NACAMS represents America’s 76,000+ nail technicians, providing professional tools, public education, nail technician liability insurance, and issue advocacy. With 25 years of trust in the health, wellness, and beauty industry, NACAMS licensed professionals are the best protected nail techs in the industry.

Nail Technician Insurance

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Nail Tech State Requirements

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Why do nail technicians need liability insurance?

nail technician insuranceWhen clients leave their appointments with a successful nail technician, they may feel as if they are almost walking on air. With beautiful hands and feet and perfectly polished nails, people tend to feel more confident and attractive. For the professional nail technician, making clients feel great is one of the more rewarding aspects of the industry, along with the ability to earn a solid income as a busy nail technician.

However, before you can fully focus on serving your clients and gaining popularity in your local community, it is important to take certain steps to make sure you are squared away in terms of any local guidelines or regulations required of the nail technicians in your area. One common requirement is to purchase and be able to show proof of nail technician liability insurance.

In fact, even if you happen to live in a rare region where you are not required by law to possess nail technician liability insurance, securing such a policy remains a wise idea in the financial sense. The main benefit of having nail technician liability insurance is that this coverage will be there to pay for legal fees or damages incurred if a client or other person ever decides to sue you for some kind of harm or suffering.

The types of harm or suffering that should be covered by your nail technician liability insurance should include any accidents that take place on the property of your nail salon, along with any damages a client claims are due to a lack of skill or competence on your part as the professional nail technician or due to a product used during the appointment.

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What types of coverage do I need?

In order to make sure your nail technician liability insurance covers all three of these categories of potential harm or suffering, you need to look for a policy that includes general, malpractice and liability coverage. This way, you will have the financial protection you need in case a legal claim comes up that falls into any one of these three categories.

For example, if one of your clients happens to have a severe allergic reaction to a lotion that you apply to her feet, then that client may decide to sue you for the damages. In this instance, it would be the product liability portion of your nail technician liability insurance that would kick in to provide the necessary financial support and coverage.

As another example, if a client were to slip on a small puddle near the foot baths, she might end up breaking an arm or suffering some other kind of injury. In this scenario, it would be the general liability component of your nail technician liability insurance that would be called upon to provide you with monetary coverage.

If a client believes she was harmed due to a lack of skill or competence on your part as the professional nail technician, then the malpractice aspect of your nail technician liability insurance would be there to offer financial protection.

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NACAMS Insurance Plus

NACAMS nail techs receive the most comprehensive liability insurance program, Insurance Plus, at the lowest cost in the industry. NACAMS Insurance Plus covers more than 350 salon, spa, and wellness disciplines for the low rate of $159 per year.

That’s one single rate, even if you practice multiple disciplines like nail care, cosmetology, and skin esthetics. Enroll today and receive immediate coverage as soon as your transaction is complete.

Nail Care Services

NACAMS Insurance Plus covers a variety of nail care services. Check the list below to find out if your practices are covered, or click here to view our complete list of over 350 covered modalities.

  • Acrylic
  • False nails
  • Gel
  • Nail art
  • Nail extensions
  • Nail repair
  • Polish
  • Foot scrubs
  • Manicures
  • Paraffin pedicures
  • Pedicures
  • Youth Nails
  • Airbrush designs
  • Charms
  • Gems
  • Glitter
  • Painting
  • Stencil designs
  • Varnish

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

Nail Tech 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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Nail Technician State Requirements

State

Prerequisites

Training

Instructor License

Renewal

Reciprocity

CEUs

Alabama
Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
Phone: (800) 815-7453
Email: cosmetology@aboc.alabama.gov
• At least 16 years old
• Completed at least 10th grade education
• 750 hours or 1200-hour apprenticeship within two years
• Exam
• Completed 12th grade education or equivalent
• Holds a valid license
• Completed 1,5000 teacher training hours OR completed one year of experience plus 650 school hours
• Every two years, during nail technician’s birth month
• $80
• Request certification be sent from current state to AL office
• Wait two weeks to contact AL office
• Complete paperwork from AL office
• Applicant will be notified of any required exams
• $100 fee
Not required
Alaska
Division of Corporations,
Business and Professional Licensing

