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Cosmetology License Requirements in New York

In New York, the title cosmetologist also includes a wide range of aesthetic professions: manicurist, esthetician, electrologist, barber, and skin care professional. So while the career paths may be different, almost all of these positions require similar licensure steps. The requirements for licensure and registration applications include graduation from New York beauty schools, New York cosmetology schools, New York barber schools, and New York skin care schools, and are listed below.


  • Cosmetologist. Complete a 1,000-hour, state-approved course; pass state written and practical exams.
  • Manicurist. Complete a 1,000-hour, state-approved course; pass state written and practical exams.
  • Esthetician. Complete a 1,000-hour, state-approved course; pass state written and practical exams.
  • Electrologist. Complete a 1,000-hour, state-approved course; pass state written and practical exams.
  • Barber. Be at least 17 years old; work under the supervision and direction of a licensed barber.


New York cosmetology schools have a unique edge in the market--the hiring demand is intense. That said, earning your license in this global metropolis could mean an easier transition from classroom to career. If you plan to specialize in skin care, the smattering of high-end spas across New York opens up your job prospects considerably.


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