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 A license can be obtained by two ways:  examination or reciprocity.

 If you graduated from a cosmetology school or if you completed an apprenticeship program in Georgia, you will need to contact PSI using one of the following methods: 

  • Via the Internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com.
  • Using a touch-tone phone, call PSI 24 hours a day at (800) 733-9267.
  • With a PSI registrar at (800) 733-9267, available Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am and 8:00 pm and Saturday, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

Contact PSI about the examinations, fees, dates, locations, exam content and grade notifications.

- Once you have taken and passed both sections of the examination, you may apply for a cosmetology license.   You may apply online by going to the following link:  http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/online_licensure_applications.  

·  If you cannot apply online, download a paper application for licensure at the following link: http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=28.  Submit the application along with the non-refundable application fee.

·  Please be advised that passing the written and practical examination does not guarantee licensure.  All criminal convictions and board sanctions must be reviewed by the Board as a consideration for licensure. You must submit to the Board the following: a) a copy of conviction/sentencing document(s) from the Court before which you were convicted and sentenced, signed by the presiding judge, and showing said conviction and sentence; AND, if applicable, b) a statement (on official letterhead) from your probation / parole officer regarding your current status/completion of any probation / parole.

·  Incomplete applications will delay processing.  Please review the checklist of items on your application.


 A fee schedule may be found here.    All application fees are non-refundable.

 What happens if I fail one or both parts of the examination?

  • You may retake only the portion failed. Contact PSI for re-examination information using one of the following methods: 
  • Via the Internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com.
  • Using a touch-tone phone, call PSI 24 hours a day at (800) 733-9267.
  • With a PSI registrar at (800) 733-9267, available Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am and 8:00 pm and Saturday, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

Once approved, is there a time frame or time limit to take the examination?  

  • Any applicant applying for a certificate of registration shall pass both a board approved written and practical examination within a 24-month period after having obtained the credit hours or shall be required to repeat all of such required credit hours before retaking the examination.
  • There is no limit on the number of times the exam may be taken.

     

Is there a wait period before I can retake the examination?

  • The application for examination lists possible examination dates and application deadlines.  You may determine the week you would like to retake the exam, based on the exam deadlines.
If I checked YES to a sanction question, does this have to be cleared before I am allowed to take the examination?

  • No, you may sit for examination.  However, the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology will have to review this matter before you can be licensed.

I am not satisfied with my examination results, or I believe I was graded unfairly, what can I do? 

  • Contact PSI for re-examination information using one of the following methods: 
  • Via the Internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com.
  • Using a touch-tone phone, call PSI 24 hours a day at (800) 733-9267.
  • With a PSI registrar at (800) 733-9267, available Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am and 8:00 pm and Saturday, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.
  • The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers are currently determining the endorsement requirements due to a law change which becomes effective July 1, 2015. 

 After I receive my license, am I required to complete any further studies?

  • Yes, you must complete five (5) hours of continuing education every two (2) years in order to renew your license for master cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician or hair designer.

How do I obtain Continuing Education hours?

  • Three (3) hours of the required five (5) hours must be obtained in health and safety courses developed by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education.  The remaining two (2) hours may be completed by attending a trade/product show or by completing other courses in health and safety, industry trends, computer skills, business management or related areas of practice.  Any shows that you use for your continuing education must be registered with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology in order for you to receive continuing education credit.

A list of approved continuing education providers may be found on the Boards website under the tab titled Application/Form Download. The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology does not offer continuing education classes, only a list of approved continuing education providers.

Who qualifies for a waiver of the continuing education requirements?

  • A licensee who has held a license for 25 years or longer is eligible for a waiver of the continuing education requirement; or A licensee who can prove to the Board that he or she has a hardship may request a waiver.  The waiver request form may be downloaded here  

How can I become an approved continuing education provider?

  • See Board Rule 130-2-12 for the registration information and requirements for all course providers.
If I live out of state and want to keep my Georgia license current, how can I meet the continuing education requirement?
  • Continuing education courses taken via the Internet, by home study or some other electronic method will be acceptable for completing continuing education requirements, as long as the courses are registered with the Georgia Board of Cosmetology.  These courses will also have to follow the 3-hour curriculum developed by the Department of Technical and Adult Education.

 Will I receive notification regarding license renewal?

  • Yes, you will receive a courtesy reminder approximately six (6) weeks prior to the expiration date of your license.  However, it is your responsibility to renew your license every two (2) years on or before the expiration date.  Be sure to keep your mailing address and email address current with the Board.

License expiration dates:

  • Master Cosmetologists – March 31 of even numbered years
  • Cosmetology Salons/Shops – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Cosmetology Instructors – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Cosmetology Schools – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Estheticians – August 31 of odd numbered years
  • Esthetician Instructors – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Esthetician Schools – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Nail Technicians – August 31 of odd numbered years
  • Nail Technician Instructors – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Nail Care Schools – June 30 of odd numbered years
  • Hair Designers – September 30 of even numbered years
  • Hair Design Instructors – September 30 of odd numbered years
  • Hair Design Schools – September 30 of even numbered years
  • Master Barber – December 31 of even numbered year. 

  • Barber Instructor - June 30 of odd numbered year.

  • Barber Schools - June 30 of odd numbered year. 

How do I renew my license? 

  • Once the renewal period has been opened by the Professional Licensing Boards Division, you may renew your license via our website with a credit card.  The website is here.  Click on the License Renewal icon and follow the instructions.  You will be asked a series of questions including whether or not you have received a conviction or board sanction since the last renewal, whether or not you have completed your continuing education requirements, and whether or not you are a U.S. citizen.  Read the questions carefully so that you do not answer a question incorrectly by mistake.  Renewing your license via the website is the fastest way to renew your license.
  • If you answer “yes” to the conviction or board sanction question, your license will not be renewed until you have submitted the required paperwork and it has been reviewed by the Board.  For convictions you must submit to the Board the following: a) a copy of conviction/sentencing document(s) from the Court before which you were convicted and sentenced, signed by the presiding judge, and showing said conviction and sentence; AND, if applicable, b) a statement (on official letterhead) from your probation / parole officer regarding your current status/completion of any probation / parole.  For board sanctions you must request that the licensing board or agency send a certified copy of the action taken against your license with relevant supporting documents to the Board’s office.

Paper renewals are not automatically mailed to licensees.  A paper renewal form may be requested by the licensee either by calling the Board office at 478-207-2440, or requesting a form in writing from the Board office.

If I have mailed in my renewal with the appropriate fee, can I begin working?

  • NO!  It does not suffice to have a copy of your renewal application and proof of payment to the Board.  Your license must be current before you can work in Georgia.

What happens if I don’t renew my license? 

  • If a license is not renewed, the license is placed in lapsed-late renewal status for six months.  An individual who continues to practice with an expired license is in violation of the law and may be subject to a fine, a public disciplinary action, and/or criminal prosecution. A license that is not renewed within the six months will become lapsed and will require an application for reinstatement.
a) All requests for certification/verification of a license must be requested in writing. Such requests must include your name, license number, and the name and address of the state board in which you are requesting that the certification/verification be sent.  a)  A verification request form is available on our website at http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=28. Please submit your written request along with the $25.00 fee to the Board office at the following address:

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers

237 Coliseum Drive

Macon, Georgia 31217

b)  Certifications/Verifications are mailed to the respective state(s) within 10 business days of the request.

c)  To request verification of school or apprentice training hours, download the Request for Verification of Training Hours form at http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=28.  Complete the form and submit it along with the $25.00 fee.  Please note that our retention schedule for school hours is five years and our retention schedule for inactive apprentice records is ten years.

 Do I need to hold a Master Cosmetologist’s license in order to own a salon? 

  1. No.

How do I apply for a salon license? 

  • Submit an application for cosmetology shop/salon license along with the application fee.  Application forms may be found http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=28  Please note:  Incomplete applications will delay processing.  Please be sure to review the required checklist of items.

If I have mailed in my application with the appropriate fee, can I open my salon/shop or begin working? 

  • NO!  It does not suffice to have a copy of your application and proof of payment to the Board.  You must be issued a license before you can begin work or open a salon/shop.
  • Anyone performing services must have an active license.  Verification of a license may be found here.  It is the responsibility of the salon/shop owner to ensure that each person performing services has a license to provide those services.
  • Salon/shop licenses and individual licenses must be posted in the salon/shop.

Does Georgia license mobile salons/shops? 

  • No.

Can I open a salon/shop in my home? 

  • Yes, you may open a salon/shop in your home; however, you must meet the requirements of all state laws and board rules, including Board Rule 130-4-.02.
  • A pre-license inspection is required for home salons.

Is a shop or salon license the same as a business license?

  • No.  You must obtain a business license in the county or city in which you are opening your establishment.
  • Changes in name, location, address, or ownership of a salon/shop requires a new application for licensure.

Does Georgia have an apprentice license?

  • Yes.  There are four types of apprentice licenses:
  • Cosmetology apprentice
  • Esthetician apprentice
  • Nail Technician apprentice
  • Hair Design apprentice
  • Master Barber apprentice
How do I apply for an apprentice license?

  • To apply for an apprentice license, download the Cosmetology Apprentice Application http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/10.   Choose the appropriate apprentice license on the application, complete the application and submit it along with the application fee.
  • Please note:  Incomplete applications will delay processing.  Please be sure to review the required checklist of items.
How long must I apprentice before I can take the exam?

  • Cosmetology Apprentice – minimum of 18 months and 3000 hours.
  • Esthetician Apprentice – minimum of 18 months and 2000 hours.
  • Nail Technician Apprentice – minimum of 8 months and 1050 hours.
  • Hair Design Apprentice – minimum of 14 months and 2650 hours.
  • Master Barber Apprentice - minimum of 18 months and 3000 hours.
How do I record my apprentice training hours and where do I send my reports?

  • Download the appropriate training form here , record your hours daily, and maintain the record at the salon/shop where you are working for inspectors to view upon request.  Be sure to keep a copy of your training record for your own records.
  • When you have completed your apprenticeship, mail the completed training form to:

    Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, Georgia 31217

I have an apprentice license and I want to change Masters or the salon/shop.  What do I need to do?

  • Download a new apprentice application and complete and follow the instructions for change of master or salon.  Submit the completed application along with the application fee.  The form may be found here. 
  • Any time you change Master or salon/shop or complete your program, submit your hours to the Board office.
  • Please note:  Incomplete applications will delay processing.  Please be sure to review the required checklist of items.

How many times can I renew my apprentice license? 

  • Apprentice licenses issued prior to July 1, 2015 are allowed one renewal.
  • Apprentice licenses issued after July 1, 2015 are issued a license for four (4) years with no renewals allowed. 

I have completed my apprentice hours, what do I need to do now?

  • Send all original transcripts of hours to the Board office along with a letter requesting a “Letter of Eligibility” to sit for the exams.  There is no charge for first request for the Letter of Eligibility; however, if you have to request second time, there is a $25.00 fee.
  • Once you receive your Letter of Eligibility, you must contact PSI to obtain an exam application.  You may contact PSI:
    • Via the Internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com.
    • Using a touch-tone phone, call PSI 24 hours a day at (800) 733-9267.
    • With a PSI registrar at (800) 733-9267, available Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am and 8:00 pm and Saturday, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.
  •  After you pass both parts of the examination, you may apply online by going here. If you cannot apply online, download a paper application for licensure found here.   Submit the application along with the application fee.
  • Please note:  Incomplete applications will delay processing.  Please be sure to review the required checklist of items.
How long must I have a license before I can apprentice (co-sign) someone else?

  • Master Cosmetologist, Hair Designer, Esthetician, and Nail Technicians must hold a license for at least 36 months before you can apprentice someone else.
  • Master Barbers must hold a license for at least 18 months before accepting an apprentice. 
How many apprentices can be in one salon/shop?

  • You may have one apprentice for each master cosmetologist in the salon/shop.

Can I train more than one apprentice at a time?

  • No.  A master may apprentice only one person at a time.

·  Master Cosmetologist/Cosmetology Instructor

·  Hair Designer/Hair Designer Instructor

·  Esthetician/Esthetician Instructor

·  Nail Technician/Nail Instructor

·  Master Barber/Barber Instructor

·  Master Barber II

Please refer to O.C.G.A. § 43-10-1 for definitions.


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