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Barbering - CERT

The primary purpose of this program is to train the student in the basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to obtain licensure and for competency in entry-level positions in barbering or a related career field.

Completion of this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vocational/Technical Studies.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2023-2024 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 49 Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements (49 credit hours)
BARB252 Shaving and Beard Trimming 2
BARB260 Barber Clinic Practice 4
CSMT109 Cosmetology Theory I 4
CSMT118 Shampoo, Rinses & Scalp Trtmnts 4
CSMT123 Steril,Sanitation & Bacteriology 4
CSMT126 Hair Cutting 5
CSMT139 Cosmetology Theory II 4
CSMT143 Facials 4
CSMT152 Chemical Rearranging 5
CSMT209 Cosmetology Theory III 4
CSMT217 Hair Coloring and Bleaching 4
CSMT222 Hairstyling 5

Optional Courses for Licensure (0 credit hours)
CSMT229 Cosmetology Externship 4
CSMT239 Cosmetology Theory IV 4
CSMT243 Salon Business and Retail Sales 2

State Licensure Requirements

In order to receive a Cosmetology/Barber License in the State of New Mexico, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Have completed at least 10th grade or equivalent.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 1,600-hour course (Cosmetology) minimum 1,200-hour course (Barber). Successfully pass the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology and Barbering (NIC) theory, practical and state law examinations.
  • Training Expiration Limit: All required examinations must be taken and passed and the license obtained within 12 or 24 months of the date, the training was completed, depending on when your training was completed.

Candidates who started training on December 17, 2015 or after will have 1 year (12 months from the date of completion to pass all required examinations and obtain license. Examination scores are only valid within 12 months of your training completion date.

All fees are non-refundable.

Candidates are especially encouraged to carefully review license on requirements for testing PRIOR to completing an online application with PCS. If testing is not required, fees are non-refundable.

Exam and License Application

Application form needs to be completed and mailed to Professional Credential Services (PCS) at the address on the Candidate Information Bulletin. For the practical examination, your application and ALL documentation must be RECEIVED no later than 15 business days prior to the practicum examination date you wish to take. Applications are processed daily for theory tests administered at Laser Grade

Testing Centers. Late or incomplete applications will be processed for the next scheduled practical examination. If you have not received an admission notice within 7 (seven) days prior to the examination date, call PSC at 888-822-3272 to make an inquiry. For more information, please review the Candidate Information Bulletin (located online at www.PCSHQ.COM). As of October 4, 2007, temporary licenses will no longer be available in the state of New Mexico.

First Time Candidates

Once an online application has been completed with PCS, the following items must be submitted to PCS via mail, fax, email, or uploaded to your PCS homepage.
* A current 2x2 passport type color photo (selfies are not accepted).
* Copy of Photo Identification card – must be non-expired Driver’s License, state ID card or U.S. Passport.
* A New Mexico Transcript of Training* (must be notarized or have official school seal). This needs to be up-loaded to your PCS homepage and sent via mail directly to the New Mexico Board Office.
* Out of State Candidates may submit an official transcript as long as the transcript provides a breakdown of credit hours by subject.
* Should any document listed above be under a different name than the name provided on your application, legal documentation of name change (i.e. Marriage certificate, divorce decree, petition for name change) must be either mailed, emailed to the New Mexico Coordinator, or up-loaded on your Homepage.

Expired License

  • If a student holds a license that has been expired for less than one year, the student must contact the Board Office at (505) 476-4622 or visit http// and Cosmetologists.aspx for further information.
  • If a student holds a license that been expired for more than one year but less than five years, the student must complete an online application with PCS. Applicants are required to take and pass the practical examination.
  • If a student holds a license that has been expired for more than five years, the student must apply to a Board approved school; submit to a scholastic evaluation to determine your training needs; and complete a minimum of 150 hours of remedial education. Upon completion of the remediation, the student must apply online with PCS. Applicants are required to take and pass both the theory and practical examinations.
  • Students who need additional time in class and/or the clinic floor may register for CMST 261 Refresher, with the instructor’s permission.