State Requirements for Cosmetologists

To become a licensed or certified cosmetologist, one thing is clear: you need to receive an education in cosmetology. However, the type of education you need to receive may differ depending on your current state of residence. While most states will require you to attend an approved beauty school, others will allow you to complete an apprenticeship instead. In addition to training requirements, you also need to be aware of state specific guidelines on continuing education units (CEUs), license renewal periods and fees, license reciprocity or transfer, etc.

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Alabama

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1500 school hours; 3000 apprentice hours in 3 years; Written and Practical Exams

Instructor License

12th grade education; 1 year in practice; 650 hour teacher training course and exams

Renewal

Renewed every 2 odd number years during your birth month; $80

Reciprocity

Request certification to be sent from current state; Contact board for paperwork and exams; $100 fee

CEUs

8 CEUs for renewal; 16 CEUS for instructor renewal

State Board

Alabama Board of Cosmetology
(800) 815-7453
cosmetology@aboc.alabama.gov

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Alaska

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; High school education or equivalent

Training

1650 school hours / 2000 apprentice hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Hold a valid license, 1 year in practice + 3 years of practice OR 1 year of practice in another state and 600 hours of student instructor training, Pass written and practical exams

Renewal

Renew by Aug. 31 of odd-numbered years; $160 fee / $240 instructor fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in a state with equivalent requirements; 1 year of full-time employment + 1500 school hours, OR 2 years of full-time employment

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Alaska Board of Barbers & Hairdressers
(907) 465-2547
license@alaska.gov

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Arizona

Prerequisites

At least 23 years old; 2 years of high school education or equivalent

Training

1600 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

1 year of licensure + 650 hours of training

Renewal

Renew every year by the practitioner’s birthday; $30 Fee

Reciprocity

At least 1 year of practice in current state of licensure within the five years prior to application

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Arizona State Board of Cosmetology
(480) 784-4539
azboard@azboc.gov

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Arkansas

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

600 hours in cosmetology teaching courses + exam

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by the practitioner’s birthday; $80 Fee

Reciprocity

Hold a valid cosmetology license; Have certification of licensure and training; Pass a state law exam

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
(501) 682-2168
Cosmo@arkansas.gov

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California

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1600 school hours / 3200 apprentice hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Valid License, certification through post-secondary education; $50

Renewal

Renew every 2 years, in odd-numbered years, by the original licensing date; $50 fee

Reciprocity

Must hold a cosmetology license in good standing in home state; Must be licensed 3 out of the last 5 years

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
(800) 952-5210
barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov

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Colorado

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old

Training

1800 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license +2 years of experience

Renewal

Renew every 2 years, in odd- or even-numbers years, by April 30; $32 fee / $47 reinstate fee

Reciprocity

Submit an application for licensure by endorsement; Hold a valid license from home state with equivalent requirements

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology
(303) 894-7427
Barber-Cosmetology@dora.state.co.us

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Connecticut

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 8th grade education

Training

1500 school hours; Written exam

Instructor License

Valid License: cosmetology instructor examination; $20

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by the last day of your birth month; $100 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a valid license from a state with equivalent requirements; Pass a written exam

CEUs

10 CEUs for renewal

State Board

Connecticut Department of Public Health – Board for Barbers, Hairdressers & Cosmeticians
(860) 509-7603
dph.hairdresserteam@ct.gov

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Delaware

Prerequisites

10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours; Theory and practical exams

Instructor License

500 training hours + cosmetology license, OR 250 training hours + 2 years of experience

Renewal

Renew by Oct. 31 of even-numbered years

Reciprocity

Method 1: Must be licensed in a state with equal requirements; Method 2: Submit a notarized statement from an employer certifying that you have been working for at least 5 years

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Delaware Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
(302) 744-4500
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

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Florida

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; High school diploma

Training

1200 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Attend a cosmetology school that offers a certification program

Renewal

Renew by October 31; Group 1 licenses: even-numbered years / Group 2 licenses: odd-numbered years; $55 fee

Reciprocity

Hold an active license in another state with equal requirements; Otherwise, must complete additional training hours to qualify for endorsement

CEUs

16 board-approved CEUs for renewal

State Board

Florida Division of Professions, Board of Cosmetology
(850) 487-1395
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/contactus/

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Georgia

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old

Training

1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours in 18 months; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 750 training hours + exams

