NACAMS represents America’s 35,000+ estheticians, providing professional tools, public education, liability insurance, and issue advocacy. With 25 years of trust in the health, wellness, and beauty community, NACAMS members are the best protected estheticians in the industry.

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Why do estheticians need liability insurance?

cosmo3When we talk about the close and physical work that estheticians perform on their clients, we are talking about all those services that are on your menu and available to clients. Services such as waxing and extraction facials bring you up close and personal with your clients, and there is an element of risk involved with this type of work.

When you add in the fact that estheticians are often working with potentially dangerous products and tools, the risk of a client suffering some kind of harm seems to go up. For example, if a client has booked an appointment with you for a brow wax, but the heat on your wax somehow got turned up too high, you might end up burning that client during the session. Remember: Even the most careful and professional esthetician is not immune to accidents or equipment malfunctions now and again.

In the above example, if the client who was burned during the brow wax decided to sue you for the damages she suffered, then you would want liability insurance on your side. If you did not possess insurance, then you would have to bear the financial burden of the legal process and possible settlement cost.

With esthetician liability insurance, however, the high cost associated with claims does not come out of your own pocket. An esthetician policy is designed specifically to provide the necessary financial support and coverage in incidents  such as the one described above.

Many different services may fall within the skill set of a successful professional esthetician. These services might include everything from waxing and soothing facials to chemical peels and microdermabrasion. In this industry, where you work so closely and physically with each client, it is important to have solid esthetician liability insurance on your side. Securing insurance means you will have malpractice liability coverage, which is essential when involved with risk.

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What types of coverage do I need?

In the most basic terms, esthetician insurance exists to serve as a financial safety net for professional estheticians. Such a policy is there to provide monetary coverage in the case of legal claims of damage or injury associated with the work of the professional esthetician.

Depending on the nature of the brow burn case described above, the portion of your insurance that would kick in to provide the financial coverage would either by the malpractice liability or product liability.

If the client believes the burn was due to a lack of skill or competence on your part as the professional esthetician, then the claim would fall under the coverage of malpractice, or professional, liability insurance. However, if the too-hot wax was the result of equipment malfunction, then the claim may fall under the product liability portion of your insurance instead.

Any esthetician liability insurance you purchase should come complete with both of these types of liability coverage, along with a third kind of coverage for general liability. General liability, also known as trip and fall coverage, is there for cases where a client or other person slips, trips, falls or otherwise suffers an accident on the property of your esthetician studio or inside your session room. The policy you choose should certainly include the above mentioned forms of coverage, but it should also offer you even more protection in exchange for that small annual payment. Look for a program that also gives you rental damage coverage, and stolen equipment coverage.

If you do your homework, you can gain incredible peace of mind with the various forms of protection you bring on board when you sign up for a solid esthetician insurance policy.

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NACAMS Insurance Plus
NACAMS members receive the most comprehensive liability insurance program, Insurance Plus, at the lowest cost in the industry.

One policy covers over 350 wellness and beauty modalities for the low annual rate of $159. No added fees—even if you practice multiple disciplines like skin esthetics, aromatherapy, and massage. Sign up today and receive instant coverage and proof of insurance!

Esthetician Techniques Covered

Check the list below to find out if your esthetician practices are covered, or click here to view our complete list of 350+ covered modalities.

  • 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

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

Esthetician Insurance Comparison Grid

Benefit

NACAMS Insurance Plus

Beauty & Bodywork

Salon & Spa Association

ASCP/ ABMP

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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Esthetician State Requirements

Estheticians provide priceless services to their clients, helping each client look and feel wonderful. NACAMS provides liability insurance for estheticians nationwide so that each esthetician can focus on doing the best work possible while not having to worry about any “what-ifs” that could go wrong during the course of a treatment.

For only $159 per year, estheticians can receive the quality, comprehensive coverage they deserve, avoiding the costly impact that a lawsuit can bring. Even the most careful esthetician can make a mistake, or encounter one of those hard-to-please clients that finds fault in a treatment, even if nothing really went wrong.

