Maine Barber License

Maine Barber License

To  take the first steps to your dream job, you should pass special training. This can sometimes be strenuous and time-consuming, but it is the straight path to your aim. Go through the requirements carefully and make sure not to miss the important points.

The requirements for a barber license in Maine

Let’s see what are the requirements to get a barber permit.

Most importantly you need to complete a 1500-hour course. The latter should include both theoretical and practical parts. Generally, the theory covers about 30-50% of the program. The practical part, on the other hand, comprises 50-65% of the program.

The theoretical part includes the themes below:

  • Sterilization
  • Hygiene
  • Sanitation
  • Bones, Muscles, Nerves
  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Establishing and Managing business
  • Laws

The practical part of the course covers the following topics:

  • Coloring
  • Shampooing
  • Cutting
  • Shaving
  • Trimming Beards/Mustaches
  • Styling
  • Permanent Waving
  • Manicuring

After finishing the course successfully, you can get to the next step immediately.

Practical and written examinations

After you finish the training, you will have to go forward with your goal. For this, you must participate in the license exam. Register online, filling in an online application.

After completing the application form, the Department will approve it and schedule a date. There are two exams – practical and written.

Practical exam

The examination lasts about 90 minutes. It has a multiple-choice structure and includes the subjects below:

  • Anatomy
  • Disorders of Skin
  • Hair and Scalp
  • Haircutting
  • Styling
  • Shaving
  • Infection Control
  • Facial Treatments
  • Skin Histology
  • Other procedures

Written exam

The written testing also lasts 90 minutes. It has a multiple-choice structure and includes the subjects below:

  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Lightening
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical procedures

The Barber-stylist exam usually lasts about three hours. You should work with your own tools and demonstrate all the practical knowledge you have gained during the training. Besides all the services mentioned above, the participants may be asked to show their knowledge in:

  • Waving (chemical)
  • Hair coloring/lightening

Application process

After successfully passing the examination, you come closer to your destination. Just one last step and you will be able to have your dream job.

So, what do you need to apply for the Maine barber license?

Be sure that you have the following in hand:

  • Proof of Age
  • High school diploma
  • Examination results
  • Training course statement
  • $20.00 application fee
  • $21 background checking fee

Licensure by Endorsement

In case you have already got the permit, yet in another state, you can always apply for the Maine license. This is not a difficult process. Nevertheless, you need to apply for licensing based on an endorsement. If you have decided to get the permit from other US states, explore some of them( e.g. Iowa, Kansas).

While filing the application, include the information below:

  • Proof of prior work experience
  • Education proof
  • Proof of passing all the barber examinations
  • The out-of-state license

All the above documents should be submitted to the State Board.

How to open a barbershop

It’s not a secret that in this field most specialists strive to work independently. If you have considered this possibility, here is some information on how to open a barbershop in Maine.

Your first action should be to submit an Establishment application. It should include the following:

  • A Floor Plan
  • A Plumbing Permit
  • A Water Test
  • $20 payment

After being approved by the Board, you will be granted the chance to open your own barbershop.


Of course, salary is very important. This is the estimation of the work you are doing. The average hourly salary is $16.61. The highest paying cities in the state are:

  • Atlanta, GA – $44.85 per hour
  • Jacksonville, FL – $44.27 per hour
  • Phoenix, AZ – $32.33 per hour
Zara N

Zara N

Zara is a content writer and a psychologist. She loves both of her professions with passion. The spheres she has chosen seem totally different. Anyway, she has so far succeeded in combining and linking them. Zara works as a family psychologist daytime and in the evenings she immerses in writing. Besides working as a content writer, she has managed to write her own books. She is an author of a psychological book for parents called “Some issues on upbringing”. She also writes therapeutic stories for children. Right now Zara is writing (or trying to write) her first psychological novel.