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Education Requirements for Cosmetologists in Florida

Florida can be a fantastic place to start your cosmetology career. With all of the colleges located throughout the state and the millions of tourists that travel to this beautiful state every year, you can make bank as a cosmetologist. As an added bonus, this can also mean getting experience with lots of different techniques, styles, and demographic groups.

The Florida Board of Cosmetology works hard to make sure that professionals working in the cosmetology field in Florida meet the standards of this industry. The school you choose must be approved by the Board of Cosmetology and you must earn your Florida state cosmetology license through them.

To qualify for licensure as a cosmetologist, you must attend a school with a curriculum that covers the following subjects:

• Sanitation and disinfection
• Hair shaping
• Scalp treatments and hair rinses
• Shampoos and rinses
• Hairstyling
• Hair coloring
• Chemical waving/relaxing/straightening
• Manicuring/nail extensions

Beauty salon management is an optional, but recommended, topic of study for cosmetology students. Choosing a school that offers some salon management training can help you prepare for the different responsibilities you might have as a cosmetologist.

There are many beauty schools in Florida that are ready to help you learn how to get a cosmetology license in Florida. Request information from schools below.

Florida Cosmetology License Requirements

You should feel confident about your cosmetology skills and your ability to perform procedures independently after you complete your education. However, you may not work independently until you meet the state of Florida cosmetology license requirements. These requirements involve passing tests that prove your skills and registering with the Board of Cosmetology.

Keep reading to find out the fees and expectations associated with cosmetology licensure:

• $50 testing fee
• Fees paid by credit card or electronic check
• $40 initial license fee
• Must complete 1,200 training hours; no apprentice option in Florida
• You may take the exam after completing 1,000 hours, although you must still complete all 1,200 hours
• Testing goes through Pearson VUE

Making all cosmetology professionals meet the same standards and testing requirements is a big part of the success of the cosmetology industry. When cosmetology was not a licensed profession, it was easy for anyone to call themselves a cosmetologist. This meant that untrained employees could seriously harm clients, either intentionally or unintentionally.

New licensure requirements mean that customers are protected from rogue beauty professionals, and they can trust that they won’t receive unprofessional or dangerous care when they sit down in the salon chair.

Requirements for Renewing Your Cosmetology License in Florida

A major part of keeping your Florida cosmetology license is renewing it on time during every renewal cycle. When you get your license, you will be assigned to Group 1 or Group 2. Licenses in Group 1 must be renewed by October 31 of even-numbered years, while licenses in Group 2 must be renewed by October 31 of odd-numbered years. In either case, the renewal fee is $45.

Before you can qualify for license renewal, you must complete at least 16 hours of continuing education. Continuing education hours may be earned at Board-sponsored training events, trade shows, some on training classes, or approved seminars.

The sooner you learn more about earning an FL cosmetology license and what it takes to succeed in this industry, the sooner you can start your career. Find out more by reaching out to cosmetology programs in Florida.

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Largo, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
St Petersburg, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Lakeland, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Tampa, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Aveda Institute – Accredited
Fort Myers, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited
Boca Raton, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Electrology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Design / Make-Up Artist Training / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited
Parkland, FL
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Electrology / Barbering
Daytona College – Accredited
Ormond Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Lakeland, FL
Cosmetology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology
West Palm Beach, FL
Cosmetology
Plantation, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Casselberry, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Electrology / Barbering
Hollywood, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Electrology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Margate, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Electrology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
West Palm Beach, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Electrology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Ocala, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Kissimmee, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
West Palm Beach, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Boynton Beach, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Valrico, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering

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St. Petersburg, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Kissimmee, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Melbourne, FL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Merritt Island, FL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Boca Raton, FL
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training
Bonita Springs, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Orange Park, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Hollywood, FL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Permanent Make-Up / Electrology
Aveda Institute – Accredited
Tallahassee, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Be Aveda – Accredited
Clearwater, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Be Aveda – Accredited
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Be Aveda – Accredited
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training
Be Aveda – Accredited
Winter Park, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Hialeah Gardens, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology
Vero Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Niceville, FL
Cosmetology
Deerfield Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Hair Design
Hialeah, FL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Electrology / Salon Management / Barbering
Homestead, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Biscayne Park, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Brooksville, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Port Richey, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Kissimmee, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Starke, FL
Cosmetology
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cosmetology
Cape Coral, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Hialeah, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Miami, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Charlotte, FL
Cosmetology
Vero Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Marianna, FL
Cosmetology
Cozmo Beauty School – Accredited
Bonita Springs, FL
Cosmetology
Daytona Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Lake Worth, FL
Cosmetology
Cocoa, FL
Cosmetology
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Electrology / Barbering
Miami Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Panama City, FL
Cosmetology
Pompano Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Defuniak Springs, FL
Cosmetology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Hair Braiding / Barbering
Sarasota, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Saint Augustine, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Palm Coast, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Oakland Park, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Florida Academy – Accredited
Fort Myers, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology
Longwood, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Lake City, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Chipley, FL
Cosmetology
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology
Pembroke Pines, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Plant City, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Fort Myers, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Fort Pierce, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Orange Park, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Pensacola, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
New Port Richey, FL
Cosmetology
Hialeah, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Design
Pensacola, FL
Cosmetology
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Nail Technology
Miami, FL
Cosmetology
Longwood, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Immokalee, FL
Cosmetology
Fort Pierce, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology
South Daytona, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Boca Raton, FL
Cosmetology
Margate, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Pembroke Pines, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Lakeland, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Hialeah, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Eustis, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology
Greenacres, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Tallahassee, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
St Petersburg, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Naples, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Bradenton, FL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Pompano Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Meridian College – Accredited
Sarasota, FL
Cosmetology
Miami, FL
Cosmetology
Miami Lakes, FL
Cosmetology
Miami, FL
Cosmetology
Kissimmee, FL
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Miami, FL
Cosmetology
Tallahassee, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Nouvelle Institute – Accredited
Hialeah, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Nouvelle Institute – Accredited
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Cosmetology
Winter Garden, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Winter Park, FL
Cosmetology
Kissimmee, FL
Cosmetology
St. Cloud, FL
Cosmetology
Lake Worth, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Electrology
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Fort Myers, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Kendall, FL
Cosmetology
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Oviedo, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Plantation, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Pensacola, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Clearwater, FL
Cosmetology
Saint Petersburg, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Port St. Lucie, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
North Miami Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Boca Raton, FL
Cosmetology
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Winter Haven, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Live Oak, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Rockledge, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Hair Design
Lake Wales, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Lakeland, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Hollywood, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Palm Harbor, FL
Cosmetology
Avon Park, FL
Cosmetology
Gainesville, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Sarasota, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Brooksville, FL
Cosmetology
The Villages, FL
Cosmetology
West Palm Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Miami, FL
Cosmetology
Delray Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Fort Myers, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Melbourne, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Panama City, FL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
West Palm Beach, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Lakeland, FL
Cosmetology
Trend Setters – Accredited
Jacksonville, FL
Cosmetology / Barbering
Miami, FL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Sebring, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Tampa, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Biscayne Park, FL
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training
Inverness, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Tallahassee, FL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Orlando, FL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
School Accreditation

You must attend a school that is approved by your state to provide training in the discipline you want to practice. Check with the school and the state board to be sure that your program of study will prepare you for any applicable state licensure.