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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
Crystal Lake, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Elgin, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Rockford, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Schaumburg, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Peru, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology / Continuing Education
Rockford, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Sterling, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Oakbrook, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Continuing Education / Barbering
West Dundee, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Sycamore, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Niles, IL
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Oak Forest, IL
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Niles, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training
Plainfield, IL
Cosmetology
Downers Grove, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Bridgeview, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Chicago, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Elgin, IL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Glendale Heights, IL
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Libertyville, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Normal, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Peoria, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care
Rockford, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Urbana, IL
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Springfield, IL
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Continuing Education / Massage Therapy / Barbering

Find Cosmetology Schools Near You

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