By the Division of Professional Licensure

(1) General Provisions.

(a) All barber schools shall display a sign at the entrance reading "Barber School". (M.G.L. c. 112, § 87P)

(b) A barber school may be established only in a location where the building meets proper safety conditions. There must be adequate lighting and ventilating conditions as determined by the Board.

(c) The curriculum taught at a barber school shall be that established and approved by the Board.

(d) Each barber school must submit their schedule of practical and theory coursework to the Board for approval.

(e) Barber school files shall be available for inspection by any member of the Board or its investigators during business hours.

(f) Adequate room shall be provided for practice work, demonstrations, and lectures at each barber school.

(g) Each barber school shall maintain a course of study of not less than 1,000 hours extending over a period of not less than six months.

(h) No credit shall be allowed any student for time completed in any barber school other than the one in which the student is enrolled, unless the Board is notified in writing of the change of enrollment of a student prior to the change in enrollment.

(i) A person who has successfully completed a course of instruction at a hairdressing school licensed to operate by the regulatory body governing the operation of hairdressing schools where such school is located may be credited a maximum of 500 hours toward the 1,000 hour barber school course of instruction requirement. The required 500 hours of barber school course of instruction for any such person must be completed in a minimum three month period consisting of not more than eight hours in any one day. Evidence of any such person's successful completion of a licensed hairdressing school program (copy of diploma or certificate of completion) must be submitted to the Board upon such person's enrollment in a barber school. The registration, practice and licensure of any such student shall be governed by the provisions of M.G.L. c. 112, § 87J and 232 CMR 2.00.

(2) Applications and Renewals.

(a) Applications must be filed with the Board with payment of such licensing fee, as determined by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.

(b) Applications must be signed by a barber instructor currently licensed by the Board.

(c) An annual renewal fee, as determined by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, shall be payable to the Board by December 31st of each year for licensure for the following year. It is the responsibility of each barber school to insure that the renewal fee is paid on time.

(d) A barber school operating a two platoon system as of July 1, 1991 will be permitted to continue operation of the two platoon system. No new application for licensure of a barber school to operate a two platoon system will be considered by the Board. A day school and a night school on the same premises will be permitted.

(3) Enrollments.

(a) New students must be registered with the Board no later than the first week of each month following enrollment to receive credit for the hours completed during the month a new student began classes at a barber school. Applications must be signed by a licensed instructor at the barber school.

(b) Before a school may be issued a license by the Board, an initial enrollment of at least 24 students, each student being at least 16 years of age, must be presented to the Board.

(c) Every school shall regularly employ or have in attendance during school hours at least:

  1. two instructors for 25 students or less; and
  2. one instructor or assistant instructor for each additional 25 students or less.

No instructor or assistant instructor may supervise or teach more than one class at the same time.

(d) Only one full time or two part time students may be enrolled for each barber chair at a school.

(e) The starting date for an enrollment term is the first Monday or Tuesday of each month.

(f) No transfer of students from one school to another is allowed without first receiving authorization from the Board and following Board requirements (232 CMR 2.02(1)(h)).

(g) Monthly attendance and absentee reports of students are to be submitted to the Board during the first week of each month.

(4) Equipment.

(a) A minimum of 25 barber chairs 15 of which shall be able to recline for shaving and facials.

(b) No supplies of hair tonics, lotions or cosmetics may be used which do not have the label and name of the manufacturer thereon.

(c) An adequate library of reference books on anatomy, physiology, diseases of the skin and a medical dictionary.

(d) NO COPY OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TEXTBOOKS MAY BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS.

(e) A lecture room with a minimum of 25 chairs, which chairs shall consist of a desk and chair or a chair with a writing arm.

(f) One barber chair, one sink, and one work stand in lecture room for demonstration work.

(g) Blackboard in lecture room and set of enlarged anatomical charts for instruction regarding the head, neck, skin and hair.

(h) At least two toilets properly lighted and ventilated and in clean sanitary conditions at all times. One toilet shall be marked "Women" and the other marked "Men".

(5) Student Working Equipment.

(a) One mirror and one sink for each chair.

(b) One wet tool sterilizer for each chair with proper solution for same.

(c) One covered container at each chair for disposal of used shaving papers.

