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Examinations Postponed Until Further Notice

Effective immediately,  ALL Kentucky Board of Cosmetology  licensing examinations are being postponed until further notice.  No examinations will be held at this time to limit the person to person contact during the current state declared, state-of-emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board will assess the situation during this time to determine when examinations may be able to resume.

Any candidates that have a currently scheduled examination will be able to reschedule without submitting a new application and fee.  We will work with the testing locations at that time to increase testing days to offer the candidates delayed by this the ability to schedule and test as soon as possible.

*** 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. ***



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. 

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.  

All practical applications for any month must be in the office ten (10) working days prior to the beginning practical examination date (deadline date), exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Notification of the examination date and time the applicant is to appear for examination will be emailed to the applicant after the applicant registers.

* Applicants must report to the practical examination wearing solid colored, non-white scrubs with no identifying information visible.

* Applicants requiring a mannequin stand for the examination must bring a clamp style mannequin stand with them to the facility, these will no longer be provided.  Telescoping mannequin stands will not be allowed in the examination!

* Applicants sitting for the Nail Technician examination will need to bring disposable absorbant pads or towels to cover the the work station while providing services to protect the surfaces from the acrylic being used.

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

* 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 listed below are ONLY for the Practical Examinations and will be held on the same date in all 4 regional locations listed on the exam application (an additional day may be added in a region if needed). 

Examination Dates
Exam DatesDeadline For Exam Application and Board Agenda
June 15, 2020June 01, 2020
July 13, 2020June 26, 2020
August 10, 2020July 27, 2020
September 14, 2020August 28, 2020
October 12, 2020September 28, 2020
November 9, 2020October 23, 2020
December 14, 2020November 30, 2020

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