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Missouri Cosmetology License

We asked 16 job seekers about their Missouri Cosmetology License. This is what they told us:

  • 50% of job seekers said "help my career progression" was the biggest reason for earning their Missouri Cosmetology License
  • 75% said earning their Missouri Cosmetology License helped them make more money
  • 94% said earning their Missouri Cosmetology License helped them get a job
  • 94% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their Missouri Cosmetology License

Missouri Cosmetology License Requirements & Costs

Missouri residents must be at least 17 years of age and have at least a 10th grade education to become licensed cosmetologists1. They must also pass written and practical exams and complete the following training requirements:

  • Barber – 1,000 hours in a state-approved school of barber program or 2,000 hours in apprenticeship
  • Hairdressing and Manicuring – 1,500 in a board-approved school of cosmetology or 3,000 hours of apprenticeship
  • Esthetics – 750 hours in a state-approved school of esthetics or 1,500 hours of apprenticeship
  • Hairdresser – 1,500 hours in a state-approved school of cosmetology or 3,000 hours of apprenticeship
  • Manicure – 400 hours in a state-approved school of manicuring or 800 hours of state-approved apprenticeship

There is an $84 fee for written exams and a $54 fee for practical exams. Licenses have a $25 apprentice fee, a $20 initial fee and a $30 renewal fee. Licenses can’t be renewed if they have been expired for more than 2 years. Licenses are issued by the Missouri Division of Professional Registration1.

Blurb information last updated December 2019. General cosmetology requirements and steps to obtain license may be found here.

References

1. “Missouri Cosmetology License”. Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Retrieved November 2019.

What are people saying about getting a Missouri Cosmetology License?

Did this certification help you make more money?

Based on 16 responses

75% said earning their Missouri Cosmetology License helped them make more money

Did this certification help you get a job?

Based on 16 responses

94% said earning their Missouri Cosmetology License helped them get a job

Would you recommend this certification?

Based on 16 responses

94% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their Missouri Cosmetology License

Why did you decide to earn your Missouri Cosmetology License?

Based on 16 responses

Required for my current job

25%

Make more money

6%

Changing careers

25%

Get an edge over other candidates

6%

Help my career progression

50%

Other

31%

What was your job title after earning this certification?

Based on 12 responses

Cosmetologist View jobs

50%

Hair Stylist View jobs

25%

Stylist View jobs

8%

Salon Manager View jobs

8%

Nail Technician View jobs

8%

What do people wish they knew before earning their Missouri Cosmetology License?

13 people answered

“Long hours, torture on body with little pay and no insurance offered.”

Oct. 24, 2019

“Being certified doesn't guarantee that you're good at this, just that you showed potential enough to get good at it maybe and not injure someone within reason along the way.”

Oct. 18, 2019

“I would have wanted to take a few courses on in class instruction before getting this certificate instead of after.”

Sept. 11, 2019

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being in this line of work for over 20 years. However, you are not growing if you are not changing. So, it is always best to better your best!”

Sept. 4, 2019

“How physically demanding the job can be.”

Aug. 30, 2019

What advice would you give to someone interested in earning their Missouri Cosmetology License?

14 people answered

“Do your research beforehand and have a good plan on where you would have to work to get big clientele and make money.”

Oct. 24, 2019

“Pay attention to the things you think you already know, because understanding why it works that way will also teach you other things as you learn the relation to everything else.”

Oct. 18, 2019

“Go through a cosmetology instructor program.”

Sept. 11, 2019

“To receive this licensing, a year of school and training is required. For the state is MO, it takes 1500 hours of training to be eligible to graduate and take your state exams.”

Sept. 4, 2019

“Must have a strong work ethic and passionate about customer service!”

Aug. 30, 2019

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