• Phone: (907) 269-8160
• Nail Technician License: 12-hour nail technician course
• Advanced Manicurist License: 250 classroom hours + nail technician license
• Written exam
Three years as practitioner plus exams OR 1 year of practitioner experience plus 600 hours plus exam • Every odd-numbered year, in August
• Manicurist: $135
• Instructor: $195
• Hold a current license in state from which applicant is moving
• Current state must have training requirements equal to those of AK
*Full-time work experience may be accepted in lieu of training hours
• Passed practical and written exam in current state
• $105 fee
Not required
Arizona
https://boc.az.gov/
Phone: (480) 784-4539
• Proof of being at least 23 years of age
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 600 hours
• Exam
• 350 hours of instructor training • License expires annually, on licensee’s birthday
• $30 fee
• Statement regarding whether or not the applicant’s license has been suspended or revoked
• Proof of training hours and graduation
• If no license was obtained, applicant may still qualify through education and exam
• IN, SC and WA states:
-copy of current license, completion of Arizona Certification request, $30 fee
• $110 fee
Not required
Arkansas
http://www.arkansas.gov/cos/
(501) 682-2168
cosmo@arkansas.gov
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education
• 600 hours
• Written and practical exams
• At least 21 years old
• Completed 600 hours of teacher training over 4 months
• Passed instructor’s exam from the Department of Health and received instructor license
• Every two years, by licensee’s birthday • Have certification of license sent from current state to AR
• If applicable, include certification of exam
• Include proof of training
• $150 fee
Not required
California
http://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/
Phone: (800) 952-5210
Email: barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education
• 400 hours
• Exam
• Every 2 years
• $50 fee
• Proof of current license, meeting requirements:
-License in good standing
-Active for 3 of the previous 5 years, with no disciplinary action or a criminal conviction.
• $35 fee
Not required
Colorado
Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
Phone: (800) 733-9267
At least 16 years old • 20 credit hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Two years of licensed experience
Dependent of issuance date, licenses either expire on April 30 of odd-numbered years or even-numbered years • Hold an active license in good standing
• Current state must have requirements equivalent to those of CO
Not required
Connecticut This state doesn’t offer or require any licensure or certification for nail technicians.
Delaware
Phone: (302) 744-4500
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
• 300 classroom hours OR 600-hour apprenticeship
• Written and practical exam
500 classroom hours of teacher training OR two years of licensed experience plus at least 260 hours of teacher training By March 31, of every even-numbered year • Method 1:
-Home state’s training and testing requirements must be equivalent to those of DE
-Notarization and testing are not required
• Method 2:
-Option for applicants whose home states’ training and testing requirements are not equivalent to those of DE
-Applicant’s employer will need to provide a notarized statement verifying applicant’s license and work experience for at least 5 years
• $70 Nail Technician fee
• $167 Instructor fee
Not required
Florida
Phone: 850-487-1395
Email: call.center@dbpr.state.fl.us
• At least 16 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 240 school hours
• HIV/AIDS course completion certificate
• At least 16 years old
• High school diploma
• Board-approved HIV/AIDS course completion certificate
• Completed 240 school hours as FL requires
• Provide official certification of licensure
• Every 2 years
• Fee
• Available through endorsement
• Current state must have education and testing requirements similar to those of FL
16 CEUs
Georgia
Cosmetology Proposed Rules
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Of good moral character
• Completed 525 credit hour study course over at least 4 months OR 2,050-hour apprenticeship
• Exam
• High school diploma or G.E.D., or postsecondary education or college degree
• Hold a current license
• Completed 250 hours of Board-approved instructor training
• Completed one year of work experience
• Passed written and practical exam for a instructor in nail care
• Nail Technicians:
-August 31, odd-numbered years
-$45 fee
• Instructors:
-June 30, off odd-numbered years
-$75 fee
• Applicant may be approved if he or she has a license from another state or country with requirements equivalent to those of GA
• Provide proof of active licensure from reciprocal state