Learn more about what it takes in each state to become a licensed esthetician and any additional liability insurance requirements for business owners or individual practitioners:

State

Prerequisites

Training

Instructor License

Renewal

Reciprocity

CEUs

Alabama »
Alabama Board of Cosmetology
(800) 815-7453
cosmetology@aboc.alabama.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 1,000 clock hours or 2,000 hours under supervision of licensed esthetician
• Theory and Practical exams
• 12th grade education
• Hold a valid license
• 1 year in practice + 650 hours licensed or registered in school OR 1,500-hour teacher training course exams
• Renewed in odd-number years during esthetician’s birth month
• $80
• Request certification to be sent from current state;
• Wait 2 weeks to contact board for paperwork to fill out and to be notified of any required exams
• $100 fee
• 8 hours
• 16 hours for instructor
Alaska »
Alaska Board of Barbers & Hairdressers
(907) 465-2547
license@alaska.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school education or equivalent
• 350 school hours or 350 hours of apprenticeship program training
• Written and practical exams
• 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
• Renew by Aug. 31 of odd-numbered years
• $140 fee
• $220 instructor fee
• Current license must be in a state with equivalent requirements
• 1 year of full-time employment + 1500 school hours OR 2 years of full-time employment
Not required
Arizona »
Arizona State Board of Cosmetology
(480) 784-4539
• At least 23 years old
• 2 years of highschool education or equivalent
• 500 hours
• Theory and Practical exams
• 23 years old or high school equivalency
• Holds a professional license
• 650 hours professional experience
• Every year on the licensee’s birthday
• $30 fee
• Fill out application provided by Board
• Certification of hours and proof of graduation or license from US state or foreign country to reflect school hours and initial and final dates of license
• $110 fee
Not required
Arkansas »
Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
(501) 682-2168
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 600 hours
• Written and Practical exams
• Hold a professional license
• Minimum of 600 instructor training hours over a minimum of 4 months
• Registered as instructor-trainee with the Department
• Every 2 years
• $50 fee
• Licensee requests that current state send a certification of license record be sent to the Cosmetology Section
• Provide certification of exam record and proof of training
• $150 fee
Not required
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 or 3200 hour apprenticeship program, or externship program
• Written and Practical exams
• Every 2 years
• Expires at midnight on last day of month of issuance
• $50 fee
• Provide proof of current license
• Must have been active for 3 of the past 5 years, without any disciplinary actions having been taken
• $40 fee
Not required
Colorado »
Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
(303) 894-7800
dora_registrations@state.co.us
• At least 16 years old • 20 credit hours (600 clock hours)
• Written and Practical exams
Repealed • Renew by March 31 of even-numbered years
• $26
• $41 instructor fee
• Must provide an application for licensure by endorsement
• Hold a valid cosmetology license from the home state with similar or equivalent licensing requirements
• Required licensing fees
*Military spouses can work for up to 1 year in Colorado with another state’s license if they’ve applised for a Colorado cosmetology license.
Not required
Connecticut »
*There is no licensure or certification offered or required for nail techs or estheticians in Connecticut.
Delaware »
State of Delaware Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
(302) 744-4500
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
• At least 16 years old • 1,500 hours / 3000 apprentice hours
• Written and Practical exams
• Hold a professional license
• 500-hour teacher training course OR 2 years’ experience with 250 hours of teacher training
• Renew by March 31 of even-numbered years • proof of current license in US state, District of Columbia or US territory with similar standards for license Not required
Florida »
State of Delaware Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
(302) 744-4500
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
• At least 16 years old
• received high school diploma or equivalent
• 260 hours
• Written exam
• Renew by October 31 (Group 1 licenses in even-numbered years / Group 2 licenses in odd-numbered years)
• $55 fee
• No reciprocity program
• Home state must offer similar education and test requirements
16 hours of board-approved CEUs
Georgia »
Georgia Board of Cosmetology
(404) 656.2881
• At least 17 years old
• must have good moral character
• 1000 hours / 2000 hours apprenticeship
