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Cosmetologist License

Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Description

A cosmetologist performs, for compensation, arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, singeing, bleaching, coloring, or similar work on the hair. A cosmetologist may care for or service wigs or hair pieces; manicure; massage, clean, stimulate, manipulate, exercise, beautify or perform similar work upon the hands, arms, face, neck, or feet with hands or by use of cosmetic preparations, tonics, lotions or creams; place or apply artificial eyelashes, give facials, apply make up, give skin care, or remove superfluous hair by tweezing, depilatories, or waxing. Effective July 1, 2015, a cosmetologist may shave using a safety razor.

Licensing Requirements

Be at least 16 years of age and meet educational and examination requirements.

Educational Requirements

Completion of 1,500 hours in practice and theory at a school of cosmetology.

Examination Requirements

Written and practical examination.

Renewal Requirements

Renewal notices are mailed approximately one month prior to renewal date. Licensee required to submit renewal notice with required fee, if applicable, due by expiration date on license.

Application and Fees

For information on application, registration, examination or fees, contact our testing vender PSI online at https://candidate.psiexams.com/index.jsp or by phone, 800-733-9267.

License renewals can be done here.

The Cosmetologist renewal fee is $60.00, as set forth in Rule 0440-1-.13(3) of the Tennessee Rules of Cosmetology.

The renewal form and fee must be submitted to the board office prior to the expiration date listed on the license.  If the renewal is not processed prior, there is an additional late fee of $25.00 per license.  If the late fee is due, your license is not renewed.