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Education Requirements for Cosmetologists in Pennsylvania

Finding the perfect career for your interests and skills is a significant part of being happy in life, so why wouldn’t you want to train in a career field that you are passionate about? If your YouTube history is full of makeup and hair tutorials, you have more shades of red lipstick than a pageant mom, and people in your circle go to you for beauty advice, your calling may be in the field of cosmetology.

The field of cosmetology is very tightly regulated, but it is done on a state-by-state basis. That means that you can earn your PA cosmetology license through the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. Before you can submit your license application and sit for the board exams, you must provide proof that you have fulfilled their training requirements.

The topics and hour requirements are listed below:

Professional practices: bacteriology, sanitation, professional attitude, and Pennsylvania cosmetology law (50 hours)
Related sciences: histology, trichology, chemistry, physiology, dermatology, and electricity (200 hours)
Cosmetology skills: shampooing, hair shaping, hairstyling, chemical texturizing, permanent waving, hair coloring, hair straightening, skin care, nail technology, temporary hair removal, scalp treatments, hair textures, and makeup (1000 hours)

Cosmetology skills make up the biggest part of your training, so you should get ready to spend most of your training hours working with your hands, getting feedback, and perfecting different beauty procedures.

If you are ready to get started on your training, contact beauty schools in Pennsylvania to find out how you can apply.

Pennsylvania Cosmetology License Requirements

You may want to learn about how to get a cosmetology license in PA even before you start your education. Knowing exactly what the licensing process includes can help you plan and learn everything you need to know during your training.

These are the Pennsylvania cosmetology license requirements:

• Fees to be paid by credit card, check, money order, or business check
• $10 licensing fee and $70 apprentice fee
• 1250 school hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours required for testing
• Tests available only in English

With your license in hand, you can begin working at spas and salons all over Pennsylvania. You may be hired on at a salon before you have your license, but you cannot legally begin working with customers until you have a valid license. Having a valid license proves to the beauty community, employers, and customers that you have successfully mastered specific skills and reached certain standards in your training.

Requirements for Renewing Your Cosmetology License in Pennsylvania

A PA state cosmetology license allows you to work as a cosmetologist for up to two years. Once your initial licensing period is over, you have to renew your license to continue working. License renewal occurs every two years in Pennsylvania and you should receive a renewal notification from the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology.

The renewal fee is $67, but you may be expected to pay a late fee if your application is not postmarked by the due date. You do not have to complete any continuing education hours to renew your license.

A Pennsylvania state cosmetology license gives you the freedom to create an exciting, diverse beauty career. Contact beauty schools in Pennsylvania to get started today.

Find Cosmetology Programs in Pennsylvania

King Of Prussia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Monessen, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Hanover, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Harrisburg, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Lancaster, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Lebanon, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Monroeville, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Moosic, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Pottsville, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Reading, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Shamokin Dam, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Springfield, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
West Mifflin, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Whitehall, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Wyncote, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
York, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Lancaster, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Lansdale, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology
Uniontown, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training
Sharon, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Hair Design / Teacher Training
Hermitage, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Hair Design / Teacher Training
Ambler, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Stroudsburg, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Whitehall, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Teacher Training
Monessen, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Altoona, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Collegeville, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Erie, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Make-Up Artist Training / Teacher Training
Venus Beauty Academy – Accredited
Aston, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training

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Altoona, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Electrology / Teacher Training / Continuing Education
Reading, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Harrisburg, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Upper Darby, PA
Cosmetology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Monroeville, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Permanent Make-Up / Teacher Training
Leesport, PA
Cosmetology
Harrisburg, PA
Cosmetology
Feasterville, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Design / Nail Technology
Butler, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Butler, PA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Pleasant Gap, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Newtown Square, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Harrisburg, PA
Cosmetology
Mechanicsburg, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Norristown, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology
Latrobe, PA
Cosmetology
Scranton, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Bellevue, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Teacher Training
Hazle Township, PA
Cosmetology
Indiana, PA
Cosmetology / Barbering / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care
Bensalem, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Teacher Training
Kittanning, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology
New Castle, PA
Cosmetology
Lebanon, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Bethlehem, PA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Philadelphia, PA
Barbering / Cosmetology
Upper Darby, PA
Cosmetology
Allentown, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
New Castle, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Erie, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Norristown, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Hair Braiding / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Carlisle, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Hair Braiding / Teacher Training
Somerset, PA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Springville, PA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Scranton, PA
Cosmetology / Continuing Education
Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Teacher Training
Middletown, PA
Cosmetology
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.