Licensure By Examination
1. Obtain a Wisconsin cosmetologist license.
2. 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.
3. Take and pass the examination. 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/.
4. 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.
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.
To renew a Cosmetology Manager license:
Click here to see the cosmetology manager renewal information page.