Colorado Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Colorado 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 Colorado, students must complete the requirements listed below from the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology. When getting a Colorado cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Colorado'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 issued by the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Colorado cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of Colorado. Keep in mind, even though Colorado may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Colorado annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the CO Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. The state of CO does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours. CO allows the licensing exam to be taken in English only.

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Colorado Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

  • COSMETOLOGIST LICENSE: 60 Credit Hours (1800 Clock Hours)
  • BARBER LICENSE: 50 Credit Hours (1500 Clock Hours)
  • HAIRSTYLIST LICENSE: 40 Credit Hours (1200 Clock Hours)
  • COSMETICIAN/ESTHETICIAN LICENSE: 20 Credit Hours (600 Clock Hours)
  • NAIL TECHNICIAN LICENSE: 20 Credit Hours (600 Clock Hours)
  • COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Cosmetology license + 2 years experience. Application process depending on the school where you want to teach.
  • PERMANENT MAKEUP CERTIFICATION: Must be licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. Advanced training certificate for permanent makeup. (132 clock hours)
  • CHEMICAL PEEL & MICRODERMABRASION CERTIFICATION: Must be licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. Advanced training certificate for microdermabrasion (14 hours) and chemical peels (24 hours).
  • MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSE: 500 Hours

Colorado Cosmetology License Renewal

Barber, esthetician, hairstylist and manicurist licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years and cost $26 to renew or $41 to reinstate. Half of the cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 of odd-numbered years and the other half expire on April 30 of even-numbered years, and they cost $32 to renew or $47 to reinstate. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Colorado, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Colorado

Colorado does licensure by endorsement. Applicants must provide: an application for licensure by endorsement, a valid cosmetology license from their home state with similar or equivalent licensing requirements, the licensing fees. Military spouses may work in Colorado for up to 1 year with a license from another state if they have applied for a Colorado cosmetology license.

CO State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, #1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7427
Fax Number: 303-894-7693
E-mail Address: Barber-Cosmetology@dora.state.co.us

The Colorado State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating 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 a Colorado state cosmetology license.

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