Renewal

Renew biennially by March 31 of even-numbered years; $50 Fee

Reciprocity

Must be licensed in a state or country that has similar requirements and grants reciprocity to Georgia licensees

CEUs

5 CEUS every 2 years for renewal

State Board

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
(478) 207-2440
http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/email.asp

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Hawaii

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; High school education or equivalent

Training

1800 school hours / 3600 apprentice hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 600 teacher training hours

Renewal

Renew by March 31 of odd-numbered years; $100 fee

Reciprocity

Completed similar or equivalent education requirements; May be required to take written and practical exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Hawaii Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
(808) 586-3000
barber_cosm@dcca.hawaii.gov

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Idaho

Prerequisites

At least 16.5 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

2000 school hours / 4000 apprentice hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 2 years experience + 1000 student teaching hours, or cosmetology license + 2-5 years experience + 500 student teaching hours

Renewal

Must be licensed 3 of the last 5 years to qualify for endorsement; Hold an active license in a state with similar requirements, or complete additional hours to meet minimum

Reciprocity

No reciprocity program; Must have had an active license for 3 of the last 5 years; Proof of having taken practical and written exam; Meet Idaho training requirements; Qualify for endorsement

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, Board of Cosmetology
(208) 334-3233
bol@ibol.idaho.gov

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Illinois

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school diploma or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Exam

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 training hours or 2 years of experience + 500 training hours

Renewal

Renew by Sept. 30 of each odd-numbered year; $25 fee per year

Reciprocity

Submit an application for licensure by endorsement; Provide certification of licensure from current state board

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 14 CEUs every 2 years; Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation – Cosmetology
(800) 560-6420
http://www.idfpr.com/profs/Email/prfGrp01.asp

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Indiana

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 training hours

Renewal

Renew every 4 years by August 1; $40 fee

Reciprocity

Must be licensed in a state that requires 1500 training hours; At least 70% passing on written and practical exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency – State Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners
(317) 234-3031
pla12@pla.in.gov

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Iowa

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

2100 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 teacher training hours or 2 years of experience in last 6 years

Renewal

Renew by December 31 of even-numbered years; $60 fee

Reciprocity

Transfer through endorsement; Must be licensed in a state with similar or equivalent requirements for 12 of the last 24 months

CEUs

8 CEUS every 2 years

State Board

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
(515) 281-4416
rosemary.bonanno@idph.iowa.gov

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Kansas

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; High school diploma or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 300 training hours + 450 teaching hours

Renewal

Renew every 2 years in the month of original licensure; $60 fee

Reciprocity

Must be licensed in a state with similar or equivalent requirements; Must pass an open book exam

CEUs

Not required

State Board

Kansas Board of Cosmetology
(785) 296-3155
kboc@kboc.ks.gov

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Kentucky

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 12th grade education

Training

1800 school hours; Apprentice examination, written & practical

Instructor License

Cosmetology license for 1 year + 1000 training hours + instructor exams

Renewal

Renew every year between July 1-31; $20 fee

Reciprocity

Must have a certification of license from state board that issued the license; May be required to take exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
(502) 564-4262
Maxine.Baxter@ky.gov

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Louisiana

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1500 school hours; State board exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license +500 training hours

Renewal

Renew every year by licensee’s birthday; $25 fee

Reciprocity

Applicants in WI, VT, TX, TN, NY, NY, MN, MI, MA, MD, KS, HI, FL, CT and CO must take exams (NIC, state theory, practical)

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Louisiana Board of Cosmetology
(225) 756-3404
steve.young@la.gov

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Maine

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1500 school hours / 2500 apprentice hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + work experience + 1000 training hours

Renewal

Renew every year in October; $50 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a valid license in another state with similar requirements; If requirements differ, must pass state exams

CEUs

Instructors: 14 CEUs per year

State Board

Maine Office of Professional & Occupational Regulation – Barbering & Cosmetology Licensing
(207) 624-8579
barbercosm.lic@maine.gov

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Maryland

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 9th grade education

Training

1500 school hours / 24-month apprenticeship; Exams

Instructor License

2 years of experience + senior cosmetologist exam + cosmetologist exam

Renewal

Renew every 2 years; $25 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a valid license in another state with similar requirements; Provide certification that license is current and in good standing

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Maryland Board of Cosmetologists
(410) 230-6320
cos@dllr.state.md.us

