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Beginning August 1, 2019 examinations will be offered in ENGLISH ONLY.  The Board will no longer offer examination in Vietnamese or Spanish after this date.

All applications for examination must be made through the online portal at https://elicense.ohio.gov.

Once an examination application has been submitted and approval completed by the Board, an email will be sent to the applicant indicating they are Eligible to Schedule an examination. 

All examination notices will be sent to the applicant via email correspondence.  
For examination questions, please contact the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board at (614) 466-3834.

Barbering

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EXAMINATION RESCHEDULE INFORMATION

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

EXAMINATION “NO SHOW” FEE

Notice of cancellation of a scheduled examination MUST be emailed to examcancellation@cos.ohio.govCancellation by phone or voice message will not be accepted. Applicants who fail to attend their scheduled examination date without sending a cancellation email are required to pay the reschedule fee in order to receive a new examination date.

No Communication Between Applicants During Examination

Each examinee shall be assigned an individual workstation. The examinees shall not communicate with other examinees during the examination and they shall not have any written material, unless provided by the board. Pagers, mobile devices, or other electronic devices are prohibited within the examination area with the exception of calculators, which may be furnished by the board. An applicant found violating any rule or participating in any other type of misconduct shall be dismissed and the applicant shall automatically fail the examination.

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Barber Theory Examination Information:

Specific Study Information for the Rules and Regulations area.

Ohio Revised Code (4709):

4709.02 - Prohibited Practices
4709.09 - Application for barber shop license-related businesses
4709.13 - Disciplinary Actions
4709.14 - Injunctive Relief

Cosmetology

UPLOAD ATