SPC to start barber certificate program in Fall 2024

LEVELLAND – Starting in the 2024-25 academic year, South Plains College’s new barber certificate program will be available at the Levelland campus for prospective students wanting to enter the profession.

During the two-semester program, students will learn the regulations of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and understand the theory and skills of the barber profession. Students will also learn all applicable safety and sanitation rules and regulations to comply with TDLR along with salon development, salon operations, professional ethics and record keeping.

Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become licensed by TDLR and to work as a Class A Barber in Texas. Upon completion of the curriculum from SPC, students will receive a Certificate of Proficiency. To qualify for the certificate, a student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.

“The barber courses will open a lot of options for anyone wanting to start their first career or a new career path,” Sarah Thompson, assistant professor of cosmetology at SPC, said. “The Class A Barber is a great asset to Levelland and our surrounding communities and can offer affordable hair, skin and nail care.”

TDLR requires cosmetology and barber students to be at least seventeen years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Students wanting to enter the SPC Cosmetology/Barber program must meet the college’s general admission requirements and apply separately to the program. Program-specific requirements include the following:

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  • Applicants must initiate an appointment for the Cosmetology/Barber Entrance Exam process by contacting Thompsonat sthompson@southplainscollege.edu or 806-716-2647.


  • During the appointment, applicants must complete a Cosmetology/Barber Program Application, score a 70 or above on the Cosmetology/Barber Entrance Exam, interview with a program instructor and schedule a mandatory orientation for 9 a.m. on a Friday.


  • During the mandatory orientation, applicants must provide their high school’s name or the city where they received a G.E.D. along with the exact date when they completed either form of education. In addition, applicants need to pay $25 in cash for a TDLR registration fee to be eligible to practice in Texas and provide a passport-sized photo (1.5 inches by 1.5 inches) for the TDLR permit.




For more information about the program, visit the SPC Online Catalog or contact Thompson at sthompson@southplainscollege.edu or 806-716-2647.