Licensing Hour Requirements

Alabama

  • Barber – 1000 hours for Class II

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetician – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Nail Technician – 750 hours or 1200 apprenticeship hours

  • Instructor – 1500 hours, unless you have a manager’s license, then it’s 650 hours. You have to be licensed for one year to receive a manager’s license.

 

Alaska

  • Barber – 1650 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetician – 350 hours

  • Hairdresser – 1650 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Instructor – 600 hours if licensed between 1-3 years. If licensed over 3 years, no additional training hours are needed.

  • Manicurist – 250 hours, plus 12 hours of additional instruction

 

Arizona

  • Aesthetician – 600 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours

  • Cosmetologist Instructor – 650 hours

  • Aesthetic Instructor – 500 hours

  • Nail Technician Instructor – 350 hours

 

Arkansas

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours or 350 hours with 1500 cosmetologist hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 600 hours

  • Instructor – cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician must have a current license and accrue 600 hours

 

California

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours or 3200 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours or 2-year apprenticeship

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours

 

Colorado

  • Cosmetologist – 60 semester hours (1,800)

  • Hairstylist – 40 semester hours (1,200)

  • Barber – 50 semester hours (1,500)

  • Nail Technology – 20 semester hours (600)

  • Esthetician – 20 semester hours (600)

 

Connecticut

  • Cosmetician/Hairdresser – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

 

Delaware

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours; Master Barbers require an addition 600 hour apprenticeship

  • Electrologist – 300 hours or 600 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Nail Technology – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 250 hours with two years or more experience licensed and practicing; 500 hours with less than two years

 

District of Columbia

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Nail Technician – 350 hours

  • Skin Care – 125 hours

 

Florida

  • Cosmetologist – 1200 hours

  • Barber – 1200 hours

  • Electrologist – 320 hours

  • Nails – 240 hours

  • Skin – 260 hours

  • Full Specialist – 500 hours

  • Hair Braider – 2-day course (16 hours)

  • Hair Wrapper – 1-day course (6 hours)

 

Georgia

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – Master Barber 1500 hours; Barber II 1140 hours

  • Esthetician – 1000 hours

  • Nail Technician – 525 hours

  • Hair Design –1000 hours

  • Teacher – 750 hours, one year of experience at the master level

  • Cosmetology Clinic Teacher – 500 hours of teacher training and two years of experience, licensed or 1000 hours of teacher training

 

Hawaii

  • Cosmetology – 1800 hours of 3600 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetics – 550 hours or 1100 apprenticeship hours

  • Nail Technician – 350 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Instructor – 600 hours and one year of active licensed experience

 

Idaho

  • Cosmetology – 2000 hours or 4000 apprenticeship hours

  • Electrologist – 500 hours, plus 300 skin care hours or 1600 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetics – 600 hours or 1200 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – Barber-stylist 1800 hours; Barber (no chemicals) 900 hours

  • Nail Technology – 400 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

  • Instructor – 6 month teacher’s course; 3 month teacher’s course with two years licensed experience; 5 years licensed experience immediately preceding application for license

 

Illinois

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours; 150 internship hours can be counted towards this total

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Instructor – 500 hours with two years of licensed experience or 1000 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetician – 750 hours

  • Massage Therapist – 500 hours

  • Nail Technician – 350 hours

  • Hair Braider – 300 hours

 

Indiana

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours

  • Electrologist – 300 hours, plus 1500 hours of “Beauty Culture” courses or 700 hours of Esthetics course, plus license

  • Esthetician – 700 hours

  • Manicurist/Nail Technologist – 450 hours

  • Shampooer – 300 hours

 

Iowa

  • Cosmetologist – 2100 hours

  • Barber – 2100 hours

  • Electrologist – 450 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Nail Technologist – 325 hours

  • Cosmetology Arts & Science Intsructor – 1000 hours

 

Kansas

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Esthetician – 1000 hours

  • Nail Technician – 350 hours

  • Electrologist – 500 hours

  • Instructor – 300 hours with one year of licensed experience, or 450 hours

 

Kentucky

  • Cosmetologist – 1800 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Nail Technician – 600 hours