• Written and practical exams
• Hold a current license at esthetician or master level
• High school diploma or G.E.D
• 500-hour board-approved instructor training in esthetics of at least 9 months
• One year work experience at esthetician or master level
• Written and Practical exams
every 2 years; on March 31 of even numbered years; $50 submit reciprocity application to Georgia Board of Cosmetology; verify license in home state and proof of training hours 5 CEUs/ 2 years
Hawaii »
Georgia Board of Cosmetology
(404) 656.2881
• At least 16 years of age
• High school education or equivalent
600 Hours / 1200 Apprenticeship • Hold a current license
• One year of work experience
• No less than 600 hours (or 4 months) of beauty school instructor training
• *If training isn’t equivalent, the applicant can provide proof of one year of instructor experience
• Every 2 years
• December 31 of odd-numbered years
• $100 fee
Must show proof of similar/equivalent testing and education requirements to those of HI Not required
Idaho »
Idaho Board of Cosmetology
(208) 334-3233
cos@ibol.idaho.gov
• At least 16.5 years of age
• Finished at least two years of high school or equivalent
• 600 Hours / 1200 Apprenticeship
• Written and Practical exams
• Hold a current license
• Complete six-month teacher’s course of instruction in a school of cosmetology OR two years of work experience in a registered cosmetology establishment and a 3-motnh teacher’s course of instruction in a school of cosmetology OR 5 years of work experience immediately preceding application for instructor license
• Every year on licensee’s birthday
• $20 fee
• 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
Not required
Illinois »
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
• At least 16 years of age
• At least an 8th grade education with a high school diploma or equivalent, or take the Ability to Benefit test
• 750 hours/ 25 credit hour equivalency • 500 hour teacher- training program with 2 years’ experience
*Must use 750 hours/ 25 credit hour equivalency of instruction
• Expires on September 30 of every even-numbered year • Provide official certification of licensure from the Illinois board of cosmetology showing home state of current license and practice • 14 CEUs
• 24 CEUs for instructors
Indiana »
Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
(317) 234-3031
pla12@pla.in.gov
• At least 18 years of age
• At least 10th grade education or equivalent
700 hours Repealed • Every 4 years on August 1 • Current license must meet the same standards that Indiana requires OR have a minimum of 1000 hours of training, plus 5 years of work history
• $40 fee
Not required
Iowa »
Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure
(515) 281-0254
• Must have a high school diploma or GED • 600 hours
• Written Exam
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Hold a current license
• Complete 1,000-hour instructor training OR have practiced for two years within six months prior to applying for licensure
• Complete Advanced Instructors Institute training
• Every 2 years, on December 31 of even-numbered years
• $50 fee
• No reciprocity arrangements with other states
• Licensure through endorsement is an option
• Each application for transfer is reviewed by the Iowa board of cosmetology on a case by case basis
• Applicants’ home state must have similar or equivalent licensing requirements to those of Iowa
• 8 CEUs
• Instructors: 8 CEUs, plus 8 hours in teaching methodology
Kansas »
Kansas Board of Cosmetology
(785) 296-3155
kboc@kboc.ks.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school graduate, or equivalent
1000 hours • Hold a current license
• Work experience for one year prior to licensure and 300 hours of instructor training OR completed 450 hours of instructor training
• Esthetician Instructor exam, administered by board
• Every 2 years in the month of original licensure
• $45 fee
• No reciprocity program
• Complete the out of state application from the Kansas board of cosmetology
• If applicant meets the requirements, he or she must complete a 20-question open book exam
• $50 fee
Instructors: 20 CEUs
Kentucky »
Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
(502)-564-4262
12th grade education 1000 hours • Apprentice Instructor:
-Hold a current license
-12th grade education or equivalent
-1,000 hours
-Written and Practical exam
-NIC National Instructor exam
-To become an apprentice instructor:
• Dual Cosmetology/Esthetic Instructor:
-Hold a current license
-Completed 8 CEUs OR 50 hours in esthetics training within the last two years
-Written exam
• Renewed every year, between July 1 and 31
• $20 fee
• Out of state applicants must have their home state board of cosmetology send the correct state certificate
• Applicant will need to fill out the application and submit it.
