New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology License Requirements
New Jersey Board of Cosmetology License Information
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
New Jersey recently merged the Cosmetology, Electrology and Barber Boards, and added a separate Barber license to the list of certification options.
In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of New Jersey, students must complete the requirements listed below from the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology. When getting a New Jersey cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of New Jersey'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 New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your New Jersey cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of New Jersey. Keep in mind, even though New Jersey may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in New Jersey annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the NJ Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. The state of NJ does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours. NJ allows you to take the board exam in the English and Spanish languages.
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New Jersey Board of Cosmetology License Requirements
- COSMETOLOGIST & HAIRSTYLING LICENSE: 1200 Hours (1000 Hours Vocational School)
- BARBER LICENSE: 900 Hours
- ESTHETICIAN LICENSE: 600 Hours
- NAIL TECHNICIAN LICENSE: 300 Hours
- ELECTROLOGIST LICENSE: 600 Hours
- PERMANENT MAKEUP LICENSE: 100 Hours (Department of Health)
- COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Cosmetology License for 6+ Months + 500 Hours + 30 Hours Junior Instructing
- MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSE: 500 Hours (Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy)
New Jersey Cosmetology License Renewal
Cosmetology license renewal in New Jersey happens every two years in even-numbered years. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license is $60. Cosmetology continuing education is not required for most licenses, though electrolysis licensees must do 2 CEUs each licensure period. Though continuing education may not be required for some practitioners' licenses, cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. If licenses are expired more than 7 years, you must take a 250-hour refresher course and you must re-take the exams.
Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in New Jersey
New Jersey offers cosmetology licensure by endorsement to cosmetologist and hairstylist applicants if they meet the NJ requirements for licensure as a cosmetologist or hairstylist, and presently hold a current license as a barber or beautician in another state or foreign country. If you want to work in New Jersey with any other practitioner's license, you must submit an "out-of-state" application and the required documentation from your home state, as well as pass the NJ board examination. The application must be requested in writing and the board will mail it to you.
NJ State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information
New Jersey Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling
PO Box 45003
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone Number: 973-504-6400
Fax Number: 973-504-6477
New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
PO Box 47032
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone Number: 973-504-6520
The New Jersey 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 New Jersey state cosmetology license.
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