NACAMS represents America’s 600,000+ cosmetologists, providing professional tools, public education, cosmetologist liability insurance, and issue advocacy. With 25 years of trust in the health, wellness, and beauty industry, NACAMS’ licensed professionals are the best protected cosmetologists in the industry.

COSMETOLOGIST INSURANCE

INSURANCE COMPARISON GRID

COSMETOLOGY STATE REQUIREMENTS

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Why do cosmetologists need liability insurance?

Cosmetology-InsuranceAs a working cosmetologist, you get up close and personal with your clients on a regular basis. Whether your primary skill is providing aesthetic support or creative skills, there is a reason you need cosmetology insurance. You strive to make your clients look and feel their best. Doing so is not only rewarding, but it also means repeat customers and positive word of mouth marketing about your skills as a cosmetologist. However, no matter how much effort you put into pampering and serving your clients so well, it is important to remember the basic black and white facts of business strategy and even the law when you become a professional cosmetologist.

In other words, you may be the best cosmetologist in your whole region, but if you do not have certain fundamental pieces in place for your career and your business, then you are building your business without a stable foundation. A strong foundation for a successful cosmetologist should include liability coverage. In fact, obtaining cosmetologist liability insurance may also be required by law.

The main reason insurance is so crucial is because you really never know when an accident might take place that results in a legal claim against you from one of your clients or another person who somehow suffered harm in association with your business. You can think of cosmetologist insurance as your safety net, there to catch you in case any such legal claim ever becomes a reality.

If you are wondering why you might need the safety net of cosmetology liability insurance, the reason comes in the form of dollars and cents. Legal claims of damage or injury can be quite expensive to settle, and without cosmetologist liability insurance, you will need to reach into your own pockets to pay out possible claims.

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What kind of coverage do I need?

There are three main areas of accident or injury that your insurance program should be designed to cover. The first is called general liability, and it refers to situations where a client or other person slips, trips, falls or has some other kind of accident on the property of your cosmetology business.

For example, if there is a small puddle of water near the washing station, and your client slips on it and ends up hitting her head or breaking her wrist, then you may find yourself facing a legal claim to pay for these damages. In scenarios such as this one, the general liability portion of your cosmetologist liability insurance would be called upon to cover the legal expenses.

The other two types of accident or injury that your cosmetology insurance should be designed to cover pertain to damage caused by either you or some kind of product used during the cosmetology appointment. These aspects of your coverage are referred to as malpractice and product liability.

As an example, if you accidentally burned someone with a hot tool during her appointment, she may make a claim of malpractice, which means she believes the burn occurred due to a lack of skill or competence on your part as the cosmetologist. This is why cosmetologist insurance exists in the first place. Much like automobile insurance, it is there to cover you when an accident—or an unexpected claim—takes place.

Get Insured with NACAMS Insurance Plus

NACAMS members receive the most comprehensive liability insurance program, Insurance Plus, at the lowest cost in the industry. NACAMS Insurance Plus covers more than 350 health, wellness, and beauty disciplines, and offers occurence form coverage—the preferred choice in the industry.

Plus, we offer one low annual rate of $159—no added fees—even if you practice multiple disciplines like cosmetology, aromatherapy and yoga. Enroll today and receive immediate coverage and proof of insurance as soon as you submit your brief, online application!

Disciplines Covered

NACAMS Insurance Plus covers a variety of cosmetology disciplines, including hair styling, skin esthetics, and nail care. Click on your discipline to find out if your practices are covered, or click here to view our complete list of covered modalities.

  • Chemical wave
  • Children
  • Custom wrap
  • Design, cut and style
  • Flash or balyage highlights
  • Hair bleaching
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair treatments
  • Hairshaping
  • Instruction
  • Permanent wave
  • Shampooing
  • Straightening
  • Thermal styling
  • Waves
  • Weave
  • Wet styling
  • Wig stylist
Nonmedical Care of Skin
  • Acne treatments
  • Body scrub
  • Chemical peel (no lasers)
  • Cold Light Series 6 Facials
  • Color consultations
  • Cosmetic massage
  • Dermaplanning
  • Eyebrow shaping
  • Eyebrow tinting
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Facials
  • Hair removal (no lasers)
  • Herbal wraps
  • Instruction
  • Make-up (not permanent)
  • Manicures
  • Micro-current Toning
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Pedicures
  • Salt scrubs
  • Skin peels
  • Ultra sonic facial
  • Ultra sound facials
  • Vitamin C peels
  • Waxing
  • Acrylic
  • Airbrush designs
  • Charms
  • False nails
  • Foot scrubs
  • Gel
  • Gems
  • Glitter
  • Instruction
  • Manicures
  • Nail art
  • Nail extensions
  • Nail repair
  • Painting
  • Paraffin pedicures
  • Pedicures
  • Polish
  • Stencil designs
  • Varnish
  • Youth

NACAMS Professional Policy

$159yearly
  • Professional & General Liability Insurance:
    $2 million per occurrence,
    $3 million individual annual aggregate
  • Product Coverage: $2 million
  • Rental Damage Insurance: $100,000
  • Identity Protection Plan
  • Stolen Equipment Insurance: $1,000
  • PLUS Free Professional Website
  • PLUS Exclusive Member Discounts

Cosmetology Insurance Comparison Grid

Benefit

NACAMS Insurance Plus

Beauty & Bodywork

Salon & Spa Association

Associated Skin Care Professionals

Hands On Trade

Annual Fee $159 $99 $199 / $229 $199 / $229 $155
Student Fee $10 for 6 months /
$25 for 12 months
$67 $169 $45 until graduation $75 for 12 months
Immediate Coverage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hour Qualification No No Yes Professional or Certified: 500 hrs/
Practitioner: 100 hrs
N/A
Required CEUs No No N/A 16 every 2 years if certified professional N/A
Professional & General Liability Insurance $2 million per occurrence, $3 million individual annual aggregate $2 million per occurrence, $3 million individual annual aggregate $2 million per claim, $3 million individual annual aggregate $2 million per occurrence, $6 million individual annual aggregate $2 million per occurrence, $3 million individual aggregate
($10 million shared)
Products Coverage $2 million $2 million $3 million $2 million Yes
Rental Damage Coverage $100,000 $300,000 $300,000 $100,000 $100,000
Stolen Equipment Coverage $1,000 ($250 deductible) $2,000 ($150 deductible) $2,000 Optional add-on: $95 for $10,000 coverage N/A
Identity Protection Plan Yes (see details) Yes Yes N/A N/A
Free Professional Website Yes N/A No Yes Yes
Free Magazine Yes – MASSAGE Magazine (monthly) N/A No Yes – Massage + Bodywork N/A
Occurrence Coverage Yes No No Yes No
NOTE: The information in this comparison has been gathered from the websites of each organization and other third-party sources. No guarantee or assurance is made by NACAMS as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.
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Cosmetologist State Requirements

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.

Find out if there are any special guidelines that you need to be aware of as you build your career by locating your state in the grid below:

State

Prerequisites

Cosmetology License

Cosmetology Instructor License

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

License Renewal

License Reciprocity (Transfer)

Alabama »
Alabama Board of Cosmetology
(334) 242-1918
cosmetology@aboc.alabama.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours in 3 years
• Written and practical exams
12th grade education + 1 year in practice + 650-hour teacher training course + exams • Master license: 8 CEUs for renewal
• Instructor license: 16 CEUs for renewal
• Renew every 2 odd-numbered years in the applicant’s birthday month
• $80 fee
• Submit current state certification
• Complete paperwork and pass necessary exams
Alaska »
Alaska Board of Barbers & Hairdressers
(907) 465-2547
cynthia.spencer@alaska.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school education or equivalent
• 1650 school hours / 2000 apprentice hours
• Written and practical exams
Exams + 3 years in practice OR 1 year in practice + 600 training hours Not required • Renew by Aug. 31 of odd-numbered years
• $160 fee / $240 instructor fee
• 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
Arizona »
Arizona State Board of Cosmetology
(480) 784-4539
• At least 23 years old
• 2 years of high school education or equivalent
• 1600 school hours
• Written and practical exams
1 year of licensure + 650 hours of training Not required • Renew every year by the practitioner’s birthday
• $30 fee
• At least 1 year of practice in current state of licensure within the five years prior to application
Arkansas »
Arkansas Department of Health – Cosmetology
(501) 682-2168
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Written and practical exams
600 hours in cosmetology teaching courses + exam Not required • Renew every 2 years by the practitioner’s birthday
• $80 fee
• Hold a valid cosmetology license
• Have certification of licensure and training
• Pass a state law exam
California »
California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
(800) 952-5210
barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1600 school hours / 3200 apprentice hours
• Written and practical exams
N/A Not required • Renew every 2 years, in odd-numbered years, by the original licensing date
• $50 fee
• Must hold a cosmetology license in good standing in home state
• Must be licensed 3 out of the last 5 years
Colorado »
Colorado Office of Barber & Cosmetologist Licensing
(303) 894-7427
Barber-Cosmetology@dora.state.co.us
• At least 16 years old • 1800 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 2 years of experience Not required • Renew every 2 years, in odd- or even-numbers years, by April 30
• $32 fee / $47 reinstate fee
• Submit an application for licensure by endorsement
• Hold a valid license from home state with equivalent requirements
Connecticut »
Connecticut Department of Public Health – Board for Barbers, Hairdressers & Cosmeticians
(860) 509-7603
dph.hairdresserteam@ct.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 8th grade education
• 1500 school hours
• Written exam
N/A 10 CEUs for renewal • Renew every 2 years by the last day of your birth month
• $100 fee
• Hold a valid license from a state with equivalent requirements
• Pass a written exam
Delaware »
Delaware Board of Cosmetology and Barbering(302) 744-4500
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
10th grade education or equivalent • 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours
• Theory and practical exams
500 training hours + cosmetology license, OR 250 training hours + 2 years of experience Not required • Renew by Oct. 31 of even-numbered years 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
Florida »
Florida Division of Professions, Board of Cosmetology
(850) 487-1395
• At least 16 years old
• High school diploma
• 1200 school hours
• Exams
16 board-approved CEUs for renewal • Renew by October 31
• Group 1 licenses: even-numbered years / Group 2 licenses: odd-numbered years
• $55 fee
• Hold an active license in another state with equal requirements
• Otherwise, must complete additional training hours to qualify for endorsement
Georgia »
Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
(478) 207-2440
• At least 17 years old • 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours in 18 months
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 750 training hours + exams 5 CEUS every 2 years for renewal • Renew bienally by March 31 of even-numbered years
• $50 fee
Must be licensed in a state or country that has similar requirements and grants reciprocity to Georgia licensees
Hawaii »
Hawaii Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
(808) 586-3000
barber_cosm@dcca.hawaii.gov
• At least 16 years old
• High school education or equivalent
• 1800 school hours / 3600 apprentice hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 600 teacher training hours Not required • Renew by March 31 of odd-numbered years
• $100 fee
• Completed similar or equivalent education requirements
• May be required to take written and practical exams
Idaho »
Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, Board of Cosmetology
(208) 334-3233
ibol@ibol.idaho.gov
• At least 16.5 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 2000 school hours / 4000 apprentice hours
• Exams
Cosm. license + 2 years experience + 1000 student teaching hours, ORcosm. license + 2-5 years experience + 500 student teaching hours Not required • Renew every year by applicant’s birthday
• $20 fee
• 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
Illinois »
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation – Cosmetology
(800) 560-6420
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Exams
Cosm. license + 1000 training hoursOR 2 years of experience + 500 training hours • Cosmetologists: 14 CEUs every 2 years
• Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years
• Renew by Sept. 30 of each odd-numbered year
• $25 fee per year
• Submit an application for licensure by endorsement
• Provide certification of licensure from current state board
Indiana »
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency – State Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners
(317) 234-3031
pla12@pla.in.gov
• At least 18 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 1000 training hours Not required • Renew every 4 years by August 1
• $40 fee
• Must be licensed in a state that requires 1500 training hours
• At least 70% passing on written and practical exams
Iowa »
Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
(515) 281-4416
rosemary.bonanno@idph.iowa.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 2100 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 1000 teacher training hours OR 2 years of experience in last 6 years 8 CEUS every 2 years • Renew by Dec. 31 of even-numbered years
• $60 fee
• Transfer through endorsement
• Must be licensed in a state with similar or equivalent requirements for 12 of the last 24 months
Kansas »
Kansas Board of Cosmetology
(785) 296-3155
kboc@kboc.ks.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 300 training hours + 450 teaching hours Not required • Renew every 2 years in the month of original licensure
• $60 fee
• Must be licensed in a state with similar or equivalent requirements
• Must pass an open book exam
Kentucky »
Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
(502) 564-4262
• At least 17 years old
• 12th grade education
• 1800 school hours
• Apprentice examination, written & practical
Cosmetology license for 1 year + 1000 training hours + instructor exams Not required • Renew every year between July 1-31
• $20 fee
• Must have a certification of license from state board that issued the license
• May be required to take exams
Louisiana »
Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology
(225) 756-3404
steve.young@la.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1500 school hourss
• State board exams
Cosmetology license + 500 training hours Not required • Renew every year by licensee’s birthday
• $25 fee
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)
Maine »
Maine Office of Professional & Occupational Regulation – Barbering & Cosmetology Licensing
(207) 624-8579
barbercosm.lic@maine.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1500 school hours / 2500 apprentice hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + work experience + 1000 training hours Instructors: 14 CEUs per year • Renew every year in October
• $50 fee
• Hold a valid license in another state with similar requirements
• If requirements differ, must pass state exams
Maryland »
Maryland Board of Cosmetologists
(410) 230-6320
cos@dllr.state.md.us
• At least 17 years old
• 9th grade education
• 1500 school hours / 24-month apprenticeship
• Exams
2 years of experience + senior cosmetologist exam + cosmetologist exam Not required • Renew every 2 years
• $25 fee
• Hold a valid license in another state with similar requirements
• Provide certification that license is current and in good standing
Massachusetts »
Board of Registration of Cosmetologists(617) 727-9940
kim.m.scully@state.ma.us
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1000 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 2 years as junior instructor Not required • Renew every 2 years by licensee’s birthday
• $68 fee
Must pass the state’s written and practical board exams
Michigan »
Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs – Cosmetology Department
(517) 241-8720
bcslic@michigan.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 9th grade education
• 1500 school hours / 2-year apprenticeship
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 500 training hours Not required • Renew every 2 years by the end of August
• $48 fee
Hold a valid license in another state with similar or greater requirements
Minnesota »
Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
(651) 201-2742
bceboard@state.mn.us
High school diploma or GED • 1550 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 1400 work hours + 38 training hours + 3 exams • Cosmetologists: 4 CEUs every 3 years
• Instructors: 45 CEUs every 3 years
• Renew every 3 years
• $81 fees
Verification of current licensure, high school diploma, completion of exams and an application for reciprocity
Mississippi »
Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
(601) 359-1820
• At least 17 years old
• Must be able to read, write and speak English
• High school education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours (9 mos.)
• Exams
Cosm. 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 • Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years
• Master cosmetologists: 16 CEUs every 2 years
• Renew every 2 years
• $50 fee
• Submit an application and an affidavit/ certification of training that meets Mississippi’s reciprocity requirements
• Appear for an application eligibility interview
Missouri »
Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
(573) 751-1052
cosbar@pr.mo.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours
• Theory and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 600 training hours Not required • Renew by Sept. 30 of odd-numbered years
• $30 fee
• Hold a current license in a state with substantially similar or superior requirements
• Practiced cosmetology for 2 consecutive years in another state
Montana »
Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(406) 841-2202
dlibsdcos@mt.gov
• At least 18 years old
• High school education or GED
• 2000 school/ course hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 650-hour teacher training course + 1 year of work experience • Cosmetologists: 30 CEUs every 2 years
• Instructors: 60 CEUs every 2 years
• Renew biennially by March 1
• $80 fee
• Hold a license in a state with comparable training and testing requirements
• Otherwise, may be required to take additional training hours plus national exams
Nebraska »
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services – Cosmetology
(402) 471-2117
Kris.Chiles@nebraska.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school education or equivalent
• Basic first aid class
• 2100 school hours (2000 credits)
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 925 training hours 8 CE hours biennially • Renew biennially by Dec. 31 of even-numbered years
• $118 fee
• 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
Nevada »
Nevada State Board of Cosmetology
(702) 486-6542
cosmo@nvcosmobd.nv.gov
• At least 18 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1800 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 500 training hours with a provisional instructor license OR 1000 hours without • Cosmetologists: 4 CE hours in Infection Control every 2 years
• Instructors: 30 CEUs every 2 years
• Renew by June 30, in every odd-numbered year
• $70 fee
• 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
New Hampshire »
New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetics
(603) 271-3608
• High school education or equivalent
• Good professional character
• 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours within 18 months
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 8 years of experience OR 500 training hours + 1 year of experienceOR 800 training hours Instructors: 28 CEUs every 2 years • Renew every 2 years by the last day of the licensee’s birthday month
• $40 fee
• 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
New Jersey »
New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling
(973) 504-6400
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 1200 school hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 6 months of employment + 500 school hours + 30-hour teaching methods course Not required • Renew by Sept. 30 of even-numbered years
• $60 fee
• Hold a current license in another state with satisfactory requirements
• Otherwise, must submit an “out-of-state” application and required documentation, and pass exams
New Mexico »
New Mexico Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
(505) 476-4622
barberscosmetologists@state.nm.us
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1600 school hours
• Written, practice and board jurisprudence exams
Cosmetology license + 1000 training hours Instructors: 12 CEUs per year • Renew every 2 years in licensee’s birthday month
• $50 fee
• 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
New York »
New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services – Cosmetology
(518) 474-4429
licensing@dos.ny.gov
At least 17 years old • 1000 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 2 years of experience + Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) exam Not required • Renew every 4 years
• $40 fee
• 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
North Carolina »
North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners(919) 733-4117
nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com
• 1500 school hours
• Board exams
Cosmetology license + 800-hour training program ORproof of 5 years full-time work in a cosmetic art shop • Cosmetologists: 24 CE hours every 3 years
• Instructors: 8 CEUs every year
• Renew every 3 years by Oct. 1
• $23 fee
• Hold a current license in good standing, meaning no disciplinary actions
• Licensed in a state that offers reciprocity to North Carolina
North Dakota »
North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology
(701) 224-9800
cosmo@midconetwork.com
High school diploma • 1800 school hours
• Written, practical and state law exams
Cosmetology license + 1 year of experience + 160 training hours Instructors: 8 board-approved CEUs every year • Renew every year by Dec. 31
• $15 fee
• 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
Ohio »
Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
(614) 466-3834
sue.gatwood@cos.state.oh.us
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1500 school hours
• Exams
Managing cosmetology license + 1000 training hours OR 1 year of salon experience 8 board-approved CEUS every 2 years • Renew by Jan. 31 of every odd-numbered year
• $45 fee
• Does not offer reciprocity
• Must take and pass Ohio’s practical, theoretical and manager exams
Oklahoma »
Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering
(405) 521-2441
mhays@cosmo.ok.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 8th grade education
• 1500 school hours or 3000 apprentice hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + exams + 1000 training hoursOR 500 hours + 2 years of recent licensed work experience Not required • Renew annually, on the last day of the licensee’s birthday month
• $25 fee
• 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
Oregon »
Oregon Health Licensing Agency – Board of Cosmetology
(503) 378-8667
hlo.info@state.or.us
None • 1800 school hours
• 150 hours of safety/ infection control + 100 hours of career development
• Written and state law exams
2 years of training + 1 year of work experience as a certified practitioner following licensure + teacher registration (issued by the Department of Education) Instructors: 30 CE hours for renewal of teacher registration • Renew every 2 years by the last day of the month of issuance
• $40 fee
• Submit an affidavit of licensure and a qualifying application
• Pass the written exam, which includes the Oregon Laws & Rules exam
Pennsylvania »
Pennsylvania Department of State – Board of Cosmetology
(717) 783-7130
st-cosmetology@pa.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1250 school hours / 2000 approved apprentice hours in 8 months
• Theory and practical exams
12th grade education + cosmetology license + 500 training hours + exams • Renew every 2 years, in even/odd-numbered years, by Jan. 31
• $67 fee
• Hold a current license
• Have 2 years of working experience from the original licensure dates
Rhode Island »
State of Rhode Island Department of Health – Board of Barbering & Hairdressing
(401) 222-2828
maureen.slowik@health.ri.gov
• At least 18 years old
• Of good moral character
• U.S. citizen / legal entry