• Applicants may be required to take the Kentucky written or practical board exams
Not required
Louisiana »
Louisiana Board of Cosmetology
(866) 257-7901
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade high school education
750 hours • 500 hours of instructor curriculum
• Exams:
-Instructor Qualities
-Learning Environment
• Every year on licensee’s birthday
• $25 fee
• No reciprocity program with Texas, Kansas, Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, New york, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts or Maryland.
• Out of state applicants will need to take:
NIC Exam ($25),
State Theory Exam ($25)
Practical exam ($25)
• $50 reciprocity license fee
Not required
Maine »
Maine Barbering and Cosmetology Licensing
(207) 624-8579
barbercosm.program@maine.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 600 hours / 1000 hours Apprenticeship
• Exam
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Hold a valid license
• 1,500 hours of work experience within 3 years preceding the date of application
*up to 500 hours may be substituted with 100 hours for each college credit earned.
• Annually on October 31
• $50 fee
• Licensure by endorsement offered if licensees’ home state has similar training hour requirements and board exams
• Applicant may be required to take Maine’s board exam if his or her state doesn’t have similar licensing requirements
14 CEUs
Maryland »
Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
(410) 230-6320
cos@dllr.state.md.us
• At least 17 years old
• 9th grade education or GED
• 600 school hours / 12-month apprenticeship
• Practical and Theory exams
• every 2 years on license expiration date
• $25 fee
• Must provide certification that license was obtained under the same standards,
• Must be in good standing
• License must be current
• Must be eligible for licensure by endorsement
Not required
Massachusetts »
Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
617-727-9940
sandra.m.velasquez@state.ma.us
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 300 hours
• Practical and Written exams
• 2 years of experience
• Minimum of 2 years experience as a junior assistant instructor
• Must file an application with the Board accompanied by required fees
• Achieve a passing score on a practical and written examination satisfactory to the Board
• Renew license 1 year after taking exam
• Then, renew every 2 years by the licensee’s birthday
• $68 fee
• No reciprocity accepted from other states
• Take the MA’s written and practical board exams ($120)
• $135 for transfer application
• $68 for the license
Not required
Michigan »
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
(517) 241-9288
•At least 17 years old
• Minimum of a 9th grade education
400 hours (6-month apprenticeship) • 500-hour cosmetology instructor program or 300-hour instructor program pertaining to esthetics
• Exam
• First year license is valid through the upcoming August
• Then, renewed every 2 years by the end of August
• $48
• Training and testing requirements in home state must be substantially equal to Michigan’s requirements
• If the states’ requirements aren’t similar, licensee’s may be required to take additional training hours, and the Michigan written and practical exams
• $39 fee
Not required
Minnesota »
Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
(651) 201-2742
bce.board@state.mn.us
• 12th grade education or have a G.E.D. • 600 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Completion of MN Board-approved 38-hour instructor training course
• Passing results from exams, not more than one year old:
-MN Practical exam
-MN Instructor Laws and Rules Written exam
-General Instructor written exam
• At least 1,400 hours of work experience within the last 3 years
• Every 3 years, with the end of year marking each year
• $81
• $114 fee for instructors
• Current state must show verification of licensure, high school diploma, completion of exams and an application for reciprocity
• $39 fee
*Verification letter is valid up to 90 days
*If licensee is short on required hours, he or she may make up the difference with training hours in either the home state or Minnesota
Not required
Mississippi »
Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
(601) 359-1820
• At least 17 years old
• Must be able to read, write and speak English
• Must have a high school education of its equivalent
• 600 hours (At Least 15 Weeks)
• Exam
• Hold an Esthetician License
• 600 hours for applicants with 2+ years work experience OR 1,000 hours for applicants with less than 2 years experience
• Every 2 years • Submit an application of intent to apply for licensure
• Have a record of training and license status sent from the home state to the Mississippi Board of Cosmetology
• Appear before the board for a credentialing interview
• Determined on a case-by-case basis
• 16 CEUs
• 24 CEUs for instructors
