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        Administrator:Theresa Brown
        Advice Counsel:   Mary League   **
        Directions:110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC

**The Office of Advice Counsel is responsible for
providing legal advice to all Boards, Commissions
and Panels. These attorneys do not provide legal
advice to parties outside LLR.

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology

Licensure Requirements

Examinations

Cosmetologist Section 40-13-230 (A)

  1. Be at least 16 years old
  2. Possess at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  3. Successfully complete 1,500 hours in a cosmetology school approved by the Board or be licensed as a master hair care specialist for a period of five years
  4. Pass the NIC written and practical exam
  5. Submit an application
  6. Pay the prescribed fee

Nail Technician

  1. Be at least 16 years old
  2. Possess at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  3. Successfully complete 300 hours of class work in a nail technician school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  4. Pass the NIC written and practical exam
  5. Submit an application
  6. Pay the prescribed fee

Esthetician

  1. Be at least 16 years old
  2. Possess at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  3. Successfully complete 450 hours in classes in skin care at a school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  4. Pass the NIC written and practical exam
  5. Submit an application
  6. Pay the prescribed fee

Instructor
General

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED
  2. Possess a license as a cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician and have practiced for at least two years after receiving the respective license or, after receiving a cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician license, has completed a seven hundred fifty (750) hour instructor training program meeting the standards of Regulation 35-4(B)
  3. Successfully complete a 45-hour method of teaching program approved by the Board
  4. Submit an application
  5. Pay the prescribed fee
  6. Pass the NIC written and practical exam

Or
For specialized theory hours

  1. Minimum of 5 years of experience or Bachelor's degree in related profession, occupation or cognitive area may instruct theory classes with prior approval by the Board. You must supply an official college transcript.

When are Examinations Given?

Cosmetology, Nail Technician, Esthetician and Instructor theory/written and practical examinations are administered by Professional Credential Services (PCS). PCS may be contacted by phone at 888-822-3272 or visit their web site at: https://pcshq.com/?page=cosmetologyandbarber,SouthCarolina.

Salons

  1. Designate a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, or nail technician as the manager of the salon who will be responsible for compliance with Cosmetology statutes and regulations and responsible for all personnel physically located in the salon.
  2. Submit a completed application along with the prescribed non-refundable fee, and include the self-inspection sheet at least 10 business days prior to the opening date of the salon. Where applicable, submit documented proof of the federal tax identification number (or EIN).
  3. Have a satisfactory salon inspection.

** Please note- It may take up to five (5) business days before an inspector makes contact with you to set a date for an inspection. **

"Beauty salon" or "salon" means a building or any place, or part of a place or building including, but not limited to, a rental booth, in which cosmetology is performed on the general public for compensation.

Booth Renters

  1. Must be a South Carolina licensed cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician.
  2. Submit a completed application along with the prescribed non-refundable fee, and the notarized affidavit of eligibility.
  3. Have the licensed salon manager sign and date the application.

Schools

  1. Complete and submit an application at least 60 days prior to opening (a board appearance is required).
  2. Submit proof of federal identification number (EIN).
  3. Submit all ancillary documents which includes but is not limited to the original $10,000 surety bond and the signed power of attorney.
  4. Supply a listing of current full/part time instructors (include names, license numbers and specify those who are backups).
  5. Pay the prescribed fee.
  6. Successfully pass the preliminary and final inspections (after the board appearance).

How Do I Get An Application?

All applications, except for exam applications, can be printed from the Applications and Forms page: http://www.llr.sc.gov/POL/Cosmetology/index.asp?file=pub.htm.

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