The cosmetology, barber, manicurist, and esthetician rules in WAC 208-20 have been changed to implement House Bill 1779 and update safety and sanitation procedures. These changes:
As of August 1, 2013, we no longer provide license certification letters to states to confirm the license status, education hour completion, or examination results of licensees. States may Search Business and Professional Licenses online to get Washington license status information.
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We’re revising WAC 308-20 in response to new legislation passed this year by the legislature. As we develop these new rules, we’ll hold meetings to gather input from interested parties. To learn more about these meeting and how you can participate in the development of the proposed rules:
House Bill 1683, passed during the 2013 legislative session, sets requirements for cosmetology schools to qualify as institutions of postsecondary education so students are eligible to receive federal financial aid. To learn more about these requirements and what they mean for you, see our Postsecondary Education License Letter.
Ergometrics will soon be administering the National-Interstate Council of State Boards (NIC) written and practical examinations to all Washington State candidates. To provide information about this transition to school owners and instructors, new exam preparation guides will be posted online and we’ll partner with Ergometrics and NIC to host school overview sessions:
If you have questions, please contact Ben Rogers, Cosmetology Program Manager at 360.664.6640.
If you charge a fee to apply permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, lip color, or any repigmentation that implants pigment under the skin, you must have a permanent cosmetics artist license. This license is required in addition to your cosmetologist, barber, esthetician, or manicurist license. If you have questions, please contact us at 360.664.6660 or email@example.com.
See the Department of Licensing’s position on fish pedicures to learn how Washington State sanitation and disinfection rules relate to fish pedicures.