Missouri »
Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Board of Cosmetology and Barbers Examiners
(866) 762-9432
cosbar@pr.mo.gov
• 17 years old
• At least a 10th grade education or a G.E.D. certificate
750 hours (1500-hour apprenticeship) • 600 hours of instructor training OR 3 years of experience and 300 hours of instructor training
• Passing score (75%) on Written and Oral exams
• Every 2 years, on September 30 of odd-numbered years
• $30 fee
• Depends on home states’ training hours in comparison to those of Missouri
• NIC testing required for all transfers
Only required for instructors
Montana »
Montana Department of Labor and Industry; Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(406) 841-2205
dlibsdcos@mt.gov
• At least 18 years old
• Have a high school diploma or G.E.D
650 hours • 650-hour teacher training course OR at least 3 years of work experience
• Applicant has two years to complete board-approved coursework in order for license to teach to be renewed
• Every 2 years in the licensing month
• $80 fee
• $95 fee for instructors
• Pass both the national NIC written and practical exams
• Hold an active license from home state
• 15 every year, totaling 30 per license period
• For instructors, 30 every year, totaling 60 per license period
Nebraska »
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services- Cosmetology
(402) 471-2117
Kris.Chiles@nebraska.gov
• At least 17 years old
• Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Complete a basic first aid class
• 600 hours
• Written exam
• Hold a current esthetician license in Nebraska;
• Ability to identify/respond to emergency situations related to the practice of esthetics
• Complete 300 hours of esthetics instructor training; must be earned exclusively in either a school of cosmetology or school of
esthetics. (no hours may be transferred to/from another type of establishment)
• Passed the licensure examination with an average score of 75%.
every 2 years, renew by Sept. 30 of even years • Have completed at least 2100 training hours and state issued exam from home state
• If short of 2100 hours, work experience or additional training hours may be considered
• $95
8 CEUs every 2 years
Nevada »
Nevada Cosmetology Board
(702) 486-6542
nvcosmbd@govmail.state.nv.us
• At least 18 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
900 hours • Every 2 years on licensee’s birthday
• Pass online infection control test (watch video and answer questions)
• $70 fee
• Hold a license in good standing from home state
• Provide proof of passing NIC written exam
• Take Nevada law exam
30 cosmetology CEUs
New Hampshire »
New Hampshire Cosmetology Board
(603) 271-3608
• 12th grade education or GED equivalent
• Must possess a good professional character
• 600 hours (1200-hour Apprenticeship)
• Exam
• Every 2 years, in licensee’s birth month
• $40 fee
• Must have an equivalent or higher number of training hours from home state than NH requires
• Passed written and practical national exam in English
• If short on training hours, licensee must possess twice the amount of hours of work experience, or take additional training hours
28 CEUs for cosmetology instructors
New Jersey »
New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling
(973) 504-6400
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 600 hours
• Exam
• Hold a license issued by the Board
• Completion of 500-hour teacher training
• Completion of 30-hour teaching methods course, or equivalent course
• Six months of employment in a licensed shop within this state.
• Pass an examination administered by the Board
• Every 2 years, renew by Sept. 30 of even-numbered years
• $60 fee
• Licensure by endorsement offered
• Meet NJ requirements for licensure
• Hold a current license
Not required
New Mexico »
New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(505)476-4622
• At least 17 years old
• Minimum of 2 years in high school or an equivalent
600 hours • Holds a license
• Passed board approved exam
• Required fees and documentation
• 4-year high school education or equivalent
• Every year, during licensee’s birth month
• $50
• Furnish an affidavit from home state’s regulatory agency where currently and actively licensed
• Hold a current license, in good standing with your home state
• Completed equal or comparable training hours
• If lacking hours, licensee may substitute up to 150 hours of verified work experience in lieu of the minimum hours; any remaining would need to be taken in school
• Only required for instructors
• 12 CEUs every year for instructors
New York »
New York Division of Licensing Services
(518) 474-4429
• At least 17 years old
• Must have a certificate from a physician stating the individual is free from communicable diseases
• 600 hours
• Written and Practical exams
• Every 4 years
• $40
• No reciprocity program
