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Cosmetology License Requirements in Illinois

To protect public health, safety and welfare, all States require cosmetologists and certain other personal appearance workers to be licensed. Illinois beauty schools and cosmetology schools offer programs to help you to gain the license you need. The licensure requirements in Illinois are:

  • Cosmetologist: 1500 classroom hours
  • Esthetician: 750 classroom hours
  • Nail technician: 350 classroom hours


After completing your classroom training, you traditionally need to pass a written exam at the end of your program as well. In addition, all applicants much be at least 16 years of age and possess at least an 8th grade education. Applicants who do not have a high school diploma traditionally must pass an ""Ability to Benefit"" test prior to enrolling in school.

Illinois Cosmetology and Beauty Schools Lead to Career Opportunities

Illinois beauty and cosmetology schools not only help you to gain your license, they can also prepares you to make the most of the opportunities in an in-demand career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates personal personal appearance workers should continue to enjoy solid employment opportunities between 2006 and 2016. In turn, career prospects should be strong for licensed cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians in Illinois.


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