Frequently Asked Questions about Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Find FAQs below.

How can I become a cosmetologist?

Complete a basic 1000 hour course in a licensed cosmetology school.

How can I become a manicurist?

Complete a basic 100 hour course in an approved manicuring program

How can I become an aesthetician?

Complete a basic 300 course in an approved aesthetic program


When are the examinations offered?

Examinations are offered daily in Malden. They are also offered on Saturdays in Springfield and Framingham.


Where are the Cosmetology, Aesthetic and Manicuring schools located?

Our list of the licensed schools and programs is available on this web site.


How can I update my operators license to a cosmetologist (type 1) license?

Complete the application with proof of two years work experience and it must be notarized. Operators license must be current.


How do I renew my cosmetology license?

Licenses are renewed every two years on your birthrate. Renewals are mailed out approximately 6 weeks prior to the expiration date. It is the responsibility of the licensee to notify the Board if they fail to receive a renewal notice.


How do I notify the Board of an address or name change?

Use our online Change Your Address form and update the information


How would I contact a cosmetology association in Massachusetts?

You may call the National Cosmetology Association of Massachusetts at 1-800-487-8858.


How can I open a salon?

Please visit our page or take a look at our Salon Applicants form.