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Iowa Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Iowa 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 Iowa, students must complete the requirements listed below from the Iowa State Board of Cosmetology. When getting an Iowa cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Iowa'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 Iowa State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Iowa cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of Iowa. Keep in mind, even though Iowa only requires 8 hours of continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Iowa annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the IA Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. The state of IA does allow apprenticeship to get your training hours for some of the beauty profession licenses, see below. IA uses PSI for its cosmetology board exams, and you may take the exam in English only.

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Iowa Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Iowa Cosmetology License Renewal

Iowa cosmetology licenses expire every two years, and must be renewed by December 31 of even-numbered years. The fee to renew your license is $60. Iowa requires 8 hours of cosmetology continuing education each period to renew.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) to Iowa

Iowa does not have reciprocity arrangements with other states. You may gain licensure through endorsement instead. Each application for transfer is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Your home state must have similar or equivalent licensing requirements. Depending on the length of your licensure and the exam you took in your home state, you may be required to take the Iowa exams or get additional training hours.

IA State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Lucas Bldg., 5th Floor, 321 E. 12th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075 
Phone Number: 515-281-4416
Fax Number: 515-281-3121
E-mail Address:

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