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Cosmetology License Requirements in North Carolina

North Carolina is an ideal training locale if you're a future skin care professional or cosmetology specialist. The career options in this state are diverse, and license requirements vary widely with aesthetic profession. Programs in North Carolina beauty schools, North Carolina barber schools, or North Carolina skin care schools should provide the following number of training hours, and students are expected to meet additional license requirements.

  • Cosmetologist. 1,500 hours in an approved cosmetologist course; pass the State Board examination.
  • Manicurist. 300 hours in an approved manicurist course; pass of the State Board examination.
  • Esthetician. 600 hours in an approved esthetician course; pass the State Board examination.
  • Barber. 1,528 hours of barber school; 12?month apprenticeship supervised by a licensed barber; pass the State Board examination.


Because professional licensing is so critical, you might as well develop your career prospects while you're developing your skills. North Carolina cosmetology schools cultivate a rich network of connections with the state's business sector. Earn your license here and benefit from potential internship placements with any of thousands of established salons, spas and shops. Also, keep in mind that it's not uncommon for a cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, or barber internship to transition into a full-time career.


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