West Virginia Cosmetology License

The process for getting a license in cosmetology, nail technology, hairdressing, esthetics, or barbering from the state of West Virginia, all students must fulfill the requirements listed below by the West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology. When obtaining a West Virginia cosmetology license, there is no wrong path to take, as long as you have completed your coursework at a West Virginia cosmetology school.

As stated by the West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology, to obtain a West Virginia cosmetology license, one must have attended a West Virginia cosmetology school or when moving into the state, the West Virginia Board of Cosmetology, requires you to satisfy their guidelines.

After completing your training, West Virginia cosmetology license guidelines require you to pass a licensing exam issue by the West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology. Upon passing you will earn your West Virginia cosmetology license. You are now permitted to work in the state of West Virginia.

Remember, just because you earned your West Virginia cosmetology license, you should still seek additional education to get full value from your West Virginia cosmetology license. Please contact the West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology for additional info.

WV Cosmetology License Requirements
Cosmetology: 2,000 hours
Esthetics: 600 hours
Nail Technology: 400 hours

Reciprocity
Reciprocity will be granted if training equals or exceeds the requirements for a West Virginia license. The West Virginia Board will accept actual licensed work experience in lieu of part of the required training. Work experience is awarded at 25 hours per month of salon work, or 300 hours per year. Total work experience that may be accepted cannot exceed 50% of the required hours, and must have been acquired within the past 5 years.

WV State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information
West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
1201 Dunbar Avenue
Dunbar, WV 25064
304-558-3450 (phone)
304-558-3450 (fax)

The West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a West Virginia cosmetology license.

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