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Barber Licensing & Exam Prep

If you wish to make a living in Illinois doing hair, nails, or skincare, you must first obtain a license. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the body responsible for regulating cosmetologist and barber licenses. The board requires barbers to obtain formal training from an apprenticeship or school as well as pass an exam. See the sections below for more information on the requirements and how to apply.

Once it comes time to study for the exam, we have everything you need to get started. We offer online exam prep designed to help you pass your test the first time, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. All of our courses are available from almost any device, any time. We hope that you will make RocketCert your home to help you obtain your Illinois Barber License.

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Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Barber in Illinois
  • Barber License

    To shave or trim the beard or cut the hair; to style, arrange, dress, curl, wave, straighten, clean, singe, epilate, depilate, shampoo, marcel, chemically restructure, bleach, tint, color or similarly work upon the hair or cranial prosthesis of any person; to give relaxing facial or scalp massage or treatments with oils, creams or other preparations either by hand or by mechanical appliances.


What are the requirements to getting a license?

Requirements IconIllinois Barber License Requirements
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Is beyond the age of compulsory school attendance or has received a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of that certificate
  • Complete a department approved 1,500 hour training program extending over a period of at least 9 months and no more than 3 years
    • A school of barbering may, at its discretion, accept up to 1,000 hours of cosmetology school training at a recognized cosmetology school toward the 1,500 hour program requirement of barbering
    • Time spent in such study under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or of a foreign country or province shall be credited toward the period of study required
  • Pass the written Barber exam (no practical exam is required)

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) at 888-473-4858 or visit their website.

The state of Illinois has reciprocity agreements for equivalent licenses with most state boards. To obtain your license via reciprocity, you must submit a reciprocity application, pay all fees, and have proof of your license sent to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation by your current licensing board.

With RocketCert, our education is written by a combination of professional educators and industry experts. Our exam prep is guaranteed to help you pass the exam, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better original price on any online course that we offer, we will beat it by 10%.

Licensed cosmetologist performing skin care work.
Licensed cosmetologist coloring hair.
Cool picture of a salon / spa
Barber School or Apprenticeship

The first step towards obtaining your barber license is to complete either an apprenticeship program or to attend a barber school. Once you have completed one of these programs, you will be ready to apply for the exam.

Submit your application

Be sure to attach copies of all the necessary documents such as your diploma, transcript or GED; government ID; social security card. Once your application is approved, you can schedule your exam on continentaltesting.net or by calling 800-359-1313.

Pass the State Exams

Preparing to pass the State exam is a critical part of the licensing process. Failing the exam can result in substantial delays before you are able to work under your license. We offer industry leading exam prep and all of the references at an unbeatable price.


Which exam do I need to take?

The Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation only requires applicants to pass one exam.

To schedule your exam, visit continentaltesting.net or call 800-359-1313.

It’s the exam! Illinois 006 – Licensed Barber Exam

  • Passing Score: 75% correct
  • Time: 90 minutes

Topics & Weight:

  • Scientific Concepts
    • Infection Control and Safe Practices
    • Tools, Implements and Equipment
    • Anatomny and Physiology
    • Chemistry
    • Electricty and Light
    • Skin Histology
    • Hair and Scalp
  • Facial and SHaving Services
    • Facial Hair, Facial and Skin Care Treatments
    • Shaving PRocedures and Facial Hair Design
    • Chemistry
  • Hair Care Services
    • Client Consultation
    • Draping Procedures
    • Haircutting and Styling
    • Haircutting Methods and Procedures
    • Treatment of the Hair and Scalp
  • Chemical Services
    • Draping Procedures
    • Safety Procedures
    • Client Consultation
    • Chemical Texture Services
    • Haircolor and Lightener
Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The Illinois barber exam is based on the following references:

Milady Standard Professional Barbering

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