Barber Styling Institute is an established, well respected, barber school that has been providing excellent training to the future barbers of the area for over 35 years. Barber Styling Institute is a barber school that has been around since 1979. B.S.I. has built a reputation of being the most well-rounded barber school in the mid-state. It has combined its expertise to offer services for every type of customer interested in getting a quality and reasonable haircut. B.S.I. is one of the state's leaders in the field of barber schools service and has been considered a highly distinguished and recognized barber school across the state. Additionally, the environment encourages students to have fun by allowing creative independence and providing challenges that are realistic and rewarding.



- Offer students flexible schedules in order to meet school requirements

Quality Training

- Provide students with an excellent education in order to succeed in the barber industry with the ability to master various haircutting techniques.

- Provide students with quality hair cutting training so they can in turn provide quality haircuts to the clients that come in to the barbershop or salon.


- Strive to have a diverse knowledge in the haircutting industry, serving men and women in various haircutting styles.

- Barbering is the oldest, most well respected profession in the history of man. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the barber, hair stylist and cosmetology sector is expected to continue to grow through 2014. In addition, there are also many long-established barbers who will be retiring in the next 10 years which provides a lot of potential for new barbers entering the profession.

- According to the NACCAS job demand survey of 2007 barbershops and salons in Pennsylvania planned on hiring over 8,700 new employees over the upcoming 12 months. In addition, 75% of Pennsylvania barbershop and salon owners who attempted to hire new employees in 2006 said they were unable to find properly-trained applicants. This means that jobs are currently available for barbershop and salon professionals. Although this survey is a bit outdated, the current economic recession adds to the attractiveness of the barber profession offering an affordable and flexible career path to those people laid off and looking for a career change.

School Philosophy

- Since opening in April of 1979, Barber Styling Institute has been dedicated to training students in theory and practical skills necessary to become barbers in the state of Pennsylvania. The school believes in developing the student's integrity and motivation in order for them to become successful barber-stylists. Not only do we teach the students about hair, but we want to teach them management skills to work in a barbershop, salon or own their own shop one day. Every effort is made to ensure that each student receives well-balanced training and are taught the most modern styles and techniques in the hair industry.

B.S.I. Course Outline

- B.S.I. follows the curriculum suggested by the State of Pennsylvania. A student must complete 1,250 hours of classroom and practical training in no less than nine months. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to:

  • PA Barber Law
  • Ethics
  • Traditional Barber Course
  • Management
  • Shaving
  • Chemistry
  • Men's & Women's Hair Styling
  • Permanent Waving
  • Hair Coloring

- Textbook theory is tested on a weekly basis and a licensed instructor always checks practical work on the clinic floor. Practical experience gained from the public coming to the institute for hair care services is a strong point of this course of instruction. Students receive "hands on" training, thereby putting textbook theory into practice


Course Objectives

- The ultimate objective of Barber Styling Institute is to prepare students to pass the Pennsylvania State Board Examination and have them equipped to work in a barbershop or salon. This qualifies them to practice barbering in the state as licensed barbers.

- Upon graduation, students will be able to apply principles, skills, and techniques to function effectively in today's full-service salons. This requires that students be trained in the basics of every service performed in salons today. It is also our desire that students be exposed to sound business practices.


Course Outline

- The following chart shows the order of subjects as they are introduced in the program at the Barber Styling Institute. The chart also shows the number of class hours spent on each subject. The remaining hours in the course are spent doing practical work, demonstration, supervised practice and study. The total number of clock and/or credit hours for each program is 1,250.

Honing and Stropping25
Shaving and various uses of the straight razor240
Haircutting, hairstyling and hairpieces535
Shampoo and scalp massages25
Massaging (Facial Treatments)25
Hairwaving or curling (perms), straightening25
Scalp and skin disease50
State barber law and rules and regulations50
Sterilization and sanitation50
Electricity (ultraviolet, high frequency, infrared, curing irons)25
Professional ethics and barbershop demeanor25
Manager-barber instructions, instruments, shop management, examination, orientation and preparation for related50
Total minimum hours of credit requirement1,250

Financial Aid

- Students are encouraged to take advantage of various payment programs. B.S.I. offers in-house student financing at a four-percent interest rate. B.S.I. is also a recognized institution of learning and qualifies for educational loans, J.T.PA., O.V.R. and veteran's benefits. Monthly payments and semester payments are also available.


- Barbers Styling Institute is either affiliated, accredited or carries the approval of the following organizations:

  • Approved for Veterans.
  • The Pennsylvania Barber Board.
  • JTPA Job Training of Pennsylvania.
  • The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • National Association of Barber Schools.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Barber Schools.
  • Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. (CETA)
  • Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners.


B.S.I. Requirements

To qualify for admission to B.S.I., an enrolling student must meet the following requirements:

  • An interview and acceptance by the school.
  • Student must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  • Prospective students must have obtained a minimum of an eighth grade education or a GED certificate.
  • Students may start school on any Tuesday, providing an open position is available. Pennsylvania law sets a ratio of twenty students to one instructor.
  • The Student Enrollment Agreement must be signed prior to starting date.

State Requirements

- Upon graduation, application is made to the PA State Board of Barber Examiners to take the required certification exam. A theory and practical examination is given by the state. After successful completion of the examination, a student is licensed to practice in any registered barbershop or salon in the State of Pennsylvania. Advice is available if a student wishes to apply for licensing in other states.

Upgrade from Cosmetologist to Barbers License

- If a licensed cosmetologist wishes to become a licensed barber, he or she shall have successfully completed the one thousand two hundred fifty (1250) hour cosmetology training course or shall possess a current license as a cosmetologist. Upon application to the board, he or she shall be given five hundred fifty five (555) hours of credit for subjects previously covered in the cosmetology training course, which subjects shall be enumerated by joint regulation of the State Board of Cosmetology and the board. Before such person is permitted to take the barber practical and theory State Board examination, he or she shall have successfully passed both the theory and practical portions of the State Board of Cosmetology examination.

Previous Training

The Barber Styling Institute will accept all hours approved by the Pennsylvania State Barber Board for credit toward completion of the required 1250 hours of instruction.



- B.S.I. offers both day and evening classes to help accommodate even the busiest schedules.

Clinic Floor Hours

Monday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Barber Styling Institute's Client Services

Our students provide a variety of services here at B.S.I.

These services are always performed under the supervision of B.S.I's Team of Professional Instructors. The students have chosen to attend B.S.I. to receive an excellent education, which includes learning to provide quality services to our guests.

We invite you to stop in and experience quality services at affordable prices.

Haircutting and Styling

Men's Haircut$8.00
Senior Men's Haircut$6.00
Men's Haircut & Beard$10.00
Women's Haircut$10.00
Senior Women's Haircut$8.00
Haircoloring (By Appt.)starting at $38.00
Highlighting (By Appt.)starting at $40.00
Permanent Waving (By Appt.)$35.00
Face Shave$5.00
Shape Up$5.00
Reconditioning Treatment$12.00