Cosmetology news

New Laws and Rules

During the 2015 legislative session, a new law passed that:

  • Created a hair design license.
  • Added the option for schools to offer online theory training.
  • Added the option for schools to accept experience as a licensed cosmetologist, barber, hair designer, manicurist, esthetician, or master esthetician towards credit of instructor training.
  • Gave the Department authority to write rules in WAC 308-20 to support this new law.

The new law, SHB 1063, was brought forward by the industry. We held workshops to gather public input to write rules supporting the new law. The new rules will go into affect around February 1, 2016.

Hair Design License

Once the rules go into effect, there will be 2 ways to get the new hair design license, depending on your situation. If you:

Online Theory Training and Experience towards an Instructor Training Program

Check with your school to see if they offer the new options.

Testing Vendor Update — December 9, 2015

We’ve discontinued our contract with PSI. We have extended our contract with Ergonomics, the current exam vendor.

We’d contracted with PSI for the administration of the National Interstate Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) written and practical examinations. The contract start date was scheduled for November 4, 2015. However, due to delays around programming and other contract requirements, the implementation date was delayed.

Our goal is to ensure test administration for the cosmetology, hair design, manicure, barber, esthetics, master esthetic, and instructor examinations are fair and consistent and administered in a professional environment.

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