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Licensing Requirements

To become a cosmetologist-hairstylist you must:
  1. Be at least 17 years of age.
  2. Provide proof of successful completion of high school or its equivalent.
  3. Provide proof of successful completion of 1,200 hours of instruction in cosmetology and hairstyling at an approved school in New Jersey, another state or a foreign country. Training completed in another state or a foreign country must, in the opinion of the Board, be substantially similar to that offered at licensed schools within New Jersey.
  4. Take and pass an examination administered by the Board.
To become a manicurist you must:
  1. Be at least 17 years of age.
  2. Provide proof of successful completion of high school or its equivalent.
  3. Provide proof of successful completion of 300 hours of instruction in manicuring at an approved school in New Jersey, another state or a foreign country. Training completed in another state or foreign country must, in the opinion of the Board, be substantially similar to that offered at licensed schools within New Jersey.
  4. Take and pass an examination administered by the Board.
To become a skin care specialist you must:
  1. Be at least 17 years of age.
  2. Provide proof of successful completion of high school or its equivalent.
  3. Provide proof of successful completion of a 600-hour course of instruction at an approved school in New Jersey, another state or a foreign country. Training completed at a school in another state or foreign country must, in the opinion of the Board, be substantially similar to that offered at licensed schools within New Jersey.
  4. Take and pass an examination administered by the Board.
To become a teacher of cosmetology & hairstyling you must:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Provide proof of the successful completion of high school or its equivalent.
  3. Hold a cosmetologist-hairstylist license issued by the Board.
  4. Provide proof of the successful completion of a teacher training course of 500 hours at an approved school in New Jersey, another state or a foreign country. Training completed at a school in another state or foreign country must, in the opinion of the Board, be substantially similar to that offered at licensed schools within New Jersey.
  5. Provide proof of successful completion of a 30-hour teaching methods course conducted by a college approved by the State Board of Higher Education or a substantially equivalent course conducted by a college in another state which is approved by the higher education authorities in that state.
  6. Substantiate the completion of six months of employment in a licensed shop within this state.
  7. Take and pass an examination administered by the Board.
Endorsement

Licensure by endorsement is offered to cosmetologist-hairstylist applicants if they satisfy the requirements for licensure as a cosmetologist-hairstylist, and presently hold a current license as a barber and beautician in another state or foreign country.

   
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