Idaho Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Idaho Board of Cosmetology License Information

Last Updated: September 21, 2015

When you decide to begin a career in the beauty industry, your career and education will be overseen and directed by the Idaho Board of Cosmetology. To qualify for licensure, you must complete an approved program that meets the minimum training requirements that are listed below. Find Idaho beauty schools below that can prepare you for the licensure process and give you the skills you need to succeed in the cosmetology industry.

After finishing your training, you are required to pass a licensing exam issued by the Idaho Board of Cosmetology. Your examination covers both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. The state of Idaho does allow apprenticeship training for the majority of beauty careers; hours are listed below. Idaho allows you to take the cosmetology exam in English only. The original licensing fee in Idaho is $50. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Idaho cosmetology license in the mail.

Keep in mind, even though Idaho may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Idaho annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the Idaho Board of Cosmetology directly for more information.

2015 Idaho Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

  • COSMETOLOGIST LICENSE: 2000 Hours / 4000 Hours for Apprenticeship
  • ESTHETICIAN LICENSE: 600 Hours / 1200 Hours for Apprenticeship
  • NAIL TECHNICIAN LICENSE: 400 Hours / 800 Hours for Apprenticeship
  • BARBER LICENSE: 900 Hours
  • ELECTROLOGIST LICENSE: 800 Hours / 1600 Hours for Apprenticeship
  • COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Cosmetology License + Work Experience + Student Training
    • Work Experience <2 Years - 6 Months Student Teaching
    • Work Experience 2-5 Years - 3 Months Student Teaching
    • Work Experience 5+ Years in Last 7 Years - Can Apply for License

Idaho Cosmetology License Renewal

Idaho requires license renewal every year by your birthday. The cost to renew your license is $50 annually. Currently, Idaho does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your license, but you may want to earn CEUs anyway in order to stay on top of your field and keep your skills fresh.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Idaho

Idaho does not do licensure through reciprocity. There are two routes you can go to earn your license through endorsement if you have a valid license in another state. The first route involves proving that you have met training requirements that are consistent with or greater than the requirements of Idaho. If your training does not meet these expectations, you can still apply for endorsement by providing proof that you have had a valid license for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet these transfer requirements, you must take Idaho's cosmetology exam and you may be required to take additional training hours to meet Idaho's minimum. The transfer fee is $100.

ID State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Idaho Board of Cosmetology - Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-334-3233
Fax Number: 208-334-3945
E-mail Address:

The Idaho State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and can answer additional questions about obtaining an Idaho state cosmetology license.

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