Illinois Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Illinois Board of Cosmetology License Information

Last Updated: November 8, 2013

In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of Illinois, students must complete the requirements listed below from the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology. When getting an Illinois cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Illinois'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 Illinois State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Illinois cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of Illinois. Keep in mind, even though Illinois may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Illinois annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the IL Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. IL uses PSI for its cosmetology board exams, and you may take the exam in English, Spanish or Vietnamese.

The state of IL does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours. However, an internship may be substituted for 150 hours of the 1500 hours of organized, pre-planned training from a full cosmetology program under the direct supervision of a licensed cosmetologist in a registered salon. You may participate in this internship program only after completing 750 hours of school training with a minimum average grade of 80. 

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Illinois Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Illinois Cosmetology License Renewal

Barber licenses and barber teacher licenses expire on July 31 of each odd-numbered year, and licensees may renew within the month prior to expiration. Cosmetology instructors, cosmetology clinic teachers and cosmetology licenses expire on September 30 of each even-numbered year. Illinois requires cosmetologists to certify on their renewal applications that they have successfully completed 14 hours of cosmetology continuing education within the 2-year licensure period. Cosmetology instructors and cosmetology clinic teachers must show a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education from a sponsor registered with the division within the 2-year licensure period.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) to Illinois

To transfer your license to Illinois, you'll need to show an official certification of licensure from the board of your home state where you're currently licensed and practicing. If it's not the original copy of your license it must include: legal name, cosmetologist license number, original issuance date, expiration date, brief description of any licensing exams taken and the grades received, and whether you have any disciplinary actions taken or pending against your license.

IL State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation
320W. Washington St., 3rd Fl. 
Springfield, IL 62786 
100 W. Randolph Street, 9th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 800-560-6420
Fax Number: 217-782-7645

The Illinois 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 an Illinois state cosmetology license.

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