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Education Requirements for Cosmetologists in Illinois

You are looking for a beauty career that gives you the freedom to work with lots of different people, keep a packed schedule, and explore new techniques and procedures all the time. Why not consider earning an Illinois cosmetology license? By following the licensing rules of the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board, you can offer your services at spas and salons all over the state of Illinois.

One of the advantages of working in cosmetology is the fact that you can earn your license pretty quickly when you compare cosmetology programs to other types of post-high school education. As an Illinois student, you have to complete at least 1500 hours in an approved cosmetology program.

Your school must provide thorough training in these subjects:

• Hair arranging
• Hair braiding
• Hair dressing
• Hair cutting and trimming
• Curling, waving, and straightening hair
• Chemical restructuring
• Bleaching and coloring hair
• Manicures
• Sculptured nails
• Pedicures
• Skin care
• Facials

Some of your time in cosmetology school should be spent in the classroom, since you do have to study theory and terminology before you can safely work with certain items and chemicals. However, you may find that you get the most experience and feedback when working on the salon floor. You start by working with mannequin heads, but you can begin working with clients after you reach a certain number of training hours.

The Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board doesn’t require schools to teach business skills and salon management, but you may find that many schools cover the subjects. This type of training can give you the business skills you need to build a client base and adapt to life in the beauty industry.

Are you ready to take the first step to an Illinois state cosmetology license? It’s easy to contact schools near you with our list of beauty schools below.

Illinois Cosmetology License Requirements

Licensing is a cornerstone of the cosmetology industry, so you should definitely spend some time getting familiar with the cosmetology licensing process of Illinois. Working with customers before you are properly licensed can lead to fines and license suspension, so follow these standards carefully:

• Combined testing fee of $180
• Fees must be paid by check or money order made out to Continental Testing Services
• Licensing fee covered in combined testing fee
• 1500 training hours required; no apprenticeship option
• May apply to take exam after completing 1000 hours of education

As a cosmetologist, you can benefit a lot from the state of Illinois cosmetology license requirements. These license requirements ensure that you and your fellow cosmetology professionals are held to the same high standards of practice, training, and experience. This improves the public perception of cosmetology as a field, while giving you a qualification that you can use in your job search.

Requirements for Renewing Your Cosmetology License in Illinois

After you get your first IL cosmetology license, it is up to you to keep the license valid by meeting the state’s renewal requirements. Illinois standards are pretty close to those found in most other states. You must renew your license by September 30 of every even-numbered year. During each two-year period, you must earn and document 14 hours of continuing education. You can submit your review will application with your $50 renewal fee.

It’s time to start your beauty career in the nationally known salons of Chicago or one of the fashion-forward suburbs in the state. Request information from schools below to learn how to get a cosmetology license in Illinois.

Find Cosmetology Programs in Illinois

Cameo Beauty Academy – Accredited
Oak Lawn, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Crystal Lake, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Elgin, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Teacher Training
Rockford, IL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Schaumburg, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Peru, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Rockford, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Sterling, IL
Continuing Education / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Stone Park, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Vernon Hills, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Oak Brook, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Hair Design / Teacher Training
West Dundee, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Oswego, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Palos Hills, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Sycamore, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Midlothian, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Niles, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Oak Forest, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Des Plaines, IL
Continuing Education / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Niles, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Downers Grove, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Bridgeview, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Teacher Training
Elgin, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Glendale Heights, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Libertyville, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Normal, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Peoria, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Rockford, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Urbana, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Springfield, IL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology / Teacher Training

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Lake In The Hills, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Cicero, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Skokie, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Elgin, IL
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Villa Park, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Arlington Heights, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
New Lenox, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Oak Forest, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Aurora, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Glen Ellyn, IL
Cosmetology / Continuing Education
Waterloo, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Dekalb, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Elgin, IL
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy / Continuing Education
Richton Park, IL
Cosmetology
Hillside, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Hair Design
Schaumburg, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Design / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Gem City College – Accredited
Quincy, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Bloomington, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Freeport, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
I.M. Beauty School – Accredited
Glenview, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Permanent Make-Up / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Glenview, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Continuing Education
MaComb, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Laser Training / Continuing Education
Carterville, IL
Cosmetology
Centralia, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Continuing Education
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Grayslake, IL
Cosmetology
Mattoon, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training
Moline, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Hillside, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
East Peoria, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Olney, IL
Cosmetology
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Lombard, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Normal, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Tinley Park, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Richton Park, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Pivot Point Academy – Accredited
Bloomingdale, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Joliet, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Decatur, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Ina, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Effingham, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Skokie, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Arlington Heights, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Permanent Make-Up / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Ullin, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Harrisburg, IL
Cosmetology
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Hair Design / Teacher Training / Salon Management
Addison, IL
Cosmetology
The Curl Society – Accredited
Elmwood Park, IL
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Teacher Training
Lemont, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Calumet City, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Palatine, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Barbering / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
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.