How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist?
Most state license boards require a minimum of 1,500 hours of education credits, and that would be equivalent to eighteen months. However, the requirements may vary from state to state, because some states allow an equivalent of 3,000 hours of apprenticeship in lieu of a formal certified training.
In some states, like Alaska for example, the services rendered by a cosmetologist are limited to rendering facials, hair removal and make-up jobs only. If you want to cut and style hair, as well as do some manicure and pedicure services, you have to take a different state licensure exam. In this particular state, a cosmetologist’s or cosmetician’s license requires 350 hours, while that of a hairdresser requires 1,650 hours.
However, US states also have varying age requirements before one can take the licensure exam. Generally, the average age requirement is from 16 to 18 years old to qualify as an exam-taker for a state working license, except for the state of Arizona that requires a license-taker to be at least 23 years old. This denotes that in this particular state, even if you get certified as a beautician at the age of 16, you will still have to wait seven years more before you can apply for a state license.
Another important detail to consider is to make sure that you’re taking your cosmetology training or earning a degree from a state accredited cosmetology school.