Pennsylvania License Requirements

Last Updated: April 25, 2017

To obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics, or nail technology in the state of Pennsylvania, you must meet the education requirements listed below from the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. When getting a Pennsylvania cosmetology license or another beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Pennsylvania's minimum required training hours. From there, you can get your license by taking the state's cosmetology board exams.

The state of Pennsylvania does allow apprenticeship as a way of obtaining your cosmetology training hours. Pennsylvania uses an outside agency to administer board exams. Cosmetology, esthetics and nail technician boards can be taken in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Korean. Cosmetology instructor boards may be taken in English language only.

Pennsylvania is one of many states that does not currently have any continuing education requirements for licensees or those who are renewing their licenses. For specific questions, please contact the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology directly—contact information is at the bottom of the page.

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2017 Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Pennsylvania Cosmetology License Renewal

Cosmetology license renewal in Pennsylvania happens every 2 years. Practitioner licenses cost $67 to renew and cosmetology instructor licenses cost $105 to renew. Cosmetology continuing education hours are not currently required to renew licenses in Pennsylvania, but cosmetology CEUs are always good to stay current in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has beauty practitioner license reciprocity with most states, but does not have reciprocity with Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Utah. Nail technician licenses have no reciprocity with South Carolina, Alabama or West Virginia. There is a $60 fee to transfer your license to Pennsylvania.

PA State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
One Penn Center, 2601 North 3rd Street
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone Number: 717-783-7130
Fax Number: 717-705-5540
E-mail Address:

The Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer questions about obtaining a Pennsylvania license.