(d) One covered container at each chair for disposal of used towels.

(e) One closed cabinet at each chair for clean towels.

(f) One hair dryer for each five students.

(g) One hi frequency apparatus for each ten students.

(h) One each of the various white, red, and blue dermal lights.

(i) One ultra violet ray lamp.

(j) One infra red lamp.

(k) One high power microscope for bacteria and scalp study.

(l) Student Kit: one razor (if disposable blade, must include one package of blades); three haircutting shears: one 7½ inch, one 5½ inch, and one thinning shear; one outliner; one motor driven or magnetic clipper (if motor driven, include one box of attachable blades); three hairbrushes (one natural bristle, one vent type, and one round brush); one neck duster; four combs (one taper comb, one flat top comb, and two styling combs); one curling iron; one hair cloth; one water bottle; one blowdryer; one mannequin; one package butterfly clips; a minimum of six dozen permanent wave rods (various sizes); one styptic powder; one steri dry; one pair rubber gloves; one standard text book; one workbook; one exam book; and one carrying case for the tools.

(6) Student Attendance.

(a) Students may not attend school more than a maximum of eight hours per day/five days per week/40 hours per week. The required 1000 hour course of study may not be completed in less than six months.

(b) No students shall be permitted to enter the classroom or clinic floor unless their attire complies with the dress code established by the barber school.

(7) Certification as an Assistant Instructor.

(a) A registered apprentice who:

  1. possesses the educational qualities required for graduation from high school;
  2. has graduated from an accredited school; and
  3. achieved a passing score on the Apprentice examination, may, upon application to the Board and payment of the appropriate fee, apply for certification as an assistant instructor.

(b)

  1. An assistant instructor during the first three months of employment shall be limited to instructing the Practical subjects of the curriculum only (no Theory subjects instruction permitted) under the direct supervision of an instructor to only those students who have completed less than 500 hours of training. Thereafter, an assistant instructor may, at the discretion of the school supervisor, instruct students in Practical subjects under the supervision of an instructor.
  2. An assistant instructor during the first three months of employment shall be required to observe the instruction of Theory subjects by a registered instructor for a minimum of one hour per day. Thereafter, an assistant instructor may, at the discretion of the school supervisor, instruct students in Theory subjects under the supervision of an instructor.

(c)

  1. Direct supervision shall mean that a registered instructor is on the clinic floor where the assistant instructor is instructing and is readily available to provide assistance and supervision to the assistant instructor in the course of his/her instruction.
  2. Supervision shall mean that an instructor is on the school premises and is available to provide assistance and instruction to an assistant instructor in the course of his/her instruction.

(d) No school may employ more than two assistant instructors for each instructor employed by the school.

(e) No instructor may supervise more than two assistant instructors at any one time.

(f) An assistant instructor, completing two years experience as such, may, upon application to the Board and payment of the appropriate fee, apply for examination as a Master Barber. The two years of experience as an assistant instructor may be included in the five year experience requirement for a Master Barber's application for examination and licensure as an instructor.

(g) An applicant for certification as an assistant instructor may be required to appear before the Board, or a person or persons designated by the Board, to discuss his/her application and qualifications for certification as an assistant instructor.

(h) Assistant instructors must be employed as such for a minimum of 22 hours per week. The hours of instruction performed by an assistant instructor must be reported to the Board by the employing school until an assistant instructor has been so employed for the required two years and is eligible for examination and licensure as a Master Barber. Thereafter, each school must maintain a monthly record of the hours of instruction performed by each assistant instructor employed by such school until the five year experience requirement for examination and licensure as an instructor is completed. In the event an assistant instructor terminates or transfers employment from a school following his or her fulfillment of the two year experience requirement for examination and licensure as a Master Barber (i.e. employing school being no longer required to report an assistant instructor's hours of instruction to the Board), the school previously employing such assistant instructor shall be required to forward to the Board a final report of the hours of instruction completed by the assistant instructor while employed at such school.

(i) Assistant instructors must notify the Board of any transfer of employment within two weeks of such transfer. Failure to so notify the Board of any transfer of employment may result in the Board's disqualification of all or portions of an assistant instructor's hours of employment from being included in the experience requirement for a Master Barber or instructor license.

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