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A cosmetology instructor is a person who provides practical instruction in cosmetology in a school licensed by the Department. Persons who provide only instruction in theory are not included in this description.

A cosmetology instructor must hold a current cosmetology instructor certificate.


Applicants must complete 2000 hours of practice as a licensed barber or cosmetologist or holds a current manager license and completes 150 hours of instructor training approved by the Department.


Application fees equal $204, which includes initial credential and exam; $82-Renewal fee, $107 with late fee; due by March 31st of odd-numbered years.

revised 04/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Barbering & Cosmetology Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)621-7083 fax


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