A-B Tech President Dennis King gets a trim from Legend’s Barber Shop owner Darryl Cannady.

Barber Academy to Launch in January

A-B Tech President Dennis King gets a trim from Legend’s Barber Shop owner Darryl Cannady.

A-B Tech’s continuing education workforce training program will prepare students to sit for a license from the NC State Board of Barber Examiners.

The new program is one of few barber-training programs in the state, and the only one offered west of Shelby. Local barber shops and cosmetology salons that want to provide barbering services have expressed great interest in the new program.

“We’re beginning the barbering program in response to requests from the community,” said A-B Tech President Dennis King. “We have heard from African American barber shops in particular that this is a program they’d like to see us offer, but we’ve also heard that cosmetology salons are interested because it allows them to expand their services.”

Joseph “Jay” Kaufman of Kannapolis has been hired as coordinator of the Barber Academy. Kaufman is a licensed master barber and barbering instructor. Formerly he was head instructor at the Hair Styling Institute in Charlotte and a barbering instructor at Roffler Hair Design in Jacksonville, Florida. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina.

“I’m excited to join A-B Tech and look forward to growing the Barber Academy into a premier institution for student barbers and the community,” Kaufman said. “Our mission is to prepare students to pass the NC Barber Licensing Exam and achieve a lifelong career in the barbering industry.”

Jay Kauffman, recently hired to lead the A-B Tech Barber Academy, with Bruce Morgan and Danny Pleasant at Courtesy Barber Shop in Candler.

North Carolina state law defines barbering as one or a combination of the following services:

  • Shaving or trimming the beard, or cutting the hair;
  • Dyeing the hair or applying hair tonics, permanent waving or marcelling the hair; or
  • Giving facial or scalp massages, or treatments with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations either by hand or mechanical appliances.

Requirements for a NC barbering license include at least 1,528 hours of training at an approved barber school, completion of at least a 12-month apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed barber, and a passing score on clinical and written examinations conducted by the State Board of Barber Examiners. Costs include tuition, fees, and a tool kit.

Information sessions that prepare prospective students for enrollment will be held in December and announced in the coming weeks. Admission is capped at 20 students per class. King also announced that A-B Tech will cover tuition for the first class of students, but students will be responsible for fees and their tool kits.

The Barber Academy is located in the former massage therapy space in the Birch Building on A-B Tech’s Asheville campus. It is adjacent to the cosmetology program’s Cosmetology salon and classrooms, but the programs are not affiliated.

Learn more at abtech.edu/barber.


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