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License Requirements


Cosmetologist

Requirements
  • 1500 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Upon completion of the 1500 hours, the individual is eligible to apply for a cosmetology license by submitting the appropriate examination application, which may be obtained from the school or the Exams section of this website . You must successfully complete a written and practical examination.

If you have obtained hours or hold a license from another state please see Out of State Info.

Nail Technician

Requirements
  • 450 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Upon completion of the 450 hour course, the individual is eligible to apply for the nail technician examination. The application should be obtained from the school in which the hours were completed or from the Exams portion of this website.  

If you have obtained hours or hold a license from another state please see Out of State Info.

Esthetician

Requirements
  • 750 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Upon completion of the 750 hour course, the individual is eligible to apply for the esthetics examination. The application should be obtained from the school in which the hours were completed or from the Exams portion of this website.  

If you have obtained hours or hold a license from another state please see Out of State Info.

Apprentice Instructor/Cosmetology Instructor

Requirements
  • 750 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
To become an apprentice instructor:
  • Must be a currently licensed cosmetologist, must have been licensed at least one (1) year and must have a 12th grade education or equivalent.
  • An Apprentice Instructor License Application must be completed by the attending school and submitted to KBC with the required fee within 10 days of enrollment.
The process does not require Board approval. If applicant meets requirements, license is issued. One must complete 750 hours as defined in 201 KAR 12:082. Section 15. Upon completion of the 750 hours, may apply for the instructor examination, written and practical. 


​Applications
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Apprentice Instructor Application