The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (Board) approves schools of barbering, cosmetology, and electrology that offer courses within the Board's jurisdiction (barbering, cosmetology, electrology, esthetician, and manicuring). In order for a school to be approved by the Board, it must meet the Board's minimum curriculum requirements. Courses that are taught by non-Board-approved schools will not be recognized by the Board, and any hours obtained taking these courses and any certificates received will not qualify you for a Board examination. Please click on the following link for a list of Board approved schools: https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/schools/approved_schools.pdf.
If a school offers to sell you hours or is not teaching the required curriculum, please email the Board at email@example.com or you can file an anonymous complaint by clicking the following link: https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml.
Also, if you submit an application stating that you have completed all the required hours to qualify for a Board examination and you have not completed the minimum curriculum requirements at a Board-approved school, that could be grounds for denial to take a Board examination or grounds for revocation of your license (if licensed).
Please see California Code of Regulations sections 950.1 through 950.5 for the minimum curriculum requirements to qualify for a Board examination by clicking the following link: https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/laws_regs/act_regs.shtml.