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Wisconsin Cosmetology License

We asked 3 job seekers about their Wisconsin Cosmetology License. This is what they told us:

  • 100% of job seekers said "help my career progression" was the biggest reason for earning their Wisconsin Cosmetology License

Wisconsin Cosmetology License Requirements & Costs

For cosmetology licensing, the state of Wisconsin requires that residents are at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or its equivalent.1 The state also has the following training requirements for cosmetology licenses:

  • Aesthetics – 450 hours of training in between 11 and 40 weeks at a licensed school of cosmetology or aesthetics
  • Barber – 1,000 hours of training in a school of barbering or cosmetology accredited by the state or in an apprenticeship program
  • Cosmetology – 1,550 hours of training in at least 10 months at a state-licensed school of cosmetology
  • Electrologist – 450 hours of training in between 11 and 30 weeks at a licensed school of cosmetology or apprenticeship under a licensed electrologist who is licensed as a cosmetology manager or under a certified electrologist instructor
  • Manicurist – 300 hours of training in between 7 and 20 weeks at a licensed school of cosmetology or apprenticeship under a licensed manicurist

Aesthetician, cosmetologist, electrologist and manicurist licenses cost $11 and must be renewed every two years. Barber licenses cost $63 and must be renewed every 2 years. If a license has been expired for 5 years of longer, the license holder must pass the theoretical and practical exams to prove competency and obtain a new license. Licenses are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.1

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

References

1. “Wisconsin Cosmetology License”. Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. Retrieved November 2019.

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Why did you decide to earn your Wisconsin Cosmetology License?

Based on 3 responses

Required for my current job

67%

Make more money

67%

Changing careers

0%

Get an edge over other candidates

33%

Help my career progression

100%

Other

0%

What was your job title after earning this certification?

Based on 3 responses

Cosmetologist View jobs

33%

Hair Stylist View jobs

33%

Makeup Artist View jobs

33%

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

3 people answered

“That beauty school (in my area anyway) does not teach you NEARLY enough to prepare you for working in the beauty industry. If you want to be good, it is up to YOU to go after your education. Beauty school just prepares you to pass the state board exam. Find all the continuing education classes you can, and find a salon with some kind of apprenticeship, assistant, or training program.”

July 1, 2019

“That education isn't really completed until after cosmetology school.”

June 25, 2019

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

3 people answered

“The sky is the limit in the beauty industry. You can make as little or as much as you want to.”

July 1, 2019

“Get your license and then find a salon or store with a training program. That's where you're going to learn what you need. Also, learning is a lifelong commitment.”

June 25, 2019

“This is the best profession I know of. The earning potential is unlimited. There is no such thing as a glass ceiling; the sky is the limit.”

May 23, 2019

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