Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber

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.

There will be no change in exams for Barbers.

The release date of the new combined exam is November 25, 2014. Please see updated handbook and application below.

Reciprocity for Cosmetology

Reciprocity agreements are subject to change, so please contact the board to review the requirements: 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 you have registered your LEGAL name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that your personal information is 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.

Downloads

Cosmetology

Document Name Format Size
Pennsylvania Cosmetology Candidate Handbook
This handbook was updated November 2014
PDF 827 KB
Frequently Asked Questions
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 82 KB
Exam Preparation
Theory/Procedural Skills Examination Content Outline
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 242 KB
Licensure by Examination Application
Cosmetology Application for Professional Licensure by examination
This application was updated November 2014
PDF 401 KB
Cosmetology Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination
This application was updated November 2014
PDF 373 KB

Barber

Document Name Format Size
Pennsylvania Barber Candidate Handbook
This handbook was updated November 2014
PDF 532 KB
Barber Test Dates and Locations
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 2.1 MB
Exam Preparation
Practical Skills and Theory Examination Content Outlines
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 242 KB
Practical Examination Equipment/Supplies List
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 66 KB
Teacher Practical Examination Candidate Information
This document was updated November 2014
PDF 328 KB
Barber Exam Photo Supplement PDF 2.1 MB
Licensure by Examination Application
Barber Application for Professional Licensure by examination
This application was updated November 2014
PDF 483 KB
Barber Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination
This application was updated November 2014
PDF 377 KB
Last updated 2014-11-25