Teacher Training
New York

If you think New York offers just about everything for cosmetology instructors, you might be right. Like the instructors in most states, they find creative ways to train their students and perform a community service. This was on full display at the American Barber Institute, in Midtown. At this location, students earning their barber’s license were practicing on people who paid a mere $3 for a cut. It’s these kinds of ideas that separate the good beauty school teachers from the great ones. Are you already thinking about beauty instructor training, and how you can connect with your community?

Our top priority is making sure you have the information you need to make the best decision you can when choosing a beauty school. If you want to review the highlights of earning your instructor training in New York, check out the sections below. Or you can use the search box above and school listings on this page to narrow your options and contact schools. By comparing several programs, you can be sure you choose one that works with your personal and work responsibilities. Good luck on your path to inspiring the next generation of beauty professionals!

State License Requirements
75 - 1000
Hours + Cosmetology License + Work Experience

The first step to becoming a cosmetology instructor in New York is earning a cosmetology license, which requires 1000 hours of education at an accredited institution. Once you get your cosmetology license, you must get experience by working as a cosmetologist in an approved beauty shop. When you have enough experience to pass your instructor licensing exam, you may apply for instructor licensure.


Request information on beauty instructor licensure:

New York Division of Licensing Services

Education Details

New York cosmetology teacher training programs can help you learn how to be a great instructor. Many programs include leadership skills, effective teaching methods, and some other critical course topics that are essential for success. You should also ask each school you speak with how they can help you prepare for your teaching license and requirements.

New York cosmetology teacher training topics include: •

  • Student performance evaluation •
  • Classroom management •
  • Lesson planning •
  • Learning styles
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
4 Years*
License Renewal Period

In New York, you can teach cosmetology after earning your practitioner’s license and gaining at least two years of experience in the field. You will also have to take an exam that is given by the New York Division of Licensing Services. This will assess your ability to teach students in cosmetology. The renewal period for practitioners and instructors is the same. You are required to renew your license every four years, and pay a $40 renewal fee. New York does not require continuing education units to maintain licensure. But they are a good way to stay current in your skills.

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

New York is a very popular place for beauty schools, and prospective beauty school instructors have a better chance of finding gainful employment than in other states. In New York, beauty school instructors spend their time teaching the elements of a particular beauty salon practice, like nails, hair, makeup and more. Instructors, on average, make $49,470 annually. There are currently 119,800 individuals across the country who are employed as instructors.

State board Contact Information

New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services
Albany Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231
Phone Number: 518-474-4429
Fax Number: 518-473-6648

The New York State Board of Cosmetology can answer any of the additional questions you might have about obtaining a New York cosmetology license that we didn’t note above.


If you wish to be a cosmetology instructor in the State of New York, you will need to network with quality professionals in the area. Here is a short list or organizations and associations that you may join to get your career started.

  • New York State Beauty School Association
  • New York State Board of Cosmetology 
  • American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Find the Beauty Schools in New York that interest you below,

American Beauty School, Inc.

1380 Metropolitan Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10462

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Brooklyn

2384 86th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Cheektowaga

Walden Place,2190 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty - Syracuse

2803 Brewerton Rd,
Mattydale, NY 13211

Program: Cosmetology

Westchester School of Beauty Culture

6 Gramatan Avenue,
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

Program: Cosmetology

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center

251 West Route 59,
Nanuet, NY 10954

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools - Manhattan

22 West 34th Street,
New York City-Manhattan, NY 10001

Program: Cosmetology

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center

39 North Plank Rd.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Peekskill-Westchester County

19 Bank Street,
Peekskill-Westchester County, NY 10566

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools - Queens

38-15 Broadway,
Queens, NY 11103

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty - Rochester

633 Jefferson Rd,
Rochester, NY 14623

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Rochester

Elmridge Center, 340 Elmridge Center Drive,
Rochester, NY 14626

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty-West Seneca

1050 Union Rd,
West Seneca, NY 14224

Program: Cosmetology

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