• High school education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license for at least 3 years + 300 hours of teacher training + exams Not required • Renew every 2 years by Sept. 30, on an odd-even year basis
• $67 fee
• Hold a license in another state with equivalent educational requirements (work experience may be considered)
• Pass licensing exams
South Carolina »
South Carolina Board of Cosmetology(803) 896-4588
BoardInfo@llr.sc.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Exams
High school diploma or GED + cosmetology license + 45-hour teaching methods course + 2 years in practice OR750-hour instructor training program • Cosmetologists: 12 CEUs biennially
• Instructors: 24 CEUs biennially
• Renew every 2 years by March 10
• $52 fee
• Hold a current license, which is in good standing, in another state
• Must have passed a nationally recognized exam
South Dakota »
South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
(605) 773-6193
cosmetology@state.sd.us
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or GED
• 2100 school hours
• NIC written, NIC practical and state law exams
Cosmetology license + 1000 hours of salon experience + 1012 clock-hour instructor education program Instructors: 12 CE hours of a commission-approved course per year • Renew on or before the licensee’s birth date every year
• $20 fee
• 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
Tennessee »
Tennessee Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners
(615) 741-2515
Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1500 school hours
• Written and practical exams
High school diploma or GED + cosmetology license + 300 hours of instructor training in 6 months OR 1 year of junior instruction Instructors: 16 CEUs every 2 years • Renew every 2 years before license expiration date
• $50 fee
• Provide proof of a current license from another state with equal requirements
• May substitute with proof of 5 years of work experience
Texas »
Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation – Board of Cosmetology
(800) 803-9202
CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 1500 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Operator license + 750 hours of instructor trainingOR 1 year of work experience + 500 hours of instructor training 4 CE hours through department-approved courses • Renew every 2 years by date of original licensure
• $53 fee
• Licensed in a state with substantially equivalent requirements
• In some cases, work experience may be credited
Utah »
Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing – Cosmetology & Barbering
(801) 530-6628
doplweb@utah.gov
• At least 17 years old
• Of good moral character
• 1600 school hours / 2500 apprentice hours
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 1000-hour instructor training program OR 3000 hours of experience Not required • Renew by Sept. 30 of odd-numbered years
• $52 fee
• Submit verification of current license
• Must meet educational or experience requirements and exam requirements
Vermont »
Vermont Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
(802) 828-1134
kshangraw@sec.state.vt.us
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or GED
• 1500 school hours / 24-month apprenticeship
• Theory, practical and state law exams
Cosmetology license + 3 years of full-time experience + exams Instructors: 24 CEUs every 2 years • Renew by Nov. 30 of odd-numbered years
• $130 fee
• Hold a license in a state whose requirements are equal or superior to Vermont’s
• Pass a state law exam
Virginia »
Virginia Board for Barbers & Cosmetology(804) 367-85098
BarberCosmo@dpor.virginia.gov
None • 1500 school hours / 3000 apprentice hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + post-secondary course in teaching techniquesOR board-approved instructor training course ORcosmetology instruction exam Not required • Renew every 2 years by date of original licensure
• $40 fee
• Have a current license in a state with substantially similar training requirements
• Submit application for endorsement and proof of licensure
Washington »Washington State Department of Licensing – Cosmetologists
(360) 664-6626
plssunit@dol.wa.gov
• At least 17 years old • 1600 school hours / 2000 apprentice hours
• Written and performance exams
Cosmetology license + 500 classroom hours + exams Not required • Renew every 2 years
• $55 fee
• Have a current license in good standing in another state
• If licensed in another country, must pass state exams
West Virginia »West Virginia State Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
(304) 558-2924
adam.l.higginbotham@wv.gov
• At least 18 years old
• High school education
• Of good moral character
• 1800 school hours
• Written and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 5 years of recent salon experience + interview + exam 4 CEUs per year • Renew annually
• $35 fee
• If licensed in a NIC state, must pass state law exam
• If licensed in a non-NIC state, submit an application for review
Wisconsin »Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
(608) 266-2112
dsps@wisconsin.gov
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 1550 school hours in no less than 10 months / 3712 apprentice hours + 288 hours of theory instruction
• Exams
Cosmetology license + 4000 hours of practiceOR 2000 hours of practice + 150 training hours 4 board-approved CEUs every 2 years • Renew in March of odd-numbered years
• $82 fee
• Currently licensed in another state
• Completed at least 4,000 hours of licensed practice
Wyoming »Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
(307) 777-3534
brenda.mathre@wyo.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 2000 school hours
• Theory and practical exams
Cosmetology license + 1000 hours of instructor training Not required • First renewal occurs after one year of acquisition; then, renew every 2 years in the licensee’s birthday month
• $96 fee
• Currently licensed in a state with equal requirements
• Must have graduated from a state-recognized school and taken board-administered exams