• Endorsement agreements with: Alaska; Arizona; Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Maine; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New Hampshire; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Utah; West Virginia; Wyoming
Not required
North Carolina »
North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
(919)-733-4117
nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com
n/a • 600 hours
• Pass exam with score of 75% or higher
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Has been in active practice for three years of full-time work prior to filling out application
• Passed written and practical exams
• Every year
• $20
• Hold a current license from home state
• Passed a state board exam or national cosmetology exam
• Have no disciplinary action against license
• $15 fee
8 CEUs a year
North Dakota »
North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology
(701) 224-9800
Email:cosmo@midconetwork.com
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. • 600 hours
• Exams:
-NIC Written
-ND State Practical
-ND Sanitation practices and cosmetology law
• Hold a current ND license and 960 hours of instructor’s training
• OR engaged in practice for 1 year, with no less than 480 hours of instructor’s training
• OR hold a current ND license and actively working for at least 3 years
• Annual
• $15 fee
• $20 instructor fee
• Out-of-state applicants not taking the exam must provide an application and pay applicable fees
• Provide proof of license, with good standing
• Show that home state license requirements equal those of ND
*3,000 work hours may equal 300 training hours; if not, applicant may have to take the ND exam for sanitation practices and cosmetology law
• Not required for operator license
• 8 pre-board approved house for instructor license
Ohio »
Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
(614) 466-3834
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
750 hours (+ 16-hour training to do microdermabrasion) • 18 years old
• Has good moral character;
• 12th grade education or equivalent
• Holds a current, valid license
• Pay applicable fee
• Renewed on January 31 on every odd-numbered year
• $45 fee
• No reciprocity with other states
• Pass state’s written, practical and manager’s exam
8 CEUs
Oklahoma »
Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology
(405) 521-2441
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
600 hours of study or 1200 hours of apprenticeship
Pass a written and practical exam
• Oklahoma Facial Operator license
• Exams
• High school diploma
• 1000 hours of study, OR 500 hours + 2 years of recent licensed experience
Renew on the last day of birthday month annually • Education and work experience must by equal to or greater than OK’s state requirements
• 3 years of currently licensed work experience
• If both requirements aren’t met, licensees may be required to take OK board exams
• Not meeting both requirements may cause licensee to be required to take additional training hours
• $65 fee
Not required
Oregon »
Oregon Board of Cosmetology
(503) 373-1986
n/a • 250 hours
• 150 hours in Safety/Infection Control
• 100 hours of Career Development
• Practical and Written exams
• Combination of at least two years of education and work experience
-minimum of one year work experience as a certified practitioner
-If education component is less than one year, additional work experience may be required to meet two-year minumum
• $50 applicant fee
• Every 2 years, at the end of the month of licensure
• $40 fee
• For instructors, renew on July 31, every 3 years
• $25 fee for instructors
• Verification of current license in good standing
• Oregon Laws and Rules exam
• Pass exam in field of practice
• $100 fee
• Not required
• For instructors, 30 clock hours every 36 months
Pennsylvania »
Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
(717) 783-7130
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
300 hours in a licensed cosmetology school
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• State Board examination (consists of theory and practical)
• 18 years old
• 12th grade education or equivalent
• Hold a current cosmetologist license
• 500 hours of a cosmetology teacher curriculum
• Teacher exam
• Every two years
• $35 practitioner fee
• $55 instructor fee
• No reciprocity program with Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Utah
• $20 transfer fee
Not required
Rhode Island »
Division of Hairdressing and Barbering
(401) 222-5960
•At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• No 600 hours of continuous study and practice within at least 4 months
• Written and Practical exams
• Has held a license for at least three years preceding the date of application for instructor’s license
• Completed 300 hours of Department approved teacher training
• Passed Department approved exam
