Where barbers are born

Oakland barber academy is the premier barber college of the East Bay. Our team is passionate about the profession of barbering and committed to training the next generation of barbers.

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We are offering a one week free trial for any prospective student.

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Flexible Enrollment and Pricing Options

Part Time
$625.00 /month

For prospective barbers with other job or career commitments

Program Duration: 12 months

Total Cost: $7,500

Hours Required: 1,000

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Full Time
$1,250.00 /month

For prospective barbers looking to earn their license as fast as possible.

Program Duration: 6 months

Total Cost: $7,500

Hours Required: 1,000

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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum has been custom built to ensure all students pass the state board exam and become a licensed barber in the state of California. Here’s a small portion of what you’ll learn in Oakland Barber Academy’s 1,000 hour program

Fundamentals of Barbering
Foundations of Styling
Advanced Design Techniques
Chemicals and Treatments
Customer Acquisition & Retention
Business Development

Why Barbering?

Barbering is one of the fastest growing and most sought after professions today. It offers compelling benefits and a trade that will stick with you a lifetime. Some of the benefits of barbering include: 

Entrepreneurship: Earning potential related to effort

Autonomy: Set your own schedule and be your own boss

Community: Be a vital part of your neighborhood

Get to Know Our Team

Our instructors are passionate about the craft and sharing their knowledge with others. Together, they are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment where barbers from all backgrounds, experience levels, and ability can learn and grow.

Chris
Chris
Founder

Oakland Barber Academy Founder, Christopher Colter, initially developed his skills in barbering during his time in the army. After graduating from Howard University and serving as a Platoon leader, he earned his barbers license at Bayview Barber College in 2005. For the last twenty years he has served the Bay Area community as a barber and takes pride in helping the next generation of barber's hone their craft.

Ucal
Ucal
Head Instructor

With over 15 years of barber experience, Ucal graduated from Oakland Barber Academy in 2024 and now serves as an instructor. He shares his expertise with aspiring barbers and gives back to the community through partnerships with O.U.S.D. and local groups, providing services at events and fairs.

Don’t take it from us.
Hear it directly from our students

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"OBA is not just a school, but community. The customers, the other barbers, and team create an environment of learning, support, and growth."

Touré
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"I wouldn’t go to any other school. Chris and Ucal are amazing instructors and the tools I’ve learned here will stick with me for the rest of my career."

Angel
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"OBA is a place like no other. Chris gave me a chance and I haven’t looked back. I know I am on the track to a successful career as a barber. "

Vince
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"OBA has been a pivotal part of my journey into barbering. For me, it’s much more than just a school; it’s a stepping stone into a promising future as Barber."

Derek
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"Enrolling at OBA was the best decision for my career. The environment is incredibly supportive, and the hands-on training is second to none. Thanks to the guidance from Ucal and the team, I feel ready for whatever comes at me next."

Brandon

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