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Cosmetology License Requirements in Wisconsin

If you live in Wisconsin and are interested in a career in cosmetology, you can choose from a variety of specialties. The state offers licenses to work as a practitioner (general cosmetologist/barber), aesthetician, electrologist, or manicurist. Each license allows you to focus on a particular area in the field of beauty, such as hair styling, skin care, hair removal, or nails.

Obtaining licensure in Wisconsin requires you to pass an examination, and before you can take this test, you must have spent a certain number of hours in the cosmetology classroom. One of Wisconsin's comprehensive cosmetology schools can offer you the training and classroom hours you need. The number of mandatory coursework hours depends on your desired specialization:

  • Cosmetologist/Barber: 1800 hours of class
  • Aesthetician: 450 hours of class
  • Electrologist: 450 hours of class
  • Manicurist: 300 hours of class


The Beauty School Advantage

While it is possible to take the licensure examination in Wisconsin without attending cosmetology school, the alternative is a 4,000-hour apprenticeship. Beauty school graduation can get you into your new career more quickly and enjoyably. Wisconsin's cosmetology programs deliver both theoretical and hands-on experience in your area of interest.

If you are passionate about style and you enjoy helping people look and feel their best, explore the training options available at one of Wisconsin's many beauty or cosmetology schools.


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