• States not eligible for reciprocity with GA:
-AK, PA, MD, MA, ME and VA
• $50 fee
5 CEUs
Hawaii
http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/barber/
(808) 586-2696
barber_cosm@dcca.hawaii.gov
• At least 16 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 350 school hours or 700-hour apprenticeship
• Take and pass written exam
• Hold a current license, for at least one year
• Completed 600-hour beauty school instructor training
• Exam
December 31, every odd-numbered year • HI doesn’t offer reciprocity
• Applicants must show completion of education and testing requirements equivalent to those of HI
• Applicants may be required to take a written and practical exam
Not required
Idaho
COS@ibol.idaho.gov
• At least 16.5 years old
• Completed 2 years of high school or equivalent
• 400 hours or 800-hour apprenticeship
• Exam
• Completion of 12 college credit hours or exam
• Hold a current license
• Completion of 6-month course on cosmetology school instruction OR 2 years of licensed work experience in a registered establishment and completion of a 3-month course on cosmetology school instruction
• 5 years of licensed experience immediately preceding application
• Annually, on licensee’s birthday
• Nail technician fee: $10
• Instructor fee: $15
• Hold a current license in another state with standards equivalent to those of ID
• Has work experience for three of the last five years
• $65 fee
Not required
Illinois
http://www.idfpr.com/profs/info/NailTech.asp
• At least 16 years old
• Have at least an 8th grade education with a high school diploma or equivalent, OR take the Ability to Benefit test
350 hours • Instructor A:
-At least 18 years old
-High school diploma or equivalent
-Holds a current license
-500 hours of teacher training and 2 years of work experience OR 625 hours of teacher traininf
-Passed Department- authorized exam
• Instructor B:
-At least 18 years old
-High school diploma or equivalent
-Holds a current license
-250 hours of clinic teacher training OR obtained 2 years of practical experience (30 full-time hours per week) within 5 years preceding exam
-Passed Department- authorized exam
-Demonstrate skills in use of machines in the practice of nail technology
• Renew by September 30 of even-numbered years
• $25 fee
• At least 16 years old
• Passed exam
• Current state’s requirements are substantially equivalent to those of IL
• $45 fee
14 CEUs
Indiana
http://www.in.gov/pla/cosmo.htm
(317) 234-3031
pla12@pla.in.gov
• At least 18 years old
• Completion of 8th grade or equivalent
• 450 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 1,000 hours of training
• Every 4 years, on August 1
• Manicurist fee: $40
• Current state licensed in must have equivalent requirements to those of IN
• If current license jurisdiction doesn’t have equivalent requirements, a combination of education hours and licensed practice
• $40 fee
Not required
Iowa
(515) 281-4416
High school diploma or G.E.D. • 325 hours
• Pass NIC exam
• Hold a current IA license
• Completion of 1,000 instructor training hours or 2 years active practice within 6 years before application
• Completion of at least 16 hours of instructor methods training course
• Proof of 60 hours of practical experience
• Pass NIC instructor exam
• Renew by December 31 of every even-numbered year
• $60 fee
• Has held an active license in another jurisdiction for at least 12 of the past 24 months
• Provide proof of license(s) from every jurisdiction a license has been held
• Provide any disciplinary action taken against licensee
• Pass exam:
-If graduated before January 1, 2000, pass written and practical exams from current state
-If graduated after January 1, 2000, pass national theory exam
8 CEUs every 2 years
Kansas
http://www.accesskansas.org/kboc/
(785) 296-3155
kboc@kboc.ks.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 350 hour
• Pass NIC exam
• Hold a current license
• 350 clock hours plus one year of work experience OR 450 clock hours
• Pass written and practical state board exam with a score of at least 75%
• On even-numbered years, during licensee’s birth month
• $45
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Medical confirmation that applicant is free of any infectious or contagious diseases
• Hold a current license in good standing
• Pass Kansas’ written exam
• *Board may require applicant to take a practical exam, based on experience
Not required
Kentucky
http://kbhc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
(502) 564-4262
High school diploma or G.E.D. • 600 hours
• Board-approved exam
• 12th grade education
• Has held a current license for at least one year
• 1,000 hours of training
• Every year, in the month of July
• $20 fee for nail technicians
• $35 fee for instructors
Instructor License:
• Holds a current instructor license
• Proof of 2 years of current experience
• Pass cosmetology instructor exam
Nail Technician License:
• Holds a comparable in another state that requires at least 600 nail technology hours of curriculum
$100 fee
Not required
Louisiana
http://www.lsbc.louisiana.gov/default.aspx
(866) 257-7901
• At least 16 years old
• 10th grade education from an approved high school
• 500 hours
• State Board exams
• Hold a valid license
• 50 hours
• Every year, on licensee’s birthday
• $25 fee
Applicant must be licensed in a state requiring the NIC National Standard Theory exam in order to be considered for reciprocity Not required
Maine
http://www.maine.gov/
barbercosm.program@maine.gov
• At least 17 years old
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 200 hours in no less than 5 week OR 400-hour apprenticeship over at least 10 weeks
• Exam
• Hold a valid license
• Work experience
• 1,000 hours of training
• Every year in October
• $50 fee
• Hold a valid license
• Current state has requirements equivalent to those of ME
• If current state’s requirements aren’t equivalent to those of ME, applicant may qualify for exam if there is proof of having completed satisfactory coursework
• Instructors: 14 CEUs every year
Maryland
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cos/
(410) 230-6320
cos@dllr.state.md.us
• At least 17 years old
• 9th grade education or G.E.D.
• 250 training hours or 8 months as registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon
• Apprenticeship:
-complete application and sponsorship form
*signed by licensed senior cosmetologist or 2-year licensed nail technician
-8 months of training
-at least 20 hours of training a week
-mail monthly reports to the Board
• Hold a Senior Cosmetologist license:
-2 years of licensed experienced
-Passing grade on the Senior Cosmetologist Exam
-Passing grade on the Cosmetologist Exam
• Every 2 years on expiration date
• $25 fee
• Available by endorsement
• Current state must have similar training hour and exam requirements
• Provide certification of license
• License is current and in good standing
Not required
Massachusetts
(617) 727-0054
wendy.barrientos@State.MA.US
• 100 hours
• 100 hours of manicure training in a month
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• At least 2 years of work experience OR at least 2 years of experience as a junior assistant
• Every two years, by licensee’s birthday
• $68 Nail Technician fee
• $68 Instructor fee
• No reciprocity available
• To transfer, licensee must take MA written and practical board exams
• $135 transfer fee
Not required
Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov
(517) 241-8720
bcslic@michigan.gov
• At least 17 years old
• Be of good moral character
• Education equivalent to 9th grade level
• 400 hours of training
• Exam
• Be of good moral character
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Hold a current license
• Complete at least 300 instructor training hours
• Exam
• Annually
• $24 fee
Licensee must demonstrate that his or her current state’s license requirements are equivalent to those of MI Not required
Minnesota
(651) 201-2742
bce.board@state.mn.us
High school diploma or G.E.D. • 350 hours
• General (Theory) exam
• Minnesota laws/rules test
• Hold a current license
• 1400 work experience hours
• 38 training hours
• Exams
• Every three years
• $75 nail technician fee
• $160 instructor fee
• Hold a current license
• Current state must have equal or greater license requirements
• Passed Board-approved theory and practice-based exam
• Pass the MN written operator examination
*If an individual doesn’t meet the requirements, he or she must have held an active license for at least 3 years, and passed the Board-approved theory and practice-based exam or MN written operator examination
4 CEUs
Mississippi
(601) 359-1820
• At least 17 years old
• Have the capability to read, write and speak English
• High school education or equivalent
• 350 hours of training in no less than 9 weeks • At least 21 years old
• Capable of reading, writing and speaking English
• High school education or equivalent
• Hold a current license
• Completed 12 semester hours in college courses
• 2 years of practical experience OR 1,000 hours of instructor training
• 600 hours of instructor training
• Attending a mandatory “methods of teaching” seminar from Board, earning 5 CEUs
• Every 2 years
• $50 Nail Technician fee
• $80 Instructor fee
Nail Technician:
• at least 17 years old
• hold a current license
• Provide proof that requirements have been met
Instructor:
• At least 21 years old
• Hold a current instructor license
• High school education or equivalent
• Training received is equivalent to the standards of MS
• At least 3 years of experience
• Capable of reading, writing and speaking English
• Completed 12 hours of semester college courses
• Completed at least 5 CEUs in MS board laws, rules and regulations
*If the applicant hasn’t completed the required college course hours, he or she may apply for a one-time temporary teaching permit which is valid for 6 months.
–This must be accompanied with proof of enrollment in college courses
8 CEUs
Missouri
http://www.pr.mo.gov/cosbar.asp
(866) 762-9432
cosbar@pr.mo.gov
• At least 17 years old
• Be of good moral character
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• 400 hours or 800-hour apprenticeship
• Exam
• Hold a valid license
• 600 hours of instructor training
• Exam
• Three years of experience
• 4.5 college credit hours in teaching methodology
• Expires in odd-numbered years, on September 30
• $30 Instructor fee
• $30 Operator fee
• Must hold a valid license in a state with training hours comparable to those of Missouri
• NIC exam
• $100 Operator fee
• $100 Instructor fee
Not required
Montana
Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
Email: dlibsdcos@mt.gov
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• 350 hours
• Montana Board approved Manicure exam, with a passing score of at least 75%
• 650 training hours OR 3 years of work experience
*Applicant has 2 years to complete Board-approved coursework pertaining to methodology in order to renew license
• Montana Board approved Instructor exam, passing with at least 75% proficiency
*Applicant must have 12 months of continuous work experience in order to take the exam
• Every two years, on March 1
• $80 Manicurist fee
• $95 Instructor fee
• Hold an active license in current state
• Pass NIC written and practical exams
Instructors: 30 CUEs every 12-month period, totaling 60 CEUs for each renewal period
Nebraska
Nebraska DHHS
(402) 471-2117
Kris.Chiles@dhhs.ne.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school education or equivalent
• 300 hours
• Pass licensure exam with score of at least 75%
• Hold a current license
• Completed high school education
• Must have the ability to identify and respond to emergency situations that could occur in the practice of cosmetology
• Complete an instructor program consisting of 925 hours in no less than 6 months
• Pass exam with score of at least 75%
• By December 31, of every odd-numbered year
• $118 nail technician fee
• $50 instructor fee
• Hold a current license in another jurisdiction
• At least 17 years old
• Complete high school or equivalent
• Completed at least 300 hours of nail technology studies
• Take NE written exam if written exam wasn’t required by current jurisdiction
• Practiced nail technology for at least 12 months
Instructors: 12 CEUs
Nevada
http://cosmetology.nv.gov/
Phone: (702) 486-6542
Email: cosmo@nvcosmobd.nv.gov
• At least 18 years old
• Completed at least a 10th grade high school education
• 600 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 500 hours with provisional instructor license OR 1,000 hours
• Every two years, on licensee’s birthday
• Take and pass online infection control test
• $70 fee
• Certification must be sent to NV Board
• License must be current and in good standing
• Passed a nationally sponsored written exam (NIC)
*if applicant hasn’t passed exam, he or she will be required to take the national exam in NV
• $200 fee
Instructors: 30 CEUs
New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/cosmet/
Phone: (603) 271-3608
At least 18 years old • 300 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 8 years of work experience OR 500 hours plus one year of work experience OR 800 hours with no work experience
• Every two years, in licensee’s birth month
• $40 fee
• Must be licensed in a state with requirements similar to those of NH Instructors: 28 CEUs
New Jersey • At least 17 years old
• Completion of high school or equivalent
• 300 hours
• Take and pass Board administered exam
• At least 18 years old
• Completion of high school or equivalent
• Hold a current license
• Complete a 500-hour teacher training course
• Complete a 30-hour teaching methods course
• Complete 6 months of employment in a licensed shop in NJ
• Take and pass Board administered exam
• Every 2 years, in even-numbered years
• $60 fee
• Available through endorsement
• Hold a current license
• Must meet licensure requirements
Not required
New Mexico
Barbers and Cosmetologists
(505)476-4622
• At least 17 years old
• Completed second year of high school
• 350 hours
• Exam
• Holds a current license
• Completed high school education
• 1,000 training hours
• Exam
• Instructors renew yearly, on March 31
• $50 fee
• Operators renew every year, during licensee’s birth month
• $50 fee
• Provide affidavit from current state’s regulatory agency
• Hold a current license in good standing
• Must have completed training hours equivalent to those required by NM
*If applicant doesn’t meet NM’s training hour requirement, up to 150 hours of work experience may be substituted in lieu of the minimum training hours
• $200 fee
Instructors: 12 CEUs per year
New York
http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/nails/nails.html
(518) 474-4429
At least 17 years old • 250 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Meet work experience requirement
• Every 4 years
• $40 fee
• Available through endorsement in AK; AR; CO; Washington, DC; ME; MA; NM; NH; NC; OR; PA; TN; UT and WY Not required
North Carolina
http://www.nccosmeticarts.com/
(919) 733-4117
nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com
• 300 hours
• Pass State Board exam with a score of at least 75%
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Hold a current license
• 320-hour Manicurist school teacher program OR proof of 2 years of full-time work experience in a cosmetic shop
*work experience must be immediately prior to application
• Pass State Board exam with score of at least 85%
• Every year
• $20 fee
• Applicants from AR, KS, KT, MS, NH, OK or WV:
-Have current state send certification by email or mail to NC Board
• Applicants from other states:
-Submit application to Board by email or mail
• $35 Fee
8 CEUs per year of licensure, totalling 24 in a 3-year period
North Dakota
https://www.ndcosmetology.com/
(701) 224-9800
cosmo@midconetwork.com
High school diploma or G.E.D. • 350 hours
• Manicure Practical Exam
• Written Exam:
– National Theory Test
– North Dakota Law & Sanitation Test
• Hold a valid license
• One year of work experience
• 160 training hours
Manicurist:
• Renew annually, by December 31
• $20 fee
Instructor:
• Annually, by December 31
• Written application to the board
• Proof of attendance at Board-approved seminar during previous year
• $20 fee
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Proof of licensure; sent directly from current state’s Board of Cosmetology
• Reciprocity application
• If approved:
-Take and pass North Dakota Laws, Rules & Regulations test
-$105 fee
Instructor: 8 CEUs
Ohio
http://www.cos.ohio.gov/
(614) 466-3834
• At least 16 years old
• Be of good moral character
• Completed equivalent of an Ohio public school 10th grade education
• 200 hours
• Exam
• At least 18 years old
• Be of good moral character
• Completed equivalent of an Ohio public school 12th grade education
• Hold a current, valid managing manicurist or managing cosmetologist license
• Practiced manicuring in licensed nail salon OR practiced cosmetology in licensed beauty salon for at least 2,000 hours
• Every odd-numbered year, by January 31
• $45 fee
• At least 18 years old
• Of good moral character
• Exam
• Current state must have equivalent requirements to those of OH
• Manicurist: 8 CEUs
• Instructor: 8 CEUs
Oklahoma
http://www.ok.gov/cosmo/
(405) 521-2441
• At least 16 years old
• Completed the 8th grade
• 600 hours or equivalent number of credit hours
• Written and Practical Exam
• At least 16 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Hold a current cosmetology license
• Complete 1,000 study hours OR 300 hours with 2 years of recent licensed experience
• Pass written and practical exam
• Annually, on last day of licensee’s birth month
• $25 Manicurist fee
• $30 Instructor fee
• Applicant’s education and work experience must be equal to or greater than those required by OK
• 3 years of currently licensed work experience
*If applicant meets only one of the previous requirements, he or she may take the OK board exams
• $65 fee
Not required
Oregon
(503) 378-8667
hlo.info@state.or.us
• 350 hours
• Practical and written exam
• Every two years, on last day of month two years from issuance date
• $40 online or in-person fee
• $45 by mail fee
• Hold an active license in another state, with no current/pending disciplinary action
• Current state’s requirements must be equivalent to those of OR
• Complete and pass Board-approved written exam, including OR laws and rules exam, within 2 years before application date
Not required
Pennsylvania
State Board of Cosmotology
(717) 783-7130
ST-COSMETOLOGY@pa.gov
• At least 16 years old
• Completed 10th grade education OR received training from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Department of Labor and Industry
• 200 hours earned in no less than a month
• 10th grade education or equivalent
• State Board examination
• At least 18 years old
• Hold a current PA limited cosmetology license
• 500 hours in a teacher curriculum
• 12th grade education or equivalent
• State Board exam
• Every two years, by January 31
• $35 practitioner fee
• $55 instructor fee
• Complete application
