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Kentucky​ schools have 10 days to graduate you from their program. This is a requirement in order for you to be eligible. PSI can take an additional two weeks to upload your eligibility information. Your patience is appreciated.

Graduation date will determine your registration email from PSI - eligibility​ uploads will take place at KBC on Friday afternoons. PSI will not receive this information until the next business day. 

Registration for examinations has begun. If you have not received a PSI registration email but are eligible for examination please contact us at​​ with the following:

Legal name, DOB, last 4 of SSN, permit number, contact phone number, mailing address ​& email address 

​​If you have received your registration email from PSI and are still experiencing issues creating an account or scheduling online please contact:​ for additional assistance 

Dates and locations will be available​ on the PSI portal upon completion of registration with vendor

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

Theory Examinations:

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

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. 

To purchase the theory practice examinations from the test vendor visit: ​​

​​Practical Examinations
Practical examinations ​are administered at the following locations:​

  • Lawrenceburg (Every Monday -Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technician)MAP​
  • Paintsville (Every 2nd Monday of the month- Cosmetology)MAP
  • Madisonville (Every 3rd Monday of the month- Cosmetology)MAP​​​

​​Examination Instructions - Test Taker Guides (CIB's) 


Cosmetology Test Taker Guide


Esthetics Test Taker Guide

Nail Technician

Nail Technician Test Taker Guide

Shampoo Styling (Blow Dry Styling)

Shampoo Stylist Test Taker Guide

Cosmetology Instructor

Cosmetology Instructor Test Taker Guide

Esthetician Instructor

Esthetics Instructor Test Taker Guide

Nail Technician Instructor

Nail Technician Instructor Test Taker Guide 

​Examination Applications
Out of State Application for Examination