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Exams

Practical Examinations
The practical examinations are only being administered at the Lawrenceburg testing site at this time.  Examination dates are being scheduled now and candidates that have applied for or need to reschedule due to examination cancellations have begun receiving their preregistration emails to schedule their examination.  If you have applied for a practical examination please check your email inbox for your registration instructions.  If you have not received an email to reschedule from a cancelled examination please contact the board office.

Theory Examinations
Theory sites are open with reduced seating due to new guidelines.  The preregistration emails for the candidates that have applied for theory examinations are being sent.  Due to reduced seating wait times for examinations may increase.

*Please see new Theory and Pratical Testing Site Requirements Below*

*** Due to the high volume of applicants, please allow a minimum of 30 days for application processing time. Receipt of applications cannot be verified by the office unless it has been more than 30 days from submission. If you require verification of receipt, please submit your application by traceable means through the postal system. ***


 


Examinations

Theory Examinations:
Applicants will first submit an application to register for the theory examination to the board office.  Applicants MUST provide a valid email address in order to schedule the theory examination location, date, and time.  

Theory scheduling will be completed by the applicant after applying with the board office.  The applicant will be provided a link via email following submission of their application to schedule the specific location, date, and time that is convenient for the applicant.

Applicants must pass the theory examination before application and fee for the practical examination may be submitted for scheduling.

Theory Candidate Information Bulletins (CIB) list sample questions for each license discipline.

Theory Examinations are held in multiple locations with dates and times that are specific to each location.  The testing centers determine the schedule for their facility.  Board staff cannot provide an applicant with a theory testing center's schedule. 

Additional Theory Examination Requirements as of June 1, 2020

  • All candidates are required to bring and wear a face mask/covering or face shield at all times while on the testing site premises.
  • Candidates must have their candidate admission letter and government-issued photo ID ready when entering the testing site.  Admission letters must be printed.
  • Candidates must maintain a social distance of 6 feet from other candidates at all times during check-in, examination, and exit from the testing facility.
  • Temperature checks will be taken prior to entry into the testing facility.
  • Any candidate exhibiting signs of illness or registering a temperature of 100.4 or above upon arrival or during the examination at the testing facility will be required to reschedule for a future examination date and time.
  • Candidates that have experienced symptoms or been in contact with a person experiencing symptoms of illness or fever (100.4 or above) within 48 hours of the examination are asked to reschedule their examination for a later date. Please contact the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology for rescheduling information.


Practical Examinations: 
After successful completion of the theory examination, applicants must submit the examination application and fee to be scheduled for the practical examination.  Applicants must indicate a testing center location.  Applicants practical examination scheduling will be completed by the applicant after applying with the board office.  The applicant will be provided a link via email following submission of their application to schedule the specific location, date, and time that is convenient for the applicant.  

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS AS OF JUNE 1, 2020

  • Candidates may not enter the testing facility until their scheduled test time.  At that time the examination proctor will escort the candidates into the building. NO VISITORS are allowed on the premises of the testing site. Late arrivals will not be allowed entry into the facility.
  • All candidates are required to bring and wear a face mask/covering or face shield at all times while on the testing site premises.
  • Candidates must have their candidate admission letter and government-issued photo ID ready when entering the testing site.  Admission letters must be printed.
  • No personal items are allowed in the testing facility. Please leave purses, phones, etc. locked in your vehicle.  Candidates exiting the testing facility after check-in and before the completion of the examination will not be allowed re-entry.
  • Candidates are required to wear non-white, solid colored scrubs with no identifying information (top and bottom). 
  • Candidates must maintain a social distance of 6 feet from other candidates at all times during check-in, examination, and exit from the testing facility.
  • Any candidate that does not have an EPA-registered disinfectant or hand sanitizer for use during their examination will be required to reschedule for a future examination. Please note: Lysol, Clorox, and generic brands of these disinfectants are not allowed due to contact time requirements.
  • Cosmetology candidates must bring a mannequin stand (clamp, telescoping, or suction cup) for use during the examination.
  • Nail Technician candidates must bring disposable absorbent pads or towels to cover their work area during the examination.
  • Temperature checks will be taken prior to entry into the testing facility.
  • Any candidate exhibiting signs of illness or registering a temperature of 100.4 or above upon arrival or during the examination at the testing facility will be required to reschedule for a future examination date and time.
  • Candidates that have experienced symptoms or been in contact with a person experiencing symptoms of illness or fever (100.4 or above) within 48 hours of the examination are asked to reschedule their examination for a later date. Please contact the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology for rescheduling information.

* All suggested supplies lists and examination information is listed in the NIC Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) links provided.  Additional information can be found at www.nictesting.org.

* Applications and fees for the Theory and Practical examination MUST be submitted separately.  NO Application will be accepted that is marked for both examinations nor received with fees for both the theory and practical!

* All Examination Applications require a 2 x 2 passport photo to be submitted with the application.  Please see the link below for passport photo guidelines.

           Passport Photo Guidelines : Passport Photo Requirements.pdf

* Examination Scores will be emailed to the candidate within 5 days of completion of the examination.  Examination scores WILL NOT be provided at the testing facility and WILL NOT be verified or released over the phone.

Examination dates are subject to change at the Board’s discretion.​

Dates and locations for the examinations will be made available to the candidate when they receive their preregistration email and follow the link to register.


Practical examinations are available at the Lawrenceburg testing site every Monday (Cosmetology & Nail Technician) and Wednesday (Cosmetology & Esthetics). Instructors will be contacted for scheduling after applying.

The Lawrenceburg testing site is the only practical testing site available at this time due to social distancing restrictions.

Examination Instructions

Cosmetology Theory Examination

Cosmetology Theory CIB

Cosmetology Practical Examination

Cosmetology Practical- Main CIB

Cosmetology Practical- Basic Facial CIB

Cosmetology Practical- Hair Removal of the Eyebrow CIB

Cosmetology Practical- Manicure and Polish CIB

Nail Technology Theory Examination

Nail Technology Theory CIB

Nail Technology Practical Examination

Nail Technology Practical CIB

Esthetics Theory Examination

Esthetics Theory CIB

Esthetics Practical Examination

Esthetics Practical CIB- Main

Esthetics Practical CIB- Particle Microdermabrasion

Instructor Theory Examination

Instructor Theory CIB

Instructor Practical Examination

Instructor Practical Examination CIB