From cutting hair to owning and running your own salon, Gwinnett Tech’s Barbering and Cosmetology program provides students with vital skills needed to excel in the beauty industry.

In the Gwinnett Tech Cosmetology and Barbering program, you’ll gain specialized training in safety, hair treatments
and manipulations, skin and nail care and sales and management.


The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, hair treatments and manipulations, skin and nail care, receptionist skills, sales and management. The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology.

Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to participate in the State Cosmetology Board Examination which has the authority to grant a Master Operator’s License to a person passing both practical and written examinations.

What are my program options?

*Anyone applying to Barbering for Cosmetologists (BF21) MUST hold a valid Georgia Master Cosmetologist license that must be submitted with the application.

More Info…

Take the first step towards a career in Barbering and Cosmetology and apply for next semester! Important dates and deadlines are listed to get you started and if you’re looking for ways to pay for your education, explore our scholarships for this program. You can also learn about our faculty and clubs and organizations to join!

Our Barbering and Cosmetology advisory board will provide you with relevant industry-specific curriculum for today’s high-demand careers.

**Due to the demand and popularity of Cosmetology & Barbering Programs at Gwinnett Technical College, new students must contact Ms. Williams,, immediately after applying to the college to complete a program advisement form. Acceptance into Gwinnett Technical College does not guarantee immediate placement within these programs.

Can I work while I learn?

Gwinnett Tech’s Cosmetology and Barbering program prepares students in our student salon where they work on real clients while learning to build their own book of business.

What career options will I have?

  • Chemical texture technician
  • Color technician
  • Hair designer
  • Product representative
  • Professional stylist
  • Salon manager

What is the difference between a barber and a cosmetologist?

A barber focuses primarily on cutting hair, usually men’s. Cosmetologists are more beauty-oriented and can branch out beyond haircuts to skin and nail services.

How much will it cost?

Gwinnett Tech offers affordability at $100 per credit hour + fees. Great opportunities for scholarships and financial aid with HOPE Grant, HOPE scholarship, HOPE Career Grants and more!

Barber Shop and Cosmetology Salon

Need a haircut? Manicure? The cosmetology salon and barber shop are open by appointment only. Learn more about the services we offer.