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Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber

This page contains specific information about testing for a Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber license. Register for your next exam, find test information, or download handbooks/applications/forms from this page.

Important Update
Effective November 24th, 2014, the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology will no longer require a hands-on practical examination in order to acquire a license for the following: Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Natural Hair Braider, Cosmetology Teacher, Esthetics Teacher, Nail Technology Teacher and Natural Hair Braiding Teacher.

As of November 25th, 2014, candidates will be required to take a new “combined” theory/procedural skill computer based exam. Any candidate who has not passed both the current theory/practical exams as of Nov 24th will be required to take the new combined theory/procedural skill exam.

The release date of the new combined exam is still to be determined.

There will be no change in exams for Barbers.

Please check back for updates regarding this change.

Reciprocity for Cosmetology

Reciprocity agreements are subject to change, so please contact the board to review the requirements: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/cosmet.

  • Non-Reciprocal States:
    EFFECTIVE June 30, 2014, if you hold a current license in a state where Pennsylvania DOES NOT have an understanding of reciprocity you will be required to take and pass both the practical and theory parts of the examination. If testing after November 25th, you will be required to take the combined theory/procedural skill computer based exam. Please complete and submit a cosmetology application and review the instructions.

Examination Scheduling Information

Please VERIFY that your name and personal information are CORRECT. Contact Pearson VUE immediately to correct the spelling of your name or update your personal information if you notice any errors. It is very important that this information is correct, as it will appear as it was entered on the documentation provided to you after you have completed the exam, as well as on any reports to your licensing agency.

Appointments may be made up to one calendar day prior to the day you wish to test, subject to availability. Pearson VUE offers the following scheduling options:

  • Schedule Test Online
  • Schedule Test Over the Phone
Last updated 2014-10-16