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The next scheduled Board Examinations - Monday, August 4, 2014 at Moler Barber School


Application Deadline - Due to July 20th being on a week end the registration deadline will be Friday, July 18, 2014 - completed application and payment must be received in the office by 4:00 Friday July 18, 2014. You may review your exam results from the last examination, one time, before the deadline for the next examination.


The Board conducts apprentice and registered barber examinations four times per year, on the first Monday of February, May, August, and November each year. 


Applications for examination and related materials are due to the Board office on or before the 20th of the month prior to the exam. If the 20th falls on a week-end ir Monday holiday the exam materials are due by the end of the day the FRIDAY before the 20th. 


Exam results will not be released until all documentation is on file with the Board.


The comprehensive barber exams include a 100 question multiple choice written exam, a 10 question oral exam based on MN Statute and Rule and practical exam consisting of a shave, haircut, facial, and rolling perm rods. During the practical examination barbers are evaluated on the total experience including draping, sanitation procedures, precision, and overall barbering skills. 
To obtain an apprentice barber registration a score of 70% on all three components of the exam is necessary. Apprentice barber candidates should review their text and other barber school educational materials in preparation for the written exam. The oral portion of the examination focuses on the Minnesota statutes and rules. Minnesota statutes and rules related to barbering may be accessed from the Laws and Rules page of this website. 


To obtain a registered (master) barber registration a score of 75% on all three components of the exam is necessary. Registered barber candidates are required to purchase a Home Study Course prior to the examination which is designed to assist the barber in preparation for the registered barber written exam. In addition candidates should review their barber school materials and have knowledge of the barber statues and rules in preparing for the oral portion. Minnesota statutes and rules related to barbering may be accessed from the Laws and Rules page of this website.
An applicant who fails to pass the comprehensive examination conducted by the board will be notified of the requirements for re-examination. The re-examination options and requirements may vary depending on the applicants current status and examination results.


If you do not attend (no show) the examination your fee will be forfeited and you will be required to pay the exam fees for a new exam date. If arrangements are made with the Board no later than noon on the Friday before the exam or you have documentation of an extreme circumstance that resulted in the no show, your fees may be transferred to another test date at the discretion of the Board. Fees may only be transferred one time.


Barber Instructor Examinations are included in the May and November test dates. The instructor examination includes a 50 question written test based on the statutes and rules, and a 10 to 15 minute presentation of a prepared lesson to the Board members. Candidates for barber instructor registration must apply for the examination on or before the 20th of the month prior to the examination. To be eligible to become an instructor you must have a current registered (master) barber registration in Minnesota for the past three years, and complete a course of study equivalent to a certificate in vocational education from a college, university, or other Board approved program.

NOTE: Reasonable Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations for any examination please contact the office.

If English is not your first language you may bring an interpreter to the examination with you. Interpreters must be registered with the State. Please contact the office for more information regarding finding an appropriate interpreter from the State Roster. You must inform the Board of your intent to bring an interpreter when you apply for the exam. See interpreter request form below. 

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