  • Esthetician – 1000 hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours

 

Louisiana

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetics – 750 hours

  • Nail Technology – 500 hours

  • Instructor – 500 hours and one year licensed experience

 

Maine

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Aesthetician – 600 hours or 1250 apprenticeship hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 200 hours or 400 apprenticeship hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours, 1500 hours as a licensed professional, and 12 credits from a post-secondary school

 

Maryland

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 2 years of an apprenticeship

  • Barber – 1200 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Nail Technician – 250 hours

  • Senior Cosmetologist – Two years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist, passing grades on the Senior Cosmetologist Exam and the Cosmetologist Exam

  • Owner Salon: Submit approved use and occupancy permit from local zoning agency with license application.

  • Owner Limited Practice – Owner Limited Practice license is issued for either manicuring or esthetician. Submit approved use and occupancy permit from  local zoning agency with license application.

  • Apprentice Cosmetologist – Limited to 1 one-year original license & 2 one-year renewals; Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a senior cosmetologist.  Must complete 24 months of training with at least 20 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

  • Apprentice Esthetician – Limited to 1 one-year original license & 1 one-year renewal; Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a senior cosmetologist or a 2 year licensed esthetician. Must complete 12 months of training with at least 20 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

  • Apprentice Nail Technician – Limited to 1 one-year original license; Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a licensed senior cosmetologist or 2 year licensed nail technician. Must complete 8 months of training with at least 20 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

 

Massachusetts

  • Cosmetologist/Hairdresser – 1000 hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours

  • Aesthetician – 300 hours

  • Electrologist – 1100 hours, exams 2 times/year

  • Manicurist – 100 hours

 

Michigan

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 2 years of an apprenticeship

  • Barber – 1800 hours

  • Electrologist – 400 hours or 6-month apprenticeship

  • Esthetician – 400 hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours

  • Natural Hair Culturist – 400 hours

  • Cosmetology Instructor – 500 hours

  • Instructor (all others) – 300 hours

 

Minnesota

  • Cosmetologist – 1550 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 350 hours

  • Instructor – 2700 hours of licensed practice

 

Mississippi

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Esthetics – 600 hours

  • Manicuring – 350 hours

  • Wigology – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 750 hours, 12 semester hours in college courses, 2 years licensed practice; or 2000 hours

 

Missouri

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours

  • Esthetician – 750 hours or 1500 apprenticeship hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

  • Instructor Training – 300 to 600 hours (depending on experience)

 

Montana

  • Cosmetologist – 2000 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours with chemicals; 1000 without chemicals

  • Barber Supplemental – 150 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetician – 650 hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours (as of Oct. 2014)

  • Microdermabrasion – 50 hours (must have a cosmetologist or esthetician license)

  • Instructor – 650 hours with 1 year of licensed practice; or 3 years of licensed practice

 

Nebraska

  • Cosmetology – 2100 hours

  • Barber – 2100 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Nail Technician – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 925 hours

 

Nevada

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Aesthetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 500 hours or 1000 apprenticeship hours

  • Hair Designer – 1200 hours

  • Manicurist – 500 hours

  • Instructor – 500-1000 hours and one year of licensed experience

 

New Hampshire

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours; 800 hours for non-chemical barbers

  • Electrologist – 1100 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 800 hours; 500 hours with 12 months licensed practice; or 8 years of licensed practice

 

New Jersey

  • Cosmetologist – 1200 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 300 hours

  • Skin Care Specialist – 600 hours

  • Instructor – 500 hours

 

New Mexico

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours

  • Barber – 1200 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Manicurist/Pedicurist – 350 hours

  • Manicurist/Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours

 

New York

  • Cosmetology – 1000 hours

  • Barber – each school determines the length of study

  • Esthetics – 600 hours

  • Nail Specialty – 250 hours

  • Natural Hair Styling – 300 hours

  • Waxing – 75 hours

  • Instructor – 2 years of licensed practice

 

North Carolina

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 1200 hours with a 6 month apprenticeship program

  • Barber – 1528 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 300 hours

  • Cosmetologist Instructor – 800 hours, 5-years full-time work

  • Esthetician Instructor – 650 hours, 3-years full-time work

  • Manicurist Instructor – 320 hours, 2-years full-time work

 

