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Cosmetology License Requirements in South Dakota

South Dakota beauty schools, South Dakota cosmetology schools, South Dakota barber schools, and South Dakota skin care schools offer accredited opportunities for license acquisition. According to the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission and the South Dakota Legislature, these are the requirements for graduates applying for a license in the state.

  • Cosmetologist. Be at least 18 years old, complete 2,100 hours of cosmetology education, graduate from high school or get a GED, and pass three examinations.
  • Manicurist. Be at least 18 years old, complete 400 hours of nail technology education, and pass three examinations.
  • Esthetician. Beat least 18 years old, complete 600 hours of esthetics education, and pass three examinations.
  • Barber. Be at least 18 years old, complete a tenth grade education or its equivalent, practice as a registered apprentice for one year under personal supervision, and pass the Board of Barber Examiners exam.


Earning a professional license better qualifies you to become a cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, electrologist, barber, or skin care professional--it's the launch point to higher pay and professional recognition. South Dakota cosmetology schools can help you establish yourself in the business.


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