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All Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Electrologists and Manicurists who wish to become licensed in California must submit a completed initial examination application with the appropriate fee and any additional documentation.
Examination and Initial License Fee Application
- To complete an examination application and print and mail it click here.
- To complete the online examination application click here.
All Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Electrologists and Manicurists who have failed an examination, must submit a completed re-examination application with the appropriate fee.
The Apprenticeship Program is a training program that allows a trainee, called an apprentice, to earn a wage while studying to become a cosmetologist or a barber under the guidance and supervision of a California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensee in a salon licensed by the Board. A contract, called an indenture agreement, is drawn up between the salon owner and the student apprentice.
This is a full time two year program. The apprentice must be employed full-time(at least 32 hours a week) and receive supplemental instructions in a classroom. At the completion of 3200 salon hours and 220 hours in a classroom, the apprentice must apply for a professional license, pay the appropriate fee, and pass the license examination.
It takes approximately 8 weeks to process an examination application. If it has been more than 8 weeks, please contact the Board at (916) 574-7570.