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Massachusetts

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1000 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 2 years as junior instructor

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by licensee’s birthday; $68 fee

Reciprocity

Must pass the state’s written and practical board exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
(617) 727-9940
kim.m.scully@state.ma.us

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Michigan

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 9th grade education

Training

1500 school hours / 2-year apprenticeship; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 500 training hours

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by the end of August; $48 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a valid license in another state with similar or greater requirements

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs – Cosmetology Department
(517) 241-8720
bcslic@michigan.gov

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Minnesota

Prerequisites

High school diploma or GED

Training

1550 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1400 work hours + 38 training hours + 3 exams

Renewal

Renew every 3 years; $81 fees

Reciprocity

Verification of current licensure, high school diploma, completion of exams and an application for reciprocity

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 4 CEUs every 3 years; Instructors: 45 CEUs every 3 years

State Board

Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
(651) 201-2742
bceboard@state.mn.us

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Mississippi

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; Must be able to read, write and speak English; High school education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours (9 months); Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 12 board-approved college hours + 750 instructor training hours with 2+ years of experience OR 2,000 training hours with 2 years of experience

Renewal

Renew every 2 years; $50 fee

Reciprocity

Submit an application and an affidavit/ certification of training that meets Mississippi’s reciprocity requirements; Appear for an application eligibility interview

CEUs

Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years; Master cosmetologists: 16 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
(601) 359-1820
lmontgomery@msbc.state.ms.us

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Missouri

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours; Theory and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 600 training hours

Renewal

Renew by September 30 of odd-numbered years; $30 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in a state with substantially similar or superior requirements; Practiced cosmetology for 2 consecutive years in another state

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
(573) 751-1052
cosbar@pr.mo.gov

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Montana

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school education or GED

Training

2000 school/ course hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 650-hour teacher training course + 1 year of work experience

Renewal

Renew biennially by March 1; $80 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a license in a state with comparable training and testing requirements; may be required to take additional training hours plus national exams

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 30 CEUs every 2 years; Instructors: 60 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(406) 841-2202
dlibsdcos@mt.gov

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Nebraska

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; High school education or equivalent; Basic first aid class

Training

2100 school hours (2000 credits); Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 925 training hours

Renewal

Renew biennially by Dec. 31 of even-numbered years; $118 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in another jurisdiction issued on the basis of a written and practical examination; Complete a cosmetology course consisting of at least 2100 hours

CEUs

8 CEU hours biennially

State Board

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services – Cosmetology
(402) 471-2117
Kris.Chiles@nebraska.gov

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Nevada

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1800 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 500 training hours with a provisional instructor license OR 1000 hours without

Renewal

Renew by June 30, in every odd-numbered year; $70 fee

Reciprocity

Must have a current license (in good standing) in another state; Must have passed a NIC written exam in state of licensure, or take the exam in Nevada

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 4 CE hours in Infection Control every 2 years; Instructors: 30 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Nevada State Board of Cosmetology
(702) 486-6542
cosmo@nvcosmobd.nv.gov

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New Hampshire

Prerequisites

High school education or equivalent; Good professional character

Training

1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours within 18 months; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 8 years of experience or 500 training hours + 1 year of experience or 800 training hours

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by the last day of the licensee’s birthday month; $40 fee

Reciprocity

Must have completed 1500 training hours in home state or 3000 hours of work experience; Pass a hands-on practical exam and a national written exam in English

CEUs

Instructors: 28 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetics
(603) 271-3608
kira.hageman@nh.gov

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New Jersey

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; High school diploma or equivalent

Training

1200 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 6 months of employment + 500 school hours + 30-hour teaching methods course

Renewal

Renew by Sept. 30 of even-numbered years; $60 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in another state with satisfactory requirements; Otherwise, must submit an “out-of-state” application and required documentation, and pass exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair styling
(973) 504-6400
Askconsumeraffairs@dca.com

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New Mexico

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1600 school hours; Written, practice and board jurisprudence exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 training hours

Renewal

Renew every 2 years in licensee’s birthday month; $50 fee

Reciprocity

Provide verification of licensure in another state with similar or superior requirements; May substitute 150 credit hours for each 6 full months of licensed experience

CEUs

Instructors: 12 CEUs per year

State Board

New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(505) 476-4622
barberscosmetologists@state.nm.us

