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Hawaii Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

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

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Hawaii Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Hawaii Cosmetology License Renewal

Hawaii requires renewal of cosmetology licenses every 2 years in odd-numbered years by December 31, and it costs $100 to renew. If you forfeit your license, you have 3 years to re-instate it without having to go before the board. If you are already licensed for more than 1 year, you are not required to submit education verification documents. If you have been expired for more than 3 years, you need to restore your license through the board, and may be required to re-take the practical exam and verify education hours. Hawaii does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your cosmetology license, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Hawaii

Hawaii does not have reciprocity. New applicants must show that they've completed similar or equivalent education and testing requirements to Hawaii's, and may be required to take the written and practical exam. You can obtain a temporary permit in order to work under someone while waiting for written exam, should you qualify to meet those criteria.  A clean application is handed by a clerk at the board. Questionable issues on your application are subjective to executive officer review or board meeting.

HI State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Hawaii Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
335 Merchant Street, Room 301
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone Number: 808-586-3000
Fax Number: 808-586-3031
E-mail Address: barber_cosm@dcca.hawaii.gov

The Hawaii 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 Hawaii state cosmetology license.

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