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Arizona Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Arizona Board of Cosmetology License Information

Last Updated: December 27, 2012

In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of Arizona, students must complete the requirements listed below from the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. When getting an Arizona cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Arizona's minimum required training hours and then take the state's cosmetology board exams. After finishing your training, you are required to pass a licensing exam issue by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Arizona cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of Arizona. Keep in mind, even though Arizona may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Arizona annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the AZ Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. Arizona does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours and get licensed. Arizona uses PSI to administer their cosmetology board exams, and only offers them in English.

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Arizona Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Prospective instructors could also challenge the board and show 5 years proof of licensed work experience in past 10 years and take exams to get licensed as instructors.

Arizona Cosmetology License Renewal

Arizona licensees must renew their licenses annually, every year before the licensee's birthday. Beauty licenses cost $30 to renew. Arizona does not currently require licensees to complete continuing education hours to renew your license, though CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Arizona

In you come from another state, licensure in Arizona may be accomplished through their license-for-license reciprocity program or by taking an Arizona board exam. This requires an application for reciprocity and an explanation of licensure requirements. According the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, notwithstanding sections 32-510, 32-511 and 32-512, a person is entitled to receive a cosmetologist, aesthetician or nail technician license if:

1. You submit an application to the board for cosmetologist, esthetician or nail tech license.
2. You submit evidence that you are licensed in another state or country, OR you graduated from a school that offers cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology courses substantially similar to Arizona's requirements and that you passed the board-approved cosmetology exams.
3. You pay the required fees.

AZ State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Arizona Board of Cosmetology
1721 East Broadway
Tempe, AZ 85282-1611
Phone Number: 480-784-4539
Fax Number: 480-784-4962
E-mail Address:

The Arizona Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining an Arizona cosmetology license.

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