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Board of Barber Examiners

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Becoming licensed:

Who is required to be licensed?
How do I obtain a license?
How long will it take to process my application?
How do I apply for licensing exam?
Is the licensing exam schedule online? May I sign up online?
I passed my exam, what do I do next?
I am licensed in another state and want to operate in Tennessee. Do you have reciprocity agreements with other states? Which states?

Changes in license status:

How do I renew a license?

How far in advance of expiration date should my renewal be completed?
I let my license expire. How do I have it reinstated?
How do I retire my license?
How do I reactivate my retired license?

Complaints:

How do I file a complaint against a company/individual?
What happens after I file a complaint?
What can the state do if I have a legitimate grievance?

Change of Address/other key information:

Am I required to notify the board if I change my address?
Am I required to notify the board if I change my business address?
Can I change my information online?

Training/Continuing Education:

Is continuing education required?

Are courses available online?
Is there a list of approved courses, schools, trainers, etc., and how may I obtain a list?

Misc.:

How do I determine if an individual/company is licensed?

Am I required to notify the board if my job status changes?
How can I get the forms I need?
How do I know when and where regulatory boards meet?
Does this board have a newsletter to which I can subscribe?

Who is required to be licensed?

Anyone who desires to practice or teach barbering or work as a barber technician in Tennessee

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How do I obtain a license?

By completing the required hours of instruction in the curriculum, passage of the state board examination, and purchase of license

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How long will it take to process my application?

Please allow four weeks.

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How do I apply for licensing exam?

To schedule exams you must contact PSI, our testing vendor, online of by phone (800-733-9267).

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Is the licensing exam schedule online? May I sign up online?

Yes, you may schedule your exam on line with PSI.

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I passed my exam, what do I do next?

Submit your fee to purchase license to the board office.

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I am licensed in another state and want to operate in Tennessee. Do you have reciprocity agreements with other states? Which states?

Yes.  Please see Reciprocity for Barbers for details.

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How do I renew a license?

Every two years a renewal is mailed out to the address listed.  If you do not receive a renewal notice the renewal form is available on the Web site.

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How far in advance of expiration date should my renewal be completed?

It is recommended that you complete and submit your application about four weeks prior to the expiration date.

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I let my license expire. How do I have it reinstated?

As long as your license doesn’t exceed three years of expiration you will be required to pay a late fee.

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How do I retire my license?

Submit the current active license with statement requesting to retire license and a $10 fee.

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How do I reactivate my retired license?

If 65 or older, proof of age and $50 fee. Those younger than 65 must take the reinstatement examination.

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How do I file a complaint against a company/individual?

Go online and fill out a complaint form.  It can be submitted online or returned by mail.

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What happens after I file a complaint?

A copy of the complaint will be sent to the person or business the complaint is filed against, and that person/business will have 10 days to submit a response to the board.  After the Board of Barber Examiners receives a response, it will then be sent to our legal advisor for recommendation to the board.

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What can the state do if I have a legitimate grievance?

Disciplinary action can be taken with penalties ranging from reprimand to revocation of license.

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Am I required to notify the board if I change my address?

Yes, in order to receive your renewal notice, we must have your current address.

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Am I required to notify the board if I change my business address?

If you own a shop or school you must apply for a change of address or location and receive an inspection.

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Can I change my information online?

Not at this time

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Is continuing education required?

Only for instructors, who are required to attend a board approved seminar for 16 hours every two years.

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Are courses available online?

No

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Is there a list of approved courses, schools, trainers, etc., and how may I obtain a list?

Approved schools are attached. Barber School Listing

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How do I determine if an individual/company is licensed?

License search is available on our web page.

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Am I required to notify the board if my job status changes?

No

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How can I get the forms I need?

You may download from the Forms and Downloads page of our Web site, or request from the Board of Barber Examiners.

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How do I know when and where regulatory boards meet?

Our calendar and agendas are available online.

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