What licenses are required by the state board to practice cosmetology in Georgia?

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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In Georgia, obtaining a Georgia cosmetology license is a simple process. Because each state has its own set of standards, it is critical that you are thoroughly informed about them before you apply.

Requirements for cosmetology licensure in Georgia

The industry of beauty and cosmetology offers many options for educated professionals, but in order to get started, you must meet the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers' criteria. This entails first selecting an approved beauty program that meets the State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers' basic training criteria.

Your education should prepare you for the next step, which is to take the State Board's licensure exam. You will receive your Georgia cosmetology license in the mail if you pass this exam. Only the English language is used to administer the Georgia cosmetology board tests. PSI is in charge of Georgia testing.

Applicants for barber licenses who have been convicted of a felony must appear before the board in order to enroll in school or obtain a license. On a case-by-case basis, each candidate will be considered. Georgia is one of the few states that allows you to satisfy your training requirements by working as an apprentice. Apprenticeship and training hours are shown below.

Keep in mind that, while Georgia only requires 5 hours of continuing education per two-year renewal period, you may want to consider taking additional Georgia cosmetology continuing education hours annually to stay current on the latest trends.

Contact the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers for more information if you have particular questions about licensure, license renewal, continuing education, or other areas of cosmetology licensing.

Requirements for Georgia Board of Cosmetology Licenses


1325 HOURS / 2650 HOURS HAIR DESIGNER LICENSE Apprenticeship

1000 HOURS / 2000 HOURS ESTHETICIAN LICENSE Apprenticeship


1500 HOURS / 3000 HOURS BARBER LICENSE Apprenticeship

1500 Hours / 3000 Hours MASTER BARBER LICENSE Apprenticeship

LICENSE FOR COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTORS: License + 750 hours of training + written/practical exam


Renewal of a Georgia cosmetology license

The procedures for renewing a license in Georgia vary depending on the type of license. Master cosmetologists must renew every even-numbered year by March 31. Instructors in cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, and barbering must renew their licenses by June 30 of odd-numbered years. Estheticians and nail technicians must renew every odd-numbered year by August 31. You must complete 5 hours of continuing education every two years to renew your license.

Reciprocity (Transfer) of cosmetology licenses in Georgia

You must have a valid license in another state if you want to get your Georgia license through endorsement. The Board of Cosmetology and Barbers considers each application individually. If your home state's training requirements are similar to or exceed Georgia's, you may be eligible for endorsement. Applicants from Alabama, California, Washington, D.C., Washington, New York, and Hawaii are not eligible for endorsement.

 GA State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

 Georgia State Board of Cosmetology

214 State Capitol

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone Number: 404-656-2881

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers can assist you in replacing a lost

cosmetology license, updating change of name or address information, obtaining

out-of-state and other useful forms, and answering any other questions you may have about obtaining a Georgia state cosmetology license.