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Cosmetology Apprenticeships

Apprentice programs are approved courses of study based on a contract between a student and a licensee in a licensed shop.

Apprentice program time requirements are expressed in months rather than hours as outlined below:

Program Duration
Minimum Practice Time
Exams
Hours Needed Prior to Working on the Public
Cosmetology
24 mos
1,920
4
350
Manicuring
6 mos
480
2
120
Electrology
6 mos
480
2
120
Esthetics
6 mos
480
2
120
Natural Hair Culturist
6 mos
480
2
120

Apprentice programs are approved by the department providing the licensee has been a licensed practitioner of the occupation for at least 3 years, and that the shop is an actively licensed cosmetology establishment.

Apprentice programs must following these guidelines:

  • train not more than 7 hours a day or not more than 40 hours per week while receiving an average of not less than 80 hours per month in the prescribed curriculum
  • send monthly time sheet to the department before the tenth day of the following month
  • allow the cosmetology apprentice to perform services for clients of the shop only after completing 350 hours in the cosmetology curriculum and the apprentices training in other curriculum must complete 1/4 of the required training hours. Apprentices shall receive no pay for services rendered, and those services must be under the direct supervision of his or her practitioner
  • report examination results to the state board at the end of the course of study
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