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New York

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old

Training

1000 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 2 years of experience + Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) exam

Renewal

Renew every 4 years; $40 fee

Reciprocity

Must be currently licensed from a state on NY’s reciprocity list; In some instances, must have 1+ years of licensure in order to qualify

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services – Cosmetology
(518) 474-4429
licensing@dos.ny.gov

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North Carolina

Prerequisites

N/A

Training

1500 school hours; Board exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 800-hour training program or proof of 5 years full-time work in a cosmetic art shop

Renewal

Renew every 3 years by Oct. 1; $23 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in good standing, meaning no disciplinary actions; Licensed in a state that offers reciprocity to North Carolina

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 24 CE hours every 3 years; Instructors: 8 CEUs every year

State Board

North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
(919) 733-4117
nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com

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North Dakota

Prerequisites

High school diploma

Training

1800 school hours; Written, practical and state law exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1 year of experience + 160 training hours

Renewal

Renew every year by Dec. 31; $15 fee

Reciprocity

Provide a letter of certification from current state board and a copy of the state’s licensing requirements; Must take the North Dakota Laws, Rules & Regulations exam

CEUs

Instructors: 8 board-approved CEUs every year

State Board

North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology
(701) 224-9800
cosmo@midconetwork.com

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Ohio

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1500 school hours; Exams

Instructor License

Managing cosmetology license + 1000 training hours or 1 year of salon experience

Renewal

Renew by Jan. 31 of every odd-numbered year; $45 fee

Reciprocity

Does not offer reciprocity; Must take and pass Ohio’s practical, theoretical and manager exams

CEUs

8 board-approved CEUS every 2 years

State Board

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
(614) 466-3834
sue.gatwood@cos.state.oh.us

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Oklahoma

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 8th grade education

Training

1500 school hours or 3000 apprentice hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + exams + 1000 training hours or 500 hours + 2 years of recent licensed work experience

Renewal

Renew annually, on the last day of the licensee’s birthday month; $25 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license in a state with equal or higher requirements; At least 3 years of recent, licensed work experience; May be required to take exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering
(405) 521-2441
mhays@cosmo.ok.gov

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Oregon

Prerequisites

N/A

Training

1800 school hours; 150 hours of safety/ infection control + 100 hours of career development; Written and state law exams

Instructor License

2 years of training + 1 year of work experience as a certified practitioner following licensure + teacher registration (issued by the Department of Education)

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by the last day of the month of issuance; $40 fee

Reciprocity

Submit an affidavit of licensure and a qualifying application; Pass the written exam, which includes the Oregon Laws & Rules exam

CEUs

Instructors: 30 CE hours for renewal of teacher registration

State Board

Oregon Health Licensing Agency – Board of Cosmetology
(503) 378-8667
hlo.info@state.or.us

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Pennsylvania

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

1250 school hours / 2000 approved apprentice hours in 8 months; Theory and practical exams

Instructor License

12th grade education + cosmetology license + 500 training hours + exams

Renewal

Renew every 2 years, in even/odd-numbered years, by Jan. 31; $67 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license; Have 2 years of working experience from the original licensure dates

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
(717) 783-7130
st-cosmetology@pa.gov

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Rhode Island

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; of good moral character; U.S. citizen / legal entry; High school education or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license for at least 3 years + 300 hours of teacher training + exams

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by Sept. 30, on an odd-even year basis; $67 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a license in another state with equivalent educational requirements (work experience may be considered); Pass licensing exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

State of Rhode Island Department of Health – Board of Barbering & Hairdressing
(401) 222-2828
maureen.slowik@health.ri.gov

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South Carolina

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education or equivalent

Training

High school diploma or GED + cosmetology license + 45-hour teaching methods course + 2 years in practice or 750-hour instructor training program

Instructor License

High school diploma or GED; Pass Written and Practical exams; Hold a license, and have practiced for at least 2 years; Completed a 750-hour teacher training program; Completed a Board approved 45-hour method of teaching program

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by March 10; $52 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license, which is in good standing, in another state; Must have passed a nationally recognized exam

CEUs

Cosmetologists: 12 CEUs biennially; Instructors: 24 CEUs biennially

State Board

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology
(803) 896-4588
BoardInfo@llr.sc.gov

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South Dakota

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school diploma or GED

Training

2100 school hours; NIC written, NIC practical and state law exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 hours of salon experience + 1012 clock-hour instructor education program

