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William Anderson, a barbering instructor at Pinellas Technical College, said barbering has evolved over the years, and as the price of the service increased, a barber could earn $1,000 a week and more.


ST. PETERSBURG — Trying to stay a cut above in education, Pinellas Technical College now offers its Barbering program on the St. Petersburg campus.

Longtime master barber and new instructor, William Anderson began working with PTC as a Barbering Program Advisor for the Clearwater campus. He spent a few years there before Boe Norwood, St. Pete’s campus director and Anderson client, asked him if he would be interested in teaching his profession to students at PTC St. Pete.

The St. Pete native has extensive experience in the art of haircutting, graduated as a barber in 1978 and has been a barber for nearly 45 years. He also always had a sense of teaching.

“I’ve trained a lot of guys, giving an opportunity to a lot of people in the community, here in St. Pete and in a lot of places,” Anderson said. “I created several shops and helped train many barbers. So it was natural for me to want to continue in this area of ​​training young men and women to become master barbers.”

Long-time master barber and new instructor, William Anderson has extensive experience in the art of haircutting,

For Anderson, it runs in the family. His father was a barber, as was his father’s father. His sister is a master barber and he has two younger brothers who have completed the PTC cosmetology program and also become barbers.

“And my great-grandfather was a barber; I discovered it,” he said. “So, myself, I’m a fourth-generation barber.”

He believes this program is a welcome addition to the St. Pete campus and community and an attractive alternative to attending expensive colleges.

“You can take [the Barbering] program and spend $6,000 or less and work within a year,” he said.

Not only is it a great opportunity for someone to learn a trade, start a career and support their family, but it’s open to everyone, as even ex-offenders can get certified, a said Anderson.

“I’ve seen some of the state nominations,” he said. “If you have a crime or have been arrested, all you have to do is put it on the request, and they investigate. And I don’t see them turning anyone away.

The barber has evolved over the years, Anderson said, and as the price of the service has gone up, a barber can earn $1,000 a week and more.

“If you’re committed, you can do it easily,” he said.

Career perks include not only earning good money and working flexible hours, but also being an integral part of the community. Anderson noted that one of the things he’s learned in his 45 years is to be a good listener and has found himself at times to be an “on-the-spot adviser.”

“As a barber standing behind the chair, you are often advising; you share with their situation, give them ideas, and at the same time you learn things that you can share with that person or help them build character.

Students will identify and perform hairstyles, mustaches and beard designs and perform on clients with wet sets, heat styling and braided styles.

Since Anderson has cut the hair of several generations of customers from the same family, he has had the chance to be a part of their lives like few others have. He added that there was also a business part of the program to guide students on necessities such as paying store rent and filing taxes.

To give students a real experience, the PTC Barbering program is open to walk-in visitors looking for haircuts, starting at $5. As the program attracts people of all ages – whether young beginners or older people looking for a change – Anderson pointed out that the ages of his current students range from 19 to 71. year.

Prospective students must have a high school diploma or GED to attend PTC, and funding is available, including qualification for a Pell Grant, which provides financial aid. The program, for the purpose of obtaining a Florida State license for students, consists of a planned sequence of courses.

In the initial course (320 hours), students learn to use safe, hygienic and efficient work practices; identify, prepare and perform proper hair shaping, cutting and procedures for shampooing, conditioning and scalp treatments.

During the second phase (150 hours), they will identify and create hairstyles; identify, prepare and execute mustache and beard designs and identify, prepare and execute wet sets, heat styles and braided styles on clients.

In the third part of the sequence (300 hours), they will identify, prepare and make hairpieces, wigs and hair clips; demonstrate knowledge of professional development (employability skills) and demonstrate required knowledge of Florida law and the Florida State Board of Cosmetology.

In the final segment (130 hours), students will identify and prepare hairpieces and hair ties; identify and perform permanent waves/reconstructions and chemical curls/releasing, identify and apply temporary/demi-permanent and permanent colors and identify and apply highlighters and specialized coloring techniques.

After the 900 hour course, students will take a state exam to become a master barber; however, they can challenge the test after 600 hours to become a “restricted barber”. Unlike master barbers, restricted barbers are not permitted to use chemical services or razors.

Anderson said hairstyles have changed and the barber has adapted, but “once you learn the basics, you can do any type of haircut.”

For more information about the PTC Barbering program, visit or call (727) 893-2500. PTC St. Pete is located at 901 34th St. S.

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