Cosmetology License Requirements & Cosmetology License Renewal
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- Will I immediately get my cosmetology license after I graduate school?
- What are the cosmetology license requirements and laws in my state?
- What is cosmetology license reciprocity or licensure by endorsement?
- Where can I find information about the state board examinations?
- Where can I find information about cosmetology license renewal in my state?
Upon completion of your beauty school program, most states require you to take a state board examination in order to obtain your working cosmetology license. Many beauty and cosmetology schools help students prepare for these examinations. While this is useful, make sure that the school's overall curriculum is focused on providing a good, thorough cosmetology education and not simply teaching students how to "pass the examination to get your cosmetology license." There are also numerous resources available to help prepare graduating beauty students pass the cosmetology licensing exams including online study guides and practice tests.
Where can I find information about the individual cosmetology license requirements for each school and state?
Learn what it takes to get licensed as a cosmetologist, beautician, esthetician, nail technician, or other beauty professional! Cosmetology licensing laws and requirements vary by state, as do reciprocity and transfer regulations.
This information can be found from several sources. Start by viewing our state-by-state license requirements. You can also look through our featured schools section and where you can quickly and easily request information directly from the schools listed. If you have very specific questions be sure to include them in the box at the bottom of each "Request Info" form. Another source would be to directly contact the cosmetology licensing board for the state you are considering attending school in.
The information you find listed within each state is the latest data that Beauty Schools Directory has on file for each state board of cosmetology's licensing requirements. Hours and minimum requirements are subject to change. It's especially important to check this information for cosmetology licensing renewal and if you will be transferring your cosmetology license to another state. Often times when transferring your cosmetology license to another state they have different licensing laws that you will need to meet. Please contact the appropriate state board licensing agencies if you have any questions regarding cosmetology laws and licensing.
Reciprocity is the ability to transfer training hour credits or beauty industry experience if you attend beauty or cosmetology school in one state and then wish to work in a different state. Depending on the state and school, you are often required to take additional courses and tests in order to be legally licensed to work in a state other than the state where you attended school. Always check with the administration or admissions representatives at your beauty school for information about transferring cosmetology licensing training hours from one school to another, especially when changing states. Often when transferring your cosmetology license from one state to another, you will need a record of your completed training hours from your beauty school or state cosmetology licensing board.
Most states require written and practical cosmetology exams of students after graduating from beauty school. Nearly all states have their own boards of cosmetology. Contact the state boards of cosmetology directly to inquire about the cosmetology state board examinations dates, times and details. Most beauty colleges and cosmetology schools will also have useful information about the examinations available to students who are near graduation. They also will be able to help with additional cosmetology license renewal and cosmetology license state transfer questions you may have.
Cosmetology license renewal occurs in all states, but the most popular are Texas cosmetology license renewal, Georgia cosmetology license renewal, Florida cosmetology license renewal, and Illinois cosmetology license renewal. The following links provide more information on cosmetology license renewal for these states:
- Texas Cosmetology License Renewal Information
- Georiga Cosmetology License Renewal Information
- Florida Cosmetology License Renewal Information
- Illinois Cosmetology License Renewal Information
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