Due to the nature of a barber's work, most courses are completed in classrooms where students can practice their hands-on skills. However, as continuing education courses are required to maintain an active barber's license, a number of vocational schools and two-year programs offer online courses.
Continuing education classes are instrumental in furthering careers as barbers and cosmetologists, states Education Portal. To that end, online courses such as "Law for Barbering and Cosmetology," "Sanitation and Safety," "Beauty Industry Business" and "Barber Instructor" are popular for expanding experience and increasing the likelihood of finding lucrative work. These courses typically take between six months and two years, depending on the subject. Barbers often expand into the area of foot and hand care, and courses in manicure and pedicure techniques are available online, sometimes in combination with barbering and cosmetology courses.
Barbers may choose to gain insight and mastery using online video instruction provided by barber instructors. Masters of Barbering is one of several organizations that uses more than 15 hours of online video to demonstrate a wide variety of cutting and styling techniques for students. These programs can be effective for beginners just starting their study, as a supplement for those enrolled in hands-on classroom courses and for working barbers wishing to expand their technique.