Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber

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As of November 24th, 2014, the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology no longer requires a hands-on practical examination in order to obtain one of the following licenses: Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Natural Hair Braider, Cosmetology Teacher, Esthetics Teacher, Nail Technology Teacher and Natural Hair Braiding Teacher.

Candidates for these licenses are required to take a COMBINED THEORY/PROCEDURAL SKILL COMPUTER BASED EXAM.

Message for Early Theory/Procedural Skills exam candidates
If you meet the minimum requirements for EARLY TESTING (900 hours for Cosmetologist) and submit your application prior to completion of the required hours (to obtain a license), you will be permitted to take the exam. However, you will NOT BE ISSUED A LICENSE until your school has submitted the transcripts VERIFYING that you have completed the required hours for the license (1,250 for Cosmetologist, etc).

Reciprocity for Cosmetology

Reciprocity agreements are subject to change, so please contact the board to review the requirements:

Non-Reciprocal States:
If you hold a current license in a state where Pennsylvania DOES NOT have an understanding of reciprocity you are required to take and pass 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.



Document Name Format Size
Pennsylvania Cosmetology Candidate Handbook
This handbook was updated February 2016
PDF 827 KB
Frequently Asked Questions PDF 82 KB
Exam Preparation
Theory/Procedural Skills Examination Content Outline PDF 242 KB
Licensure by Examination Application
Cosmetology Application for Professional Licensure by examination PDF 401 KB
Cosmetology Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination PDF 373 KB


Document Name Format Size
Pennsylvania Barber Candidate Handbook
This handbook was updated April 2016
PDF 532 KB
Pennsylvania Barber FAQ’s
This handbook was updated May 2016
PDF 532 KB
Barber Test Dates and Locations
This document was updated April 2016
PDF 2.1 MB
Exam Preparation
Practical Skills and Theory Examination Content Outlines PDF 242 KB
Practical Examination Equipment/Supplies List PDF 66 KB
Teacher Practical Examination Candidate Information 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 July 2015
PDF 483 KB
Barber Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination PDF 377 KB
Last updated 2016-05-04