North Dakota

Are you looking for a career that that offers flexible scheduling, the potential for upward growth, and the opportunity to work with new people every day? Cosmetology could be the perfect fit for you.

North Dakota salons, spas, and nail shops rely on experienced beauty professionals to give customers excellent service.

State License Requirements

After completing your training at an approved school, it’s time to take your licensing tests. You take a written test followed by a skills test. North Dakota charges a testing fee of $70. From there, you can apply for your license through the North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology.

Education Details

Working in this field means using lots of tools, machines, and chemicals. With a great beauty school education, you can develop the skills you need to use these items effectively and safely. North Dakota requires students to complete at least 1,800 hours of training before becoming licensed. Certain topics are required in standard beauty programs.

Topics Taught at North Dakota Beauty Schools

  • Hair shaping
  • Hairstyling
  • Nails
  • Facials and skin care
  • Chemical services
  • Theory, law, and sanitation
  • Related subjects as chosen by instructors

Most of your 1,800 hours should be spent on the salon floor. From mannequins to clients, getting experience with cosmetology techniques is the key to your improvement.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology license renewal in North Dakota happens every year before December 31. The cost to renew your beauty practitioner license is $15, and the cost to renew your cosmetology instructor license is $20. Instructors need 8 hours of board-approved cosmetology continuing education. Before attending any seminar every instructor must apply in writing to the board to get the seminar approved. Cosmetology continuing education is not required for the other beauty practitioner licenses.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

In North Dakota, the average salary for a cosmetologist is $29,650 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). From 2014 through 2024, job openings for North Dakota cosmetologists may swell 8% (O*Net, 2016).

Working as a Cosmetologist

Cosmetology is a field with diverse employment options, which is what makes it so appealing to many students! With a license, you may work for a salon or spa as a cosmetologist. This option may let you work a variety of shifts to fit your schedule and your salon’s needs. Self-employed cosmetologists can rent a chair at a local salon and do their own marketing. Some cosmetologists even go on to become salon owners!

State board Contact Information

North Dakota Board of Cosmetology
1102 South Washington Street, #200
PO Box 2177
Bismarck, ND 58502-2177
Phone Number: 701-224-9800
Fax Number: 701-222-8756
E-mail Address:

For specific questions, please contact the North Dakota Board of Cosmetology directly.

According to state board accounts, cosmetology in North Dakota is responsible
for workforce and small business market expansion in the past decade. With
those prospects in view, many take advantage of these resources to get their
own careers started.

North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology
American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Find the Beauty Schools in North Dakota that interest you below,

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

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