee to the salon owner, who is responsible for utilities and maintenance of the building. If you opt to work for a shop, the employer is looking for someone who is reliable, dependable, on time and demonstrates a strong work ethic. The employer may have other requirements set forth for you to meet as well.
Conduct and Termination Policies
- Each student is required to wear a smock attire must be clean and presentable at all times.
- No bare midriff is allowed. No unacceptable clothing. This will be determined at the sole discretion of TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE staff. No hats or head covering of any kind while on the clinic floor
- Each student is required to be on time. Class starts at 8:00 a.m. Students need to be in school and prepared to begin by 8:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. is considered late. Habitual lateness will result in a meeting with owners and possible suspension of student’s attendance from TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE.
- It is the student’s responsibility to punch in and out with the time clock each day. If the student does not punch in and /or out the student may not receive credit for that time.
- Each student is required to bring with them each day the kit that is given to them the first day of school failure to bring the kit or other items necessary for training will result in being sent home for the day and the day will count as an unexcused absence. TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE is in no way responsible or liable for any of the student’s personal kit, equipment or personal property.
- No foul language or disrespectful language directed towards a teacher, fellow student, or customer will be tolerated. If foul or disrespectful language is heard the student will be given a verbal warning. After the second verbal warning the student will be asked to leave for the remainder of the school day and will not receive credit for the remaining hours for that day.
- If a student is going to be absent a phone call must be made to the school in the morning by 8:00 a.m. If a student is absent for three or more consecutive days due to an illness a doctor’s note is required and must be handed in on the day of return. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence until a doctor’s note is presented. Students can only work into lunch if they are involved with a client .An abbreviated lunch break can be taken. Working through lunch does not allow a student to leave early.
- Cellular phones and pagers are not permitted to be used during class hours or while practical’s are in session. Students may use cell phones during their breaks.
- Only local phone calls can be made from the school phone, and students must get a teacher’s permission first. No personal calls are allowed during the school day.
- A teacher will help administer all chemical solutions for application by students.
- Assault or threats of any kind to any teacher, student, customer or staff member of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in automatic expulsion.
- Stealing from the school, teacher, student, customer or any staff member will not be tolerated and will result in automatic expulsion
- Contracted hours, FULL TIME or PART TIME can only be changed by TRI-STATE BARBER COLLEGE owners upon receipt and review of a written application by the student. New contract is then bound by the same rules and obligations of original contract.
- LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY: In the event of an extended illness or personal issues, etc., a student may request – in advance – a leave of absence, unless circumstances prevented the student from do so in advance (i.e., car accident). The school may grant the LOA who did not provide the request prior to the LOA due to unforeseen circumstances. The information will be documented in the student file and all pertinent information relevant to the leave will be gathered at a later date should the student return. The beginning date of the LOA would be determined by the institution to be the first date the student was unable to attend due to the accident or unforeseen circumstance. The student will not be assessed additional charges as a result of the LOA. A leave of absence may be granted for a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 180 days in any 12-month period. The contract end date will be extended out the same amount of days as the leave and changes to the contract must be initialed by all parties. A student who meets these criteria is not considered to have withdrawn and no refund calculation is required at that time.
Schedule of Fees
Barbering 1,500 Hours – Kentucky
Tuition — 10,500.00
Registration Fee — 115.00
Tool Kit — 1,750.00
Books — 265.00
Total Cost — 12,780.00
The student must agree to pay the application fee, books and tool kit the first day of instruction.
A monthly payment schedule will be determined and detailed on the school contract so that all fees will be satisfied prior to graduation. If a scheduled payment is not paid by the 10th of the month, the student will be suspended until all late payments are up to date. If additional hours of instruction are required after the ending date, a fee of $10.00 per hour will be assessed for each day over. All textbooks, educational material and tool kits once received by the student are not returnable and become the property of the student. Students will be billed for these items. Cash, check, money order or credit cards are accepted as a method of payment.
2019 School Outcome Rates
Completion Rate — 71.43%
Licensure Rate — 89.89%
Placement Rate — 90%
Licensing and Accrediting Agencies
Tri-State Barber College is licensed by the Kentucky Board of Barbering, 9114 Leesgate Rd., Suite 6, Louisville, KY. 40222, Telephone 502-429-7148. The school is seeking accreditation with NACCAS, 4401 Ford Ave., Suite 1300, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
Administrative Staff and Faculty
Carol Blackburn – School Owner/Director/Instructor
Bethany Blackburn – Secretary/Financial Aid Officer