ATTENTION TO ALL LICENSED BARBER SHOPS AND POTENTIAL APPLICANTS FOR BARBER LICENSURE:
It has come to the attention of the Arizona State Board of Barbers (“Board”) that some licensed Barber Shops in Arizona are allowing unlicensed individuals or students to perform barbering without the benefit of an active and valid license issued by this Board.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-355(A)(6), a person shall not permit an employee or another person under his or her supervision or control to practice barbering without being licensed by the Board. And pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-355(A)(1), a person shall not practice or attempt to practice barbering without a current barber license issued by the Board. Students attending licensed barber schools may only practice barbering while on school premises, during school hours, pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-321(4).
The Board may take disciplinary action against any licensed individual under A.R.S. § 32-353(5) who has been found to have violated A.R.S. § 32-355(A)(6), and may refuse to issue or renew a license to any individual who has been found to have violated either A.R.S. § 32-355(A)(1) or (6).
The practice of employing unlicensed individuals or students directly affects public safety. This violation of state law could result in a $500.00 Civil Penalty for each infraction and for each individual cited during a Board inspection, and could potentially jeopardize the future of those unlicensed individuals and students who may someday desire to seek licensure with this Board. The Board urges both licensed and unlicensed individuals to think critically before making a decision to participate in unlicensed activities that could result in discipline and negatively affect your future.
Title 32, Chapter 3 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, as currently written, does NOT make any exceptions for licensed Barber Shops to employ or supervise apprentices, interns, externs, volunteers, assistants, or the like, even if these unlicensed individuals are not receiving monetary compensation. The only exemptions allowable under the law can be found at A.R.S. § 32-321. If you believe the law should provide for an additional exemption or exemptions, please seek a statutory change by contacting your local legislative representative.