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Sec. 20-236. Qualifications for license as barber. Licensure without examination. Barber schools.
Sec. 20-248. Exceptions.
Sec. 20-236. Qualifications for license as barber. Licensure without examination. Barber schools. (a)(1) Any person desiring to obtain a license as a barber shall
apply in writing on forms furnished by the Department of Public Health and shall pay
to the department a fee of fifty dollars. The department shall not issue a license until
the applicant has made written application to the department, setting forth by affidavit
that the applicant has (A) successfully completed the eighth grade, (B) completed a
course of not less than fifteen hundred hours of study in a school approved in accordance
with the provisions of this chapter, or, if trained outside of Connecticut, in a barber
school or college whose requirements are equivalent to those of a Connecticut barber
school or college, and (C) passed a written examination satisfactory to the department.
Examinations required for licensure under this chapter shall be prescribed by the department with the advice and assistance of the board. The department shall establish a passing
score for examinations required under this chapter with the advice and assistance of the
(2) Any person who (A) holds a license at the time of application to practice the
occupation of barbering in any other state, the District of Columbia or in a commonwealth or territory of the United States, (B) has completed not less than fifteen hundred
hours of formal education and training in barbering, and (C) was issued such license on
the basis of successful completion of an examination, shall be eligible for licensing in
this state and entitled to a license without examination upon payment of a fee of fifty
dollars. Applicants who trained in another state, district, commonwealth or territory
which required less than fifteen hundred hours of formal education and training, may
substitute no more than five hundred hours of licensed work experience in such other
state, district, commonwealth or territory toward meeting the training requirement. If the
examination was taken in a language other than English, the applicant shall demonstrate
successful completion of an English proficiency examination as prescribed by the department.
(3) Any person who holds a license to practice the occupation of barbering in any
other state, the District of Columbia, or in a commonwealth or territory of the United
States, and has held such license for a period of not less than forty years, shall be eligible
for licensure without examination. No license shall be issued under this section to any
applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject
of an unresolved complaint.
(b) Barber schools shall obtain approval pursuant to this section prior to commencing operation. In the event that an approved school undergoes a change of ownership or
location, such approval shall become void and the school shall apply for a new approval
pursuant to this section. Applications for such approval shall be on forms prescribed by
the Commissioner of Public Health. In the event that a school fails to comply with the
provisions of this subsection, no credit toward the fifteen hundred hours of study required
pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be granted to any student for instruction
received prior to the effective date of school approval.
(1949 Rev., S. 4570; 1949, 1953, 1955, S. 2277d; 1959, P.A. 306; 1969, P.A. 389, S. 1; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 75; 1972,
P.A. 127, S. 45; P.A. 74-113, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 440, 609, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 119, 136; P.A. 80-484, S. 100, 174, 176;
P.A. 81-471, S. 51, 71; P.A. 84-173, S. 1; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 30, 117; P.A. 93-296, S. 5, 10; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 98-166, S. 7, 9; P.A. 04-221, S. 13; P.A. 05-272, S. 10.)
History: 1959 act deleted stipulation that manager barber certificate be to own or manage as well as operate a shop;
1969 act raised license fees for barber and manager barber from fifteen to twenty-five dollars; 1971 act increased fees to
thirty dollars; 1972 act lowered minimum age for applicants from nineteen to eighteen, reflecting changed age of majority;
P.A. 74-113 changed expiration date of license from first day of October in odd-numbered years to first day of May
annually; P.A. 77-614 transferred duties of board of examiners to department of health services and later repealed section,
effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-303 amended repealer in P.A. 77-614 to delete reference to repeal of section; P.A.
80-484 transferred remaining duties of board to department, replaced certificates of registration with licenses, deleted
requirement that applicant be at least eighteen and of good moral character, replaced reference to apprenticeship with
"working as a barber", required that acceptance of other state's license depends on license requirements which call for
equivalent or higher entry standards, added reference to master barber, made licenses good for one year rather than until
the following May first, removed provision which required one-year waiting period before reexamination in cases where
applicant has failed three successive examinations, deleted provisions re manager barber certificates and re forfeiture of
fee after failure to appear for examinations three times in succession and added provisions prohibiting issuance of licenses
to persons involved in disciplinary action or unresolved complaint, requiring annual notification of board of number of
applicants and establishing passing score; P.A. 81-471 deleted reference to period of working as a barber required prior
to licensure and added a specific requirement of fifteen hundred hours of study and a provision authorizing licensure
without examination in some cases; P.A. 84-173 required examinations for licensure to be prescribed by the department
with the advice and assistance of the board and required the board's advice and assistance rather than consent in establishing
a passing score; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 raised examination fee from thirty to fifty dollars; P.A. 93-296 added new Subsec.
(b) re approval of barber schools and change of location or ownership, effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and
addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and
Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-166 amended
Subsec. (a) to add, to eligibility for licensure without examination, anyone with a license in another state or territory for
at least forty years, effective June 4, 1998; P.A. 04-221 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing former provisions with Subdivs.
(1) to (3) re qualifications for licensure; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (a)(1)(A) by removing provision re equivalency
examination prepared by Commissioner of Education.
Sec. 20-248. Exceptions. Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit any patient of the
Veterans' Home at Rocky Hill from practicing the occupation of a master barber in
said home. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent any person holding a
registered hairdresser and cosmetician's license under the provisions of chapter 387
from cutting the hair of any person, or to prevent any person licensed under the provisions
of chapter 387 from carrying on the occupation of hairdresser and cosmetician. Nothing
in this chapter or in chapter 387 shall be construed to prevent a licensed registered
hairdresser and cosmetician from working in a barber shop or a licensed master barber
from working in a hairdressing and cosmetology shop.
(1949 Rev., S. 4582, 4583; 1971, P.A. 105, S. 2; P.A. 80-484, S. 110, 176; P.A. 81-471, S. 53, 71; P.A. 04-169, S. 2;
P.A. 05-288, S. 84.)
History: 1971 act substituted "patient" for "inmate"; P.A. 80-484 protected right to cut hair of "any person" rather than
of "a female person" and protected right of hairdresser and cosmetician to work in barber shop and of barber to work in
hairdressing and cosmetology shop; P.A. 81-471 specified that "master" barber may practice at veterans' home and hospital
and that licensed "registered" hairdresser and cosmetician may work in barber shop; P.A. 04-169 changed the name of the
Veterans' Home and Hospital to the Veterans' Home, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes, effective
July 13, 2005.