Q.Do I have to have experience?
A. No, You can start from scratch. We will guide you from A to B

Q. How old do I have to be to start?

A. 16

Q. If I transfer in from another institution or apprenticeship do my hours transfer?
A. Yes with transcripts/sufficient evidence from previous apprenticeship/institution that those hours were completed.


Q.Will I be assigned a mentor?
A.Absolutely. You will be given instruction daily from your mentor and Supervisor.

Q.How much will I owe?
A. By time you complete the program you could owe less than 8k *

Q,How many Hours are required?

A. 2000

Q. What is the Process to getting started? 
3. Decision 

Q. Will I be able to Transfer my license?
A.Yes. Depending on the State, but since we are in Iowa, laws require 2380 hours which is 1 of 3 of the highest hours in the United States for Barbering

 Q.Do you have in house financing if I don't qualify for any other financial assistance?
A. Yes we do. 

Q.How long does the program take?
A. 10 to 12 months Typically  

Q.Will I be able to get a barber's license upon completion of the apprenticeship?
A. Just like any other other route(Apprenticeship or School etc) to become an barber this makes you eligible to take the PSI barber exam and gain your 2 year license within months.

Q. If I transfer in from another school or apprenticeship do my hours transfer?
A. Yes with transcripts/sufficient evidence from previous apprenticeship/institution that those hours were completed.

Q.Will I be assigned a mentor?
A.Absolutely. You will be given instruction daily from your mentor and Supervisor.


Apprentices will be paid for physical labor performed while all other instruction will not be paid. Apprentices are entitled to half of physical service performed plus tip. Apprentices are paid daily. 

Tuition: (2000 On the job training hours+ 380 RTI Related Training Hours "book work")  $8,500

Books, Tablet, Kit and Supplies: $2,607.00 Includes:


Milady Standard Barbering 6th+ Workbook+ Exam Review $450

Ipad/Andriod Tablet: $150

Clipper Set Andis Cordless Masters $175

Detachable Clippers: $300

Andis - GTX-EXO Cordless Trimmer $150

Shears: $80

Shirts (3) Smocks(2) Capes (2) $150

Hair Brush, Shaving Razor, Combs (10),Brushes(10)  Shaving cream, Steam Towels, Chemical Wave rods and end papers, Hair Clips, Disinfectant Spray, Neck Strips, Protective Drape, Protective cream, Protective Gloves, First Aid Kit, Blow Dryer, Hand Held Mirror, Barbicide jar, 100 Derby blades, Barbicide Liquid. $275

(6) Mannequin Heads and (1) stand  $350


Registration Fee; $500 Non-refundable 

Application Fee; $25 Non-refundable 


Tuition is charged by 500 hour payment periods

four (4) periods at $2,125 each


0-500 hours
501-1000 hours
1001-1500 hours
1501-2000 hours


ISBN-13: 9781305100558 Milady Standard Barbering, 6th Edition, pricing TBD
ISBN-13: 9781305100664 Apprentice Workbook for Milady Standard Barbering, pricing TBD
ISBN-13: 9781305100671 Exam Review for Milady’s Standard Barbering, pricing TBD


Upon enrollment, the tuition is due and payable in full. However, at the option of the apprenticeship (not the barbershop), the
student may pay (example is for full-time basis) the Registration Fee of $100 and a down payment
of $650, then the balance to be spread over twelve (12) equal monthly installments until the balance is paid in full. The apprenticeship accepts payments
including but not limited to, cash, money order, contract, check, direct deposit, VA payment, and/or Title I
agreement, if eligible. $100 late fees with be added after 5th day of the month. 


Apprentices need to provide

Tool Kits/Books and they may not be returned for credit if opened or used.


If a student must attend longer than the prescribed time allotted for his or her program of study in
order to fulfill the hours required, a fee of $12.00 per hour is assessed for every additional hour
required to complete the program.


A fee of $9.50 per hour is assessed for all remaining required hours to complete the program.


If your tuition will be paid by a Third Party (i.e., Dept. of Rehabilitation, etc.), please submit your
paperwork to the Admissions Office within 48 hours once you have registered.


Unpaid balances will be taken to small claims and/or forwarded to a Collection agency, and the apprentice will be charged a $1500.00
collection fee in addition to the balance due to the apprenticeship.






Tru Barbershop requires that you complete 2000 thousand (2,000) clock hours of technical instruction and practical training.


All theory and practical services are taught by the following procedure:
• Identify service to be taught
• Read in textbook about the implements, sanitation, and application of the service.
• Students take a written test in Milady Textbook on practical service.
• After successfully passing written test, a video is shown on the service.
• The service is performed and explained in a live demonstration by the instructor.
• Apprentices is then allowed to perform the service on a client and/or mannequin under the supervision
of the instructor.

Haircut/Hairstyles~ Apprentices are showed a live demonstration and after completion of first demonstration in
classroom theory, students are allowed to proceed to the practical floor to perform haircutting on client’s
hair under supervision of instructor. As the apprentices progresses, they are taught different hairstyles. Short
hairstyles, medium hairstyles, long Hairstyles are included in the training.
Shaving~ The apprentice is taught the safety and proper sanitation of the razor. This includes the proper
preparation of the beard and the proper protection for the client, which includes draping. The apprentice first
practices in a classroom setting on a mannequin to learn the 14 steps of the shave. Once the student is
proficient on the shave after a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction and the instructor will allow
the student to perform a shave service on a client under instructor supervision.


Apprentices will master the art of shaving, hair cutting with the use of scissors. razor, and electrical clippers, and a comprehensive preparation of State Board performance. For the purpose of this section, technical instruction shall mean instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation and examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin.



Each apprentice will register with apprenticeship software, on Orientation Day.
Apprentices must clock themselves in/out daily using a password. Apprentices must be clocked in/out of program
on the agreed-upon schedule at the exact time. It is the apprentices responsibility to maintain an honest
practice of using the apprentices time software. Apprentices have the responsibility to clock in and out daily for
class and lunch breaks. Failure to do so will result in loss of hours attended. Apprentices are directed to see
administrative office for any questions or concerns with attendance tracking or procedures.
While the apprentices is clocked in, they are required to be engaged and in a learning
environment. Once a apprentice clocks in, the apprentices must maintain a presence in apprenticeship until the morning
break. Apprentices are not allowed to clock in and leave program to park a car or get food/coffee. Please be
prepared to stay in program once the apprentices is clocked in. All governing agencies will only recognize time
if the apprentices is engaged in a learning environment. A learning environment is defined as being on our
program and engaging in barber/cosmetology-related education. It is the apprentices responsibility to
adhere to the clock hour policy. Violation of this could result in immediate suspension.


Tru Barber Apprenticeship is designed to give you real-world, on-the-job training while you work in a licensed establishment and attend school. You will be earning income during all phases of the training period.

You will train a minimum of 32 hours per week under a licensed professional while learning these skills:

  • Chemical services

  • Hair cutting

  • Infection control

  • Shampooing

  • Shaving

  • Styling


As part of the 380 hours of Related Training Instruction (RTI) - Classroom instruction of Theory during the 2 years. To learn to have a good understanding and be ready to take the State Board Written Exam.

  • The History of Barbering

  • Bacteriology

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Chemistry

  • Electricity and Light Therapy

  • Properties and Disorders of the Hair and Scalp

  • Treatment of the Hair and Scalp

  • Properties and Disorders of the Skin

  • Men's Facial Massage and Treatments

  • Shaving and Facial Hair Design

  • Men's Hair Cutting and Styling

  • Men's Hairpieces

  • Women's Hair Cutting and Styling

  • Chemical Texture Services

  • Hair Coloring and Lightening

  • Nails and Manicuring

  • State Board Preparation and Licensing Law

  • The Job Search

  • Barbershop Management



Make up work will be assigned by way of oral, written, or practical assignment, depending on the
judgement of the instructor as to which type of assignment would best benefit the apprentices. Apprentices may
have to complete more than one assignment to meet their requirements. Required assignments and/or
exams that are not made up within 14 days from the original assignment, except in extenuating
circumstances, may result in the apprentices being dropped from the program.