• Every two years, except for licensee’s first year of licensure (must be renewed after one year)
• $50 fee
• No reciprocity program; offers licensure by endorsement
• Must meet RI requirements
• If licensee doesn’t meet criteria, he or she must get additional training hours at school
*For esthetics, 15 month of work can be equivalent to 200 training hours
• $25 fee
Not required
South Carolina »
South Carolina Board of Cosmetology
(803) 896-4300
BoardInfo@llr.sc.gov
• At least 16 years old
• At least a 10th grade education
• 450 hours
• Written and Practical exams
• 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
Renew every two years, by March 10 • Education and work experience needs to be equal to or greater than SC requirements • Operators: 12 CEUs
• Instructors: 24 CEUs
South Dakota »
South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
(605) 773-6193
cosmetology@state.sd.us
•At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• 600 hours
• Pass exams:
-NIC national written
-NIC national practical
-South Dakota state laws/rules
• Junior Instructor:
-1,000 hours of salon experience
-Complete a 12 clock-hour pre-approved instructor education course
-Pass South Dakota Instructor Laws/Rules written test
-Enroll in 1,000 clock-hour instructor education program
• Senior Instructor:
-Hold an esthetician license
-1,000 hours of salon experience
-Complete 1,000 clock-hour instructor education program
-Pass South Dakota Instructor Laws/Rules written test
• Renew annually
• $20 practitioner’s fee
• Education and work experience must be equal to or greater than SD requirements
• Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
• $100 fee
• Senior Instructor: 12 clock-hour pre-approved instructor education (may be waived by attending the Commission’s Instructor Seminar
Tennessee »
Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
(800) 480-9285
Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov
• At least 16 years old • 750 hours
• Written and Practical exams
• Hold a valid license
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Written and Practical exams
• 300-hour board-approved instructor training course within a six-month period OR complete service as a junior instructor for at least one year
• Junior instructor: holds a valid license, and trains under the supervision of a licensed instructor for at least 3 years
• Every 2 years
• Can be renewed up to 60 days before expiration date
• $50 fee
• $60 fee for instructors
• Proof of meeting TN’s minimum required training hours and/or proof of a 5-year work history
• If licensee is unable to meet these requirements, he or she must submit an application to the board, and may be required to take additional training hours to meet requirements
• Instructors:16 CEUs
Texas »
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
(800) 803-9202
CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• 750 hours
• Written and Practical exams
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Hold an active operator license
• Completed 750-hour course of instruction in methods of teaching OR have at least one year of work experience with a commission-approved training program including 500 hours of instruction in cosmetology
• Written and Practical exams
• Every 2 years, by the date of original licensure
• $50 Esthetician license fee
• $60 Instructor fee
• No reciprocity with Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania or Puerto Rico
• If licensee is from one of these states, contact TX board for inquiry of required special exams or additional training hours
• $100 transfer fee
• Speciality Operator License: 4 department-approved CEUs
• Instructor License: 6 department-approved CEUs
Utah »
Utah Division of Occupation and Professional Licensing, Board of Cosmetology
(801) 530-6628
doplweb@utah.gov
N/A • 600 hours OR 800 hours Apprenticeship (at least 5 months)
• Practical and Theory exams
• Hold a Master Esthetician license
• Complete a 300-hour teacher training program OR documentation of 1,000 hours of work experience as a licensed esthetician
• Pass NIC Instructor exam within one year prior to application for instructor license
• Every two years, on September 30 in odd-numbered years
• Esthetician:$52
• Master Esthetician: $68
• Instructor licenses don’t expire if licensee maintains an active primary license
• No reciprocity program
• License by endorsement offered if licensee meets UT requirements
Not required
Vermont »
Vermont Secretary of State- Professional Regulation; Barbers and Cosmetologists
(802) 828-1134
kara.shangraw@sec.state.vt.us
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• 600 hours OR Apprenticeship (800 to 1,200 hours in 12 to 18 months)
• Written and Practical exams
• Vermont laws and rules exam
• Three full-time years of work experience OR sufficient teacher education and experience equivalent to three years of experience (determined by Board)
