Start your future as a barber at Don Roberts School of Hair Design!

If you have a passion for men’s haircuts and grooming, pursuing a future in barbering could be a great option for you. Don Roberts School of Hair Design offers a professionally-driven barbering program for students who are serious about entering the industry after graduation.

Individualized Education

As a student at Don Roberts School of Hair Design, you can expect to receive individualized attention from experienced educators. These multi-licensed professionals have years of experience working in both the beauty industry and beauty education. Their top priority is providing you with a barbering education that combines theory with hands-on learning so you can learn in the way that works best for you.

Along with learning theory in the classroom, students can work one-on-one with guests* to receive the hands-on training they need.

*All services provided by students are under the supervision of licensed professionals.

CHI School Program

We know that to prepare for a career in barbering, you need to work with a great line of products. Don Roberts School of Hair Design is a CHI school, which means you can expect to work with professional hair products and tools throughout your education. From shampoo and conditioner to clippers and shears, we want our students to develop their skills using high-quality products.

What You Can Learn

As a part of the barbering program at Don Roberts School of Hair Design, you can expect to learn the following skills and techniques:

  • Infection Control
  • Shampooing and Scalp Massage
  • Hair Cutting and Hair Design
  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Texturizing
  • Men’s Facial Treatments
  • Hair Replacement
  • Women’s Hair Cutting
  • Career Planning

Career Possibilities

A licensed barber can work in a high-end barbershop or salon or become self-employed. Many barbers go on to become instructors or own their own shops. Don Roberts School of Hair Design is here to help you on the path to any of these careers. While barbering has historically been a male-dominated profession, there is still a demand for female barbers in the industry. No matter how you identify, if barbering is your passion, we have a place for you at our school.

Schedule a Tour

Don Roberts School of Hair Design is dedicated to training future barbering professionals who are serious about starting their careers. If you want more information about enrolling in our barbering program, contact us today! We’d love to set up a campus tour and talk to you about a future in barbering.

If you are a licensed cosmetologist and have an interest in barbering; we offer crossover study/hours to those that qualify. Please contact us for detailed information.

What Financial Aid Options Are Available?

We offer financial aid to those who qualify. The financial aid programs we offer include:

Institutional Choice Scholarship
Pell and SEOG Grants
Direct Student Loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized
Parent Plus Loans

We are also approved by the Veterans Administration* and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation. Applicants who are approved by these agencies can use the benefits for educational expenses.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Learn more about financial aid at our school here.

All financial aid applications are completed at

When And How Can I Find Employment?

There is no charge for DR alumni employment referrals.

We have successfully placed many graduates in the past and continue to offer career resources for future graduates. During the last 20% of the program, you can participate in interviews, internships, and off-campus job shadowing.

We are connected with several employers in the area who want to hire qualified graduates. Our staff also connects with all alumni, for both the verification of employment and for networking opportunities for graduates.

Students who benefit from the Choice Scholarship program (by maintaining a 95% GPA) can receive their license prior to graduation can become employed while still in school.

Additional Program & Licensing Details

Program Starts

Class starts are program dependent. Book your Discovery Day with Us to Learn More.


A diploma is issued at graduation.


Application can be submitted immediately upon graduation. A license is obtained and maintained through the State of Indiana.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code

Barber: 12.0402

Gainful Employment Disclosures

View our Consumer Information & Disclosures page for more details.


  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt