How To Become Licensed

If you are already licensed in another state, please click here.

Individuals interested in becoming a licensed barber, cosmetologists, nail technician, or aesthetician should follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Contact a Board approved school. [List of Schools]
  2. Discuss financial aid/payment plans with Schools.
  3. Have a Certificate of Health form completed by a licensed physician.
  4. Complete Student Registration Form. Student Registration.pdf
  5. Complete the required courses and hours.
    Barbering 1,200
    Cosmetology 1,800
    Nail Technician 400
    Aesthetician 600
    Hair Stylist 1,000
  6. Apply for examination with third-party examiner. Click here.
  7. Pass examination.
  8. Obtain license in desired field of practice. Application for Registration (Initial License).pdf

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