Wisconsin State Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology License Information

Last Updated: July 6, 2013

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

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Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Wisconsin Cosmetology License Renewal

Cosmetology license renewal in Wisconsin happens every 2 years in March of odd-numbered years. The cost is $82 to renew licenses, or an additional $25 if the license is renewed late. Currently WI does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew licenses, however that may change in the 2015 renewal cycle. Cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Wisconsin

To transfer your license to Wisconsin, you must have 4000 hours of licensed experience and go through the WI license transfer application process. If you do not yet have 4000 hours of work experience, you will need to take the WI board exams.

WI State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-5511
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address: DSPS@wisconsin.gov

The Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin state cosmetology license.

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