How to get your cosmetologist license: Graduate of a school or apprenticeship program
To get a license as a cosmetologist, barber, manicurist or esthetician, you must:
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Graduate from a school approved and licensed by the Department of Licensing with the minimum required state hours.
Successfully complete a state approved apprenticeship training program.
- Pass the state-approved written and performance examinations.
Minimum required school hours
- Cosmetologist—1600 hours
- Barber—1000 hours
- Manicurist—600 hours
- Esthetician—600 hours
Minimum required apprenticeship program hours
- Cosmetologist—2000 hours
- Barber—1200 hours
- Manicurist—800 hours
- Esthetician—800 hours
How to get your license
After you pass the exams, apply and pay the fee online at www.cosmetologywashington.com.
Where can I find information about the examinations?
Please see Frequently asked questions.
Post your license
Your license must be posted at your work station.