• Hold a current license in another state
*PA doesn’t have a reciprocity understanding with AL, CT, CO, FL, GA, HI, MS, NJ, NM, RI, SC, TN, UT or WV
• Have 2 years of licensed employment experience
Not required
Rhode Island
http://www.health.ri.gov/
(401) 222-2828
• U.S. citizen or eligible for employment in U.S.
• Of good moral character
• High school graduation or equivalent
• 300 hours
• Written and practical exams, with passing score of at least 70%
• Has held a license under the laws or RI or another state for at least 3 years before application for instructor license
• Completed 300 teacher training hours
• Passed Department-approved exam
• Every year, by September 30
• $50 fee
• Current state must have requirements equivalent to those of RI
• Current/recent state boards need to submit statement regarding applicant’s license status during time licensed in said state
• Have passed written and practical exam
Not required
South Carolina
(803) 896-4588
BoardInfo@llr.sc.gov
• At least 16 years old
• At least a 10th grade education or equivalent
• 300 hours
• Exam
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Holds a current license
• Two years of work experience
• 750 instructor training hours
• 45 training hours in a teaching methods course
• Pass instructor’s exam by the Board
Every 2 years • Operator:
-Hold current license in another state or U.S. territory
-License in good standing
• Instructor:
-Hold a current license, as an instructor, in good standing, in a state with a nationally endorsed exam
-Two years of licensed practice
-Completed instructor training equivalent to the requirements of SC
12 CEUs
South Dakota
https://dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/cosmet/default.aspx
(605) 773-6193
cosmetology@state.sd.us
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• 400 hours
• NIC national written exam
• NIC national practical exam
• SD state laws/rules exam
Junior Instructor License:
• Hold a current license
• Complete 1,000 hours of salon experience
• Complete a 12 clock hour instructor education course
• Pass SD Instructor Laws/Rules written test
• Enroll in 1,000-hour instructor education programSenior Instructor License:
• Hold a current license
• Complete 1,000 hours of salon experience
• Complete 1,000-hour instructor education program
• Pass SD Instructor Laws/Rules written test
• Annually
• $20 Operatr fee
• $25 Instructor fee
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Hold a current license with requirements equal to or greater than those of SD (400 hours of training)
• If applicant doesn’t meet the 400 education hours, work hours may be added, with a max of 200 hours allowed
• SD written laws and rules test
• NIC theory exam
• NIC hands-on practical exam
• $100 fee
• Instructors: attend Commission’s Instructor Seminar OR 12-hour pre-approved instructor education course
Tennessee
http://www.tn.gov/regboards/cosmo/
(800) 480-9285
Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov
At least 16 years old • 600 hours
• Written and practical exam
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Hold a valid license
• Completed Board-approved instructor training of 300 hours or more within 6 months as an instructor trainee OR completed service as a junior instructor for at least one year
• Written and practical (including lesson plan) exam
• Every two years
• $50 manicurist fee
• $60 instructor fee
• Must meet TN required 600 hours of training and provide five-year work history
• If unable to meet these requirements, manicurist must submit a reciprocity application to the board
Instructors: 16 CEUs
Texas
http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmet.htm
(800) 803-9202
advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov
• At least 17 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Passed exam measuring individual’s ability to benefit from training
• 600 hours
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent certificate
• Completed 750 hours of instruction in methods of teaching
• Complete at least one year of verifiable work experience
• Completed 500 cosmetology hours in a commission-approved training program
• Completed 15 semester hours in education courses within 10 years before application date
• Hold a degree in education from accredited college or university
• Pass required exam
• Every two years, on issued date of license or certification
• For first renewal, licensee must:
-Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
-Passed exam measuring licensee’s ability to benefit from training
• $50 fee
• Based on whether current state has equivalent or greater education and testing requirements to those of TX
• No reciprocity with FL HI, IL, IN, IA, NJ, NY, OR, PN or Puerto Rico