Renewal

Renew on or before the licensee’s birth date every year; $20 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a current license from a state with equal or greater requirements; Work experience may be considered (2 work hrs = 1 school hr); Pass SD laws and rules exam

CEUs

Instructors: 12 CE hours of a commission-approved course per year

State Board

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
(605) 773-6193
cosmetology@state.sd.us

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Tennessee

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education

Training

1500 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

High school diploma or GED + cosmetology license + 300 hours of instructor training in 6 months or 1 year of junior instruction

Renewal

Renew every 2 years before license expiration date; $50 fee

Reciprocity

Provide proof of a current license from another state with equal requirements; May substitute with proof of 5 years of work experience

CEUs

Instructors: 16 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Tennessee Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners
(615) 741-2515
Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov

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Texas

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; High school diploma or equivalent

Training

1500 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Operator license + 750 hours of instructor training or 1 year of work experience + 500 hours of instructor training

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by date of original licensure; $53 fee

Reciprocity

Licensed in a state with substantially equivalent requirements; In some cases, work experience may be credited

CEUs

4 CEU hours through department-approved courses

State Board

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation – Board of Cosmetology
(800) 803-9202
CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov

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Utah

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old; Of good moral character

Training

1600 school hours / 2500 apprentice hours; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000-hour instructor training program OR 3000 hours of experience

Renewal

Renew by September 30th of odd-numbered years; $52 fee

Reciprocity

Submit verification of current license; Must meet educational or experience requirements and exam requirements

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing – Cosmetology & Barbering
(801) 530-6628
doplweb@utah.gov

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Vermont

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school diploma or GED

Training

1500 school hours / 24-month apprenticeship; Theory, practical and state law exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 3 years of full-time experience + exams

Renewal

Renew by November 30th of odd-numbered years; $130 fee

Reciprocity

Hold a license in a state whose requirements are equal or superior to Vermont’s; Pass a state law exam

CEUs

Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Vermont Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
(802) 828-1134
kshangraw@sec.state.vt.us

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Virginia

Prerequisites

N/A

Training

1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + post-secondary course in teaching techniques or board-approved instructor training course or cosmetology instruction exam

Renewal

Renew every 2 years by date of original licensure; $40 fee

Reciprocity

Have a current license in a state with substantially similar training requirements; Submit application for endorsement and proof of licensure

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology
(804) 367-8590
BarberCosmo@dpor.virginia.gov

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Washington

Prerequisites

At least 17 years old

Training

1600 school hours / 2000 apprentice hours; Written and performance exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 500 classroom hours + exams

Renewal

Renew every 2 years; $55 fee

Reciprocity

Have a current license in good standing in another state; If licensed in another country, must pass state exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Washington State Department of Licensing-Cosmetologists
(360) 664-6626
plssunit@dol.wa.gov

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West Virginia

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school education; Of good moral character

Training

1800 school hours; Written and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 5 years of recent salon experience + interview + exam

Renewal

Renew annually; $35 fee

Reciprocity

If licensed in a NIC state, must pass state law exam; If licensed in a non-NIC state, submit an application for review

CEUs

4 CEUs per year

State Board

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(304) 558-2924
adam.l.higginbotham@wv.gov

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Wisconsin

Prerequisites

At least 18 years old; High school diploma or equivalent

Training

1550 school hours in no less than 10 months / 3712 apprentice hours + 288 hours of theory instruction; Exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 4000 hours of practice or 2000 hours of practice + 150 training hours

Renewal

Renew in March of odd-numbered years; $82 fee

Reciprocity

Currently licensed in another state; Completed at least 4,000 hours of licensed practice

CEUs

4 board-approved CEUs every 2 years

State Board

Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
(608) 266-2112
dsps@wisconsin.gov

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Wyoming

Prerequisites

At least 16 years old; 10th grade education

Training

2000 school hours; Theory and practical exams

Instructor License

Cosmetology license + 1000 hours of instructor training

Renewal

First renewal occurs after one year of acquisition; then, renew every 2 years in the licensee’s birthday month; $96 fee

Reciprocity

Currently licensed in a state with equal requirements; Must have graduated from a state-recognized school and taken board-administered exams

CEUs

Not Required

State Board

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
(307) 777-3534
brenda.mathre@wyo.gov

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