Senator Hopgood Introduces Bill to Align Barber Licensing with Other States
LANSING - Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D – Taylor) today introduced Senate Bill 612 to bring Michigan's law on the required hours of study for a licensed barber more in line with the standards of other states across the county. The legislation is being introduced on behalf of one of Hopgood's constituents that attended barber school in Toledo, Ohio but was unable to get a Michigan license because he had 1,800 hours of training, not the 2,000 required in Michigan.
“Michigan's overly strict requirements on this issue create a disincentive for individuals to pursue barbering in our state and create unnecessary challenges for out-of-state trained barbers to be licensed here,” said Senator Hopgood. “This commonsense amendment to Michigan's law would address both concerns, ensuring that this career path be just as feasible in the State of Michigan as any other throughout the U.S.”
Currently Michigan requires that an individual complete 2,000 hours of course study at a licensed barber college before they are eligible to take the barber exam. However, most other states require 1,800 hours or less of study. Hopgood's constituent was told by the state barber licensing board staff that he would have to work as a licensed barber in Ohio for six months — to make up for the 200 hours of course study he was short — before he would be allowed to take the Michigan barber exam.
Michigan's licensed barber colleges have expressed support for returning our state requirement back to 1,800 hours. Many have noted that 1,800 hours is more than sufficient to cover all the material and that there was no clear justification for Michigan's higher requirement in the first place.