Teacher Training
District of Columbia

If you want inspiration to pursue cosmetology teacher training in D.C., you can get it from the area’s oldest living beauty queen, who turned 91 in 2016. She was crowned Miss Senior DC in 1992, and is a 47-year cancer survivor who is committed to community service helping others. She is a local source of pride in the DC beauty industry. And you can follow in her footsteps by becoming a cosmetology instructor, which will allow you to inspire classrooms of students to follow their dreams like you did.

We are here to help you take the next step, in whatever direction is best for you. We have connections with beauty schools all over D.C. who can help you meet the requirements to teach in this area. If you just need some quick info about hour requirements, salary and job outlook, you can find those details below. But, if you want to see what your options are right now then scroll down to the school listings below, or use the handy-dandy search box at the top of the page.

State License Requirements
Hours + 6 Months Work Experience

Prior to starting your career as a cosmetology instructor, you must meet specific education and experience requirements. In the District of Columbia, you need a current cosmetology license, six months of work experience, and 1,000 hours of training completed at an approved teaching program.


Reach out to the state licensing board for more information:

District of Columbia Board of Barber and Cosmetology

Education Details

DC teacher training programs can help you transform from a master stylist into an inspiring cosmetology instructor. This will include developing leadership skills, effective teaching methods, and other ways to propel students towards their goals. Be sure to ask all the schools in your area, how they help instructors prepare for the requirements in DC.

DC cosmetology instructor course topics: •

  • Communication •
  • Classroom management •
  • Learning styles •
  • Student motivation •
  • Leadership
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

If you want to be a cosmetology instructor in DC, you’ll need to become a licensed cosmetologist with 1,000 hours of training, and at least 6 months of work experience. You will need to renew your license before April 30 in even-numbered years. Additionally, you will need to complete 6 hours of continuing education units to renew your license as well. These courses can be taken on a variety of topics that can enhance your professional skills. See the District of Columbia Department of Regulatory Affairs for more info.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Cosmetology Instructor

The job outlook for a Beauty School Instructor in Washington, DC is very promising. The growth in the industry is projected to be ten percent which is faster than the national average for growth. Washington, DC also leads the nation in annual mean wage for cosmetology related jobs. If you are looking for a career in cosmetology in the Washington, DC area, the future is looking bright. Three of the top cosmetology related locations in Washington, DC are:

  • Salon L'eau - Washington, DC
  • Michael Anthony Salon - Washington, DC
  • Aveda Institute - Washington, DC
State board Contact Information

Washington, DC State Board of Barber Cosmetology
1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Board of Commission Phone Number: 202-442-4320
Fax Number: 202-698-4329
E-mail Address: SheldonJ.Brown@dc.gov

The Washington D.C. 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 District of Columbia cosmetology license.

Finding the right network of professionals with similar thought processes is a key step in becoming a successful cosmetologist. Here are a few associations that we recommend.

  • Vietnamese American Nail Association, http://www.vnana.org/
  • Salon and Spa Professional Trade Association, https://salonspaassociation.com/
  • International Spa Association, http://experienceispa.com/
  • Intercoiffure, http://intercoiffure.com/
  • Hair Artist Association, http://thehairartistassociation.org/

Find the Beauty Schools in District of Columbia that interest you below,

Aveda Institute Washington DC

713 7th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy II

3705 Branch Ave,Lower Level - Iverson Mall
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy Cosmetology, Barber & Massage School

8435 Annapolis Road,
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Program: Cosmetology

Montgomery Beauty and Barber School

8736 Arliss Street,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Program: Cosmetology

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