North Dakota

  • Cosmetology – 1800 hours

  • Barber – 1550 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetics – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 350 hours

  • Instructor – 160-960 hours depending on length of licensed practice

 

Ohio

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours, 150 of which can be internship hours

  • Managing Cosmetologist – 1800 hours

  • Barber – 1800 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Hair Designer – 1200 hours

  • Manicurist – 200 hours

  • Natural Hair Stylist – 450 hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours or 1800 hours of licensed practice

 

Oklahoma

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Cosmetician – 600 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetician/Facialist – 600 hours

  • Hair braiding Technician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 600 hours

  • Instructor – 1000 hours or 300 hours with 2 years licensed practice

 

Oregon

  • Hair Design – 1700 hours

  • Barbering – 1100 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Facial Technology – 500 hours

  • Nail Technology – 600 hours

  • Hair Design, Esthetics and Nail Technology – 2300 hours

  • Hair Design and Esthetics – 1950 hours

  • Hair Design and Nail Technology – 2050 hours

  • Nail Technology and Esthetics  – 850 hours

  • Instructor – two years of licensed practice or two years of instructor training

 

Pennsylvania

  • Cosmetologist – 1250 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1250 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetician – 300 hours

  • Nail Technician – 200 hours

  • Massage Therapy – 600 hours

  • Educators – 500 hours

 

Rhode Island

  • Hairdresser, Cosmetician – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Electrologist – 650 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 300 hours

 

South Carolina

  • Cosmetology – 1500 hours

  • Nail Technology – 300 hours

  • Esthetics – 450 hours

  • Hair Braiding – 1-day course (6 hours)

  • Instructor – If person has been licensed and practicing for MORE THAN two years, then he/she must take a 45 Hour Methods of Teaching Course.  If a person has been licensed and practicing for LESS THAN two years, then he/she must take a 750 Hour Instructor Training Program as well as a 45 Hour Methods of Teaching Course.

 

South Dakota

  • Cosmetology – 2100 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Nail Technician – 400 hours

  • Instructor – 1012 hours and 1000 hours of licensed practice

 

Tennessee

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Esthetician – 750 hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 600 hours

  • Natural Hair Stylist – 300 hours

  • Shampoo Technician – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 300 hours

 

Texas

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Barber Technician – 300 hours

  • Manicurist – 600 hours

  • Facial Specialist – 750 hours

  • Instructor – 500-750 hours depending on length of licensed practice

 

Utah

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours or 1500 apprenticeship hours

  • Electrologist – 600 hours

  • Esthetics – 600 hours

  • Master Esthetician – 1200 hours

  • Nail Technologist – 300 hours

  • Instructor – 400 hours, or 3000 hours in licensed practice

 

Vermont

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Esthetician – 300 hours

  • Manicurist – 150 hours

  • Instructor – 3 full-time years in licensed practice

 

Virginia

  • Cosmetologist – 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours

  • Hair Braider – 170 hours

  • Nail Technician – 150 hours

  • Wax Technician – 150 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Master esthetician – 600 hours

 

Washington

  • Cosmetologist – 1600 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barber – 1000 hours

  • Esthetician – 600 hours

  • Manicurist – 600 hours

  • Instructor – 500 hours

 

West Virginia

  • Cosmetologist – 1800 hours

  • Barber – 1500 hours with chemical services, 1200 hours without chemical services

  • Master Esthetics – 1200 hours

  • Esthetician – 750 hours

  • Manicurist – 400 hours

  • Instructor – 5 years of licensed practice

 

Wisconsin

  • Cosmetologist – 1550 hours or 4000 apprenticeship hours

  • Barbering – 1000 hours

  • Manicurist – 300 hours

  • Esthetician – 450 hours

  • Electrologist – 450 hours

  • Instructor Trainer – 150 hours and 2000 hours of licensed practice

 

Wyoming

  • Cosmetology – 1600 hours

  • Barber – 1250 hours with chemical services, 1000 without chemical services

  • Nail Technology – 400 hours

  • Esthetics – 600 hours

  • Instructor – 500 hours

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