Kansas License Requirements

Last Updated: April 25, 2017

Before you can legally begin working as a cosmetology professional in the state of Kansas, you have to complete the training hours listed below for each specialty. These requirements are laid out and enforced by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology. As you work toward licensure in your chosen specialty, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Kansas's minimum required training hours and then take the state's cosmetology board exams. You must either meet or exceed the minimum training hours to qualify for licensure. After finishing your training, you are required to pass a licensing exam issued by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology.

Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Kansas cosmetology license and be legally permitted to practice in approved beauty settings. You're now able to work in the state of Kansas. Currently, Kansas only requires continuing education for instructors and permanent makeup artists. However, other beauty professionals are recommended to keep up their education via CEUs throughout their career.

For specific questions and to learn more about the licensure process, please contact the Kansas Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. The state of Kansas does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours for the vast majority of beauty profession licensure, however there are some exceptions, as listed below. Kansas only offers exams in English and exams are administered by ErgoMetrics.

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Kansas Board of Cosmetology License Requirements (2017)

Kansas Cosmetology License Renewal

Kansas licenses expire every two years in the month of your birthday. You must renew your license by the last day of your birth month. The cost to renew any type of beauty license is $45. Continuing education hours are only required for renewing permanent makeup artist licenses and cosmetology instructor licenses. As a permanent makeup artist, you must earn five CEUs during each renewal period. Cosmetology continuing education is always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) to Kansas

Kansas does not have a reciprocity program with other states. If you would like to transfer your license to Kansas, you must complete the out-of-state application that can be found on their website. If you meet the requirements for Kansas beauty professionals, you must complete a 20-question open-book exam. If you do not meet the requirements, you may have to take the full written and practical exam. This is also required if you do not have an active license in your home state.

The cost to transfer your license to Kansas is $50. The state board of cosmetology in your home state must verify your training hours. You must be currently licensed and your home state’s training requirements must be equal to or greater than those of Kansas.

KS State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
714 S.W. Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66617-1139 
Phone Number: 785-296-3155
Fax Number: 785-296-3002
E-mail Address: kboc@kboc.ks.gov