Last Updated: April 25, 2017
Interested in a career that lets you make the people of Louisiana feel and look their best? The Louisiana Board of Cosmetology is the licensing agency for all cosmetology professions in this state. To qualify for licensure in a cosmetology specialty, you’ll need to meet the requirements of the Board, which are listed below.
After finishing your training, you are required to pass a licensing exam issued by the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology. This exam includes a practical component and a written component, so you’ll need to hit the books and practice your skills to adequately prepare. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Louisiana cosmetology license in the mail and be able to begin you career in Louisiana.
Although Louisiana does not require continuing education as part of the license renewal process, you should still think of continuing education as a necessary part of your career. Continuing education is the key to refreshing your skills and gaining new skills throughout your career. Louisiana allows you to take the cosmetology board exam in English only.
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2017 Louisiana Board of Cosmetology License Requirements
- COSMETOLOGIST LICENSE: 1500 Hours
- HAIR DESIGN LICENSE: 500 Hours
- BARBER LICENSE: 1500 Hours - Contact the Louisiana Board of Barbering
- NAIL TECHNICIAN LICENSE: 500 Hours
- ESTHETICIAN LICENSE: 750 Hours
- MAKEUP ARTIST PERMIT: 40 Hours
- COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: 500 Hours + Cosmetology License
- PERMANENT MAKEUP ARTIST LICENSE: Contact the Department of Health and Hospitals
- ELECTROLOGIST LICENSE: Contact the Louisiana State Board of Electrolysis Examiners
- MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSE: 500 Hours
Louisiana Cosmetology License Renewal
Cosmetology licenses in Louisiana must be renewed every year by the licensee's birthday. It costs $25 to renew an in-state license, or $50 for an out-of-state renewal. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Louisiana, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. If you let your license remain expired for more than one year but fewer than three years, you must apply to have your license restored. If your license has been expired for less than two years but more than one year, you must pay a $50 renewal fee; the fee jumps to $100 if your license has been expired for at least two years.
Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Louisiana
The Louisiana cosmetology board does not have reciprocity with WI, VT, TX, TN, MN, MI, MA, MD, MT, NE, NJ, NM, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, and WV. Those out-of-state transfer applicants will need to take an NIC Exam for $25, a State Theory Exam for $25, and a practical exam for $25, then pay the reciprocity license fee of $50.
LA State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information
Louisiana Board of Cosmetology
11622 Sunbelt Court
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone Number: 225-756-3404
Toll-Free Phone Number: 866-257-7901
Fax Number: 225-756-3410
Contact the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology for help with additional questions about obtaining a Louisiana cosmetology license.