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49 Pa. Code § 3.90. Student curriculum.

§ 3.90. Student curriculum.

 (a)  Each school shall post schedules showing the schedules of classes in theory and practical work. Each student shall have an opportunity to devote at least 60% of class time to practical work. For each of these class periods the teacher in charge shall keep an accurate daily record of attendance and progress of each student.

 (b)  A student may earn credit for the number of hours per day that the student is in attendance.

 (c)  A student may earn a maximum of 8 hours of credit per day and a maximum of 40 hours of credit per week.

 (d)  A student may not be given credit for hours attended unless the student is in actual attendance. Hours credited to a student should be devoted to the studying of barbering. Duty work may not exceed more than 10 minutes of the student instruction time. Duty work must consist only of the tidying and cleaning naturally performed by an operator around the operator’s own chair at the conclusion of the barber process. It may not include menial work ordinarily performed by a maid or janitor.

 (e)  Every barber school is required to instruct students in barber science as follows:

Subject Approximate Hours
Honing and stropping  25
Shaving and various uses of the straight razor 240
Haircutting, hairstyling and hairpieces 535
Shampoo and scalp massages  25
Haircoloring  25
Massaging (facials)  25
Hairwaving or curling (perms), straightening  25
Scalp and skin disease  50
State barber law and rules and regulations  50
Physiology  50
Sterilization and sanitation  50
Hygiene  25
Bacteriology  25
Electricity (ultraviolet, high frequency, infrared, curling  irons)  25
Professional ethics and barbershop demeanor  25
Manager-barber instruction, instruments, shop management, orientation and preparation for related examination   50 
Total minimum hours required 1,250

 (f)  A student who has commenced training under the previous curriculum before January 25, 1992, is not affected by subsection (c).

 (g)  A student may not receive credit for time spent in the barber school until registration or renewal licenses for the schools have been obtained from the Board.

 (h)  Whenever a student at the time of enrolling is entitled to credits previously earned at an out-of-State or in-State school, the school enrolling the student shall carefully evaluate the credits. A mere statement that the applicant for certification of entrance credits has pursued work elsewhere will not be accepted as sufficient evidence. The statement shall be documentary evidence showing attendance at a given school, and if possible, the number of hours attended and the subjects pursued.

 (i)  A student may request a transfer of credits for hours or months of study between a barbershop and a barber school or between shops, whether the barbershop or barber school is in-State or out-of State, if the student passes a test which is based on the number of hours attended and the subjects pursued and is devised by the shop or the school to place the student in the appropriate courses.

 (j)  The Board reserves the right to reject an examination application of a student whose credits have been improperly given or evaluated.


   The provisions of this §  3.90 amended under section 15-A.4(b) of the act of June 19, 1931 (P. L. 589, No. 202) (63 P. S. §  566.4(b)).


   The provisions of this §  3.90 amended September 26, 1966; amended January 24, 1992, effective January 25, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 347; amended November 22, 2002, effective November 23, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 5751; amended December 10, 2010, effective December 11, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 7090. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (342089) to (342090) and (303379).

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