Tennessee Cosmetology License Information

In order to obtain a license in Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, in the state of Tennessee, individuals must complete the requirements listed below. Other requirements may apply.

Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Esthetician: 750 hours
Nail Technology: 600 hours
Barber: 1500 hours

Licensing Fee Schedule: (Fees subject to change)

Fee schedule is for all cosmetology fields and barbering.

Theory and Practical Exam Fee: $140

Continuing Education Requirements:


If applicant is a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, or Barber but does not meet the required classroom hours (see above) and cannot provide a five year work history, applicant will need to submit an application for reciprocity to the Board office. Additional requirements may apply.

Contact Information:

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1147
www.state.tn.us/commerce/boards/cosmo/index.html Cosmetology
www.tennessee.gov/commerce/boards/barber Barber