• Hold a valid license
• Pass Board-approved instructor’s exam
• Every 2 years, on November 30 in odd-numbered years
• $120 fee
• Not required for practitioner’s licenses
• Licensure by endorsement
• Home state requirements must be equivalent to those of VT
• Take Vermont’s Laws and Rules exam
• $90 fee
• Not required for practitioner’s licenses
• Instructors: 24 CEUs
Virginia »
Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology
(804) 367-8590
BarberCosmo@dpor.virginia.gov
N/A • 600 hours
• Board-approved exam
• Esthetics instructor certificate:
– Hold a current Virginian esthetician license
-Pass a course in teaching techniques at the postsecondary educational level OR complete an instructor training course approved by the Board under the supervision of a certified esthetics instructor or master esthetics instructor in an esthetics school
-Pass Board-approved an exam in esthetics instruction
• Master esthetics instructor certificate:
-Hold current Virginia master esthetician license
-Pass a course in teaching techniques at the postsecondary educational level OR complete an instructor training course approved by the Board under the supervision of a certified esthetics instructor or master esthetics instructor in an esthetics school
-Pass Board-approved exam in esthetics instruction
*Master esthetics instructors shall be required to maintain a Virginia master esthetician license
• Every two years, at the end of the month license was issued
• Practitioners’ fee- $105
Instructors’ fee- $150
• License by endorsement offered
• Requirements for license by endorsement are based on exams previously completed in home state of licensee
• $140 transfer fee
Not required
Washington »
Washington State Department of Licensing-Cosmetologists
(360) 664-6626
plssunit@dol.wa.gov
• At least 17 years old • 750 hours or 800-hour apprenticeship
• NIC Exam
• Hold a current license
• Graduate from an approved and licensed school with at least 500 classroom hours
• Pass state-approved written and performance exams: NIC Exam for instructors
• Every 2 years, on the date of license issuance
• $55 fee for operators and instructors
• Must hold a current license from home state
• Must have taken practical and written exams to receive license in home state
• $50 transfer fee
Not required
West Virginia »
West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
(304) 558-2924
Amanda.d.smith@wv.org
• A least 18 years old
• High school diploma or GED
• Must be of good moral character
• 600 hours
• Exam
• 5 years of recent salon experience
• High school diploma or GED
• Pass (80%) 3-part instructor exam
• Expires annually, on December 31
• Renewal on January 1
• $35 fee
• $50 instructor fee
• Request board certification be mailed from home state to WV board
• Licensed work will be accepted in place of training hours, rewarded at 25 hours per month of licensed work, or 300 hours per year
• Work experience may not exceed 50% of required training hours to transfer, and must be acquired in the past 5 years
• If applicant hasn’t worked in the last 5 years, he or she must take required exams:
-WV Practical Skills exam
-National Written exam
-State Written and Law exams
• $50 transfer fee
4 CEUs
Wisconsin »
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
(877) 617-1565
dsps@wisconsin.gov
• At least 18 years old
• Meet the ability to benefit rule under 20 USC 1091
• High school diploma or GED
• 1,550 training hours in no less than 10 months OR apprenticeship of at least 3,712 hours of practical training with at least 288 training hours of theoretical instruction
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 2,000 hours of practice
• 150 hours of instructor training
• State exam
• March 31 of every odd-numbered year
• $82 fee for practitioners and instructors
• Must have 4,000 hours of licensed experienced
• If required hours aren’t met, transferee must take the WI board exams
• Practitioner:
-1 CEU of laws governing the barbering and cosmetology professions and establishments
-3 CEUs of Safety, Sanitation, and Infection Control
Wyoming »
Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
(307) 777-3534
betty.abernethy@wyo.gov
• At least 16 years old
• At least 10th grade education
• 600 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Must have practiced in a salon for at least 50 weeks, with no less than 36 hours of practice a week
• 1,000-hour instructor course
• Every 2 years, in the month of licensee’s birthday
• $96 fee
• Training hours from home state bust be equal to or greater than those required in WY
• Failure to meet training hour requirements will require esthetician to take written and practical exams
• 1 year of work experience can lower required hours to 1,600
• $273 fee
Not required
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