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Cosmetology Manager – License Information

Licensure By Examination

To obtain a Wisconsin cosmetology manager license:

First, obtain a Wisconsin cosmetologist license.

Then, complete the training and/or experience.

Option A: 4,000 hours of practice as a licensed cosmetologist under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology manager.


Option B: 150 training hours of theoretical instruction in a school of cosmetology licensed by the Department and 2,000 hours of practice as a licensed cosmetologist.

Take and pass the exam.* Contact the Department's contracted vendor, Pearson VUE, by calling 1‑800‑274‑7488, or by visiting their web site at http://www.pearsonvue.com/wi/cos/

​*2013 Wisconsin Act 114 was signed into law on December 20, 2013 and went into effect the following day, changing the state statutes that govern most licenses regulated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).  These changes remove the requirement that applicants complete education or training programs prior to taking state board examinations.  Education and training programs remain a requirement of licensure, and can be completed before or after taking an examination. 

After passing the examination, a license will be issued by the Department. 

Licensure By Endorsement

If you are currently licensed in another state and have completed at least 4,000 hours of licensed practice, you may apply for licensure by endorsement.

If you do not have the above endorsement requirements met, you willthen need to qualify for licensure by examination.  Please refer to Form #3068, Obtaining a Wisconsin License, for further details.

Reinstatement of Licensure

A person whose license has been expired for more than 5 years is required to pass the current licensing examination (written and practical) to demonstrate minimum competency in services and subjects substantially related to practice and public health and safety.

To request an approval letter to take the examination, please call or send an email to the Department with the following information: your name (prior names if your name has changed), your license number and your current address.

You will be required to submit the reinstatement fee to the Department of Safety & Professional Services after passing the examination.

A copy of the Wisconsin Statues and Administrative Code Relating to the Practice of Barbering and Cosmetology is available on the web at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/ or at most public libraries. If you wish, you may purchase a hard print copy from Document Sales, Department of Administration by calling 1-800-362-7253 or 608-264-9419 or by email at docsales@doa.state.wi.us.


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