Cosmetology, Barber Conversion, Associate of Applied Science


San Jacinto College designed the Barber Conversion program (15 college credits/320 hours) to provide technical and practical instruction covering the art of barbering to include shaving, clipper cutting, men’s grooming, and men’s facials. Students seeking the Class A barber conversion license are required to have a valid cosmetology license before entering the Barber Conversion curriculum. The educational goal of the barbering course of study is to prepare for state licensing examination and for profitable employment as a Class A barber. Students who successfully complete the Barber Conversion curriculum are qualified to sit for the examination given by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.


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Helping others look and feel their best is one of the most rewarding career pathways. The Barber Conversion program at San Jacinto College can offer students the opportunity to enter the barber industry. Our program gives students the training they need to become licensed by the state of Texas as Class A barbers. A licensed cosmetologist may pursue a Class A Barber license with only 300 additional hours in barbering education and passing the barber written and practical exams. A look around the city will show that numerous opportunities exist to join the barber industry. Students could work anywhere from barber shops to dual barber/cosmetology salons and spas, or can follow their dream to open their own business.

The San Jacinto College Barber Conversion program:

  • Is designed to prepare students (with a current cosmetologist license) with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge required for an entry-level position in the barber profession;
  • Offers students the opportunity to complete the 300 hours of required training to be eligible to take the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Class A barber examination; and
  • Prepares students to be barber stylists to include shaving, men’s grooming, styling, and more.


Prior to entering the Barber Conversion program, students must hold a valid Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation cosmetology license. In accordance with Texas House Bill 1508, the College informs all students in this program who may have a criminal background that a criminal history could keep graduates from being licensed by the state of Texas. Students with any questions about their background and licensure may speak with the Department Chair.   

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CSME 1410 Introduction to Haircutting and Related Theory 4
CSME 1354 Artistry of Hair Design I 3
CSME 1405 Fundamentals of Cosmetology 4
CSME 2401 Principles of Hair Coloring and Related Theory 4
Second Term
CSME 2350 Preparation for the State Licensing Written Examination 3
CSME 2351 Preparation for the State Licensing Practical Examination 3
CSME 1244 Introduction to Salon Development 2
CSME 2439 Advanced Hair Design 4
CSME 2337 Advanced Cosmetology Techniques 3
Third Term
BARB 1307 Introduction to Hair Design 3
BARB 1402 Barber Styling I 4
BARB 1442 Barber Styling II 4
BARB 2432 Barber Law and Shop Management I 4
Fourth Term
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
or College Algebra
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Total Credits60

Verification of Workplace Competencies: Eligible for the credentialing exam - Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Barber Exam.