Washington Cosmetology Licensing

Basic Requirements

You must be at least 17 years old

Hours of training needed from a certified school:

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


Written Exam: $50.00
Practical Exam: $110.00
After a candidate has successfully completed their exams they log back onto their account and fill out a DOL license application and pay:

Department of Licensing Fee: $25.00
Processing fee: $5.00

For answers to all your questions contact:

Department of Licensing
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: 360-664-6626
Fax: 360-664-2550
Email: plssunit@dol.wa.gov

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