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South Carolina Board of Cosmetology

Licensure Requirements

Cosmetologist Section 40-13-230 (A)

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  • Successfully complete 1,500 hours in a cosmetology school approved by the Board or be licensed as a registered master hair care specialist for a period of five years
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Nail Technician

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  • Successfully complete 300 hours of class work in a nail technician school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Esthetician

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency
  • Successfully complete 450 hours in classes in skin care at a school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Instructor
General

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician and have practiced for at least two years after receiving the respective license or, after receiving a cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician license, has completed a seven hundred fifty (750) hour instructor training program meeting the standards of Regulation 35-4(B)
  • Successfully complete a 45-hour method of teaching program approved by the Board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Or
For specialized theory hours

  • Minimum of 5 years experience or Bachelor's degree in related area

Salons

  • Submit an application at least 10 working days prior to opening
  • Pay the prescribed fee
  • Have a satisfactory salon inspection
  • Designate a manager who will be responsible for compliance with this chapter and responsible for all personnel physically located in the salon.

Schools

Booth Renters

  • "Beauty salon" or "salon" means a building or any place, or part of a place or building including, but not limited to, a rental booth, in which cosmetology is performed on the general public for compensation.
  • Must be a South Carolina licensed cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician
  • Complete an application
  • Top portion is completed by the licensee
  • Bottom portion is completed by salon owner/manager
  • Pay the prescribed fee

How Do I Get An Application?

You can call the Board office at 803-896-4588 and request the appropriate application form, or you may download the appropriate application

When are Examinations Given?

Cosmetology, Nail Technician, Esthetician and Instructor theory/written and practical examinations are administered by Professional Credential Services (PCS). PCS may be contacted by phone at 888-822-3272 or visit their web site at:  https://pcshq.com/. Click on the following links for additional information. 

Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4300 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.,m.

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