Evergreen Beauty College Bringing the Art of Barbering Back!


barber cutting a man's hair

Evergreen is bringing the Barbering Program back with Style. If you’re a social, style-savvy individual who enjoys working with people, and you’re looking to start a rewarding career that suits your interest and personality, training as a Barber could be a great opportunity. Evergreen Beauty College will start one barbering class in 2020 starting January 13, 2020 at their North Seattle Campus. This will be the only class offered this year to test the demand for this class for the greater Seattle area.

The art of Barbering has made a huge wave back with Pop Up Shops, graduates opening their own stores such Chop It Up Barbershop, Gandy’s Barbershop, Supreme Cutz, and the men’s grooming market has been named as one of the fastest growing markets in the beauty industry. You can see local chains investing a lot in the growing industry to keep up with demand such as SportsClips, Weldon’s Barbershop, Rudy’s Barbershops and Gene Juarez Salons/Spas.

Some quick highlights:

  • Classes are  3 Days a week
  • Course should be completed in about 8 months
  • A course that focuses strictly on Hair & Business Training
  • Externships Available for last portion of training
  • Financial Aid is available for those who qualify
  • Cost of Program for 2020 will be approximately $14,600 plus local sales tax on kits & books

Seats will be limited because we only have 1 class open for 2020 and currently enrolling. Call us to schedule an appointment to enroll today!

Understanding the Differences between Barbering & Hair Design License

The Law

To understand the difference, we have to examine the scope of license. The scope means what they are legally allowed to do, or not do. In Washington State, you must look at the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), aka “the law”, to understand what is permitted under the two different licenses.


Barbers engage in the practice of Barbering. According to RCW 18.16.020 the “Practice of barbering” means the cutting, trimming, arranging, dressing, curling, shampooing, shaving, and mustache and beard design of the hair of the face, neck, and scalp.

Hair Designers

On the other hand, the practice of “Hair Design” is defined as the practice of arranging, dressing, cutting, trimming, styling, shampooing, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, straightening, curling, bleaching, lightening, coloring, mustache and beard design, and superficial skin stimulation of the scalp.

As you can see, both a Barber and Hair Designer are able to design, style hair, as well shave and do beard designs. A Barber’s scope of practice ceases with the cutting and styling, while a Hair Designer can extend services to color and chemical treatments.

The Art of Undercut Hair Design: Think You Can Cut It?

In the End

The more education the better, right? Sometimes. It depends on your interest. A barber’s license requires 1000 Clock Hours, while Hair Design license requires 1400 Clock Hours. This would require a student additional time in school (400 hours) which most probable will result in increased cost. With an increase cost, and time, a student should consider how interested, and likely, are they to put this expanded scope of chemical and color treatments? If a student is passionate color and chemical treatments, it may be worth spending additional 400 hours of training and an additional investment in tuition.

I did have some barbers reach out to me and ask me if they can upgrade and expand their license to Hair Design. The answer is yes; they would need to attain the additional 400 hours in training, and then retest to attain the Hair Design license.

What Do You Think?

Please let me know your thoughts on bringing the Barbering Program back. Do you like it? Are you against it? It’ll be interesting to see what is in store in the road ahead!

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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