• If applicant is from one of the mentioned states, he or she should contact the board regarding special exams or additional training hours
• $100 fee
4 CEUs
*applicants with licenses expired before September 1, 2012 will be required to fulfill 6 CEUs
Utah
(801) 530-6633
Be of good moral character • 300 hours OR 375 apprenticeship hours over a period of at least 3 months
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Be of good moral character
• Complete 1,000-hour instructor training program OR 3,000 hours of licensed experience
• Exam requirement
• Every two years, on September 30 in odd-numbered years
• $60 fee for both Nail Technicians and Instructors
Available through endorsement Not required
Vermont
(888) 287-5006
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma
• 400 school hours OR apprenticeship, no shorter than 6 months and no longer than 12 months, with 600-hour minimum and 900-hour maximum
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 3 years of work experience
• Instructor exam
• Every two years, on November 30 in odd-numbered years
• $130 fee
Must be licensed or certified in a jurisdiction with requirements equal to those of VT Instructors: 24 CEUs
Virginia
(804) 367-8590
BarberCosmo@dpor.virginia.gov
• 150 training hours OR 2000-hour apprenticeship
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• Complete 12 months of student instruction
• Expires two years from issued date, on the last day of the month license was issued
• $105 nail technician fee
• $150 instructor fee
• Applicant must have completed the amount of training hours and exams required by VA
• $140 fee
Not required
Washington
(360) 664-6626
plssunit@dol.wa.gov
At least 17 years old • 600 school hours OR 800 apprenticeship hours
• NIC Exam
• Hold a current license
• 500 classroom hours
• Pass state-approved written and performance exams
• Every two years, on license issued date
• $55 nail technician and instructor fee
• Nail Technician:
-At least 17 years old
-Hold a current license in another state or foreign country, in good standing
-Pass both written and practical exams OR provide proof of license being in good standing
• Instructor:
-Hold a current instructor license in another state or foreign country, in good standing
-Proof of passing state-approved written and performance exams
-Proof that current license is in good standing
• $50 fee
Not required
Washington, D.C.
http://dcra.dc.gov/
(202) 442-4400
dcra@dc.gov
• 350 hours
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 1,000 training hours
• 1 year of work experience
By April 15, of every even-numbered year • Provide letter for proof of meeting and completing license requirements equal to those of Washington, DC
• Must show proof of passing similar or equivalent exams
• Must hold an active license in home state
6 CEUs
West Virginia
http://www.wvbbc.com/
(304) 558-2924
Amanda.d.smith@wv.gov
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 400 hours
• Exam
• Take a TB test
• Hold a current license
• 5 years of licensed work in a salon
• Every year, on January 1
• $35 Nail Technician/ Manicurist fee
• $50 Instructor fee
• Applicants from states required to take the NIC national written and practical exam will need to take the WV State Law exam after the Board reviews
• Current NIC states: AL, AZ, AR, DE, GA, ID, ME, MO, NH, NC, NV, OH, PA, SC, SD, UT AND WY
• Applicants from states not requiring the NIC exam are still eligible; the Board will review the applicant’s application, and after review and approval, the applicant will be scheduled to take State Law Exam
• WV doesn’t accept reciprocity from CA
4 CEUs
Wisconsin
http://www.drl.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-5511
• At least 18 years old
• High school diploma or equivalent
• 300 hours in no less than 7 weeks and no longer than 20 weeks
• Exam
• Hold a current license
• 150 training hours
• 2,000 hours of work experience
• On or before March 31 of every odd-numbered year • Applicant must have 4,000 hours of licensed experience
• Follow the WI license transfer application process
• If applicant doesn’t have 4,000 hours of work experience he or she will need to take the WI board exams
Not required
Wyoming
http://cosmetology.wy.gov/Index.aspx
(307) 777-3534
• 400 training hours
• Nationally standardized theory and practical exam
• Hold a current license
• 1,000 hours
Every 2 years, in month of licensee’s birthday • Home state’s required training hours must be equivalent to or greater than those of WY
• If applicant doesn’t meet training requirement, he or she may be required to take the written and practical exam
• One year of work experience may lower the license hour requirements to 1600 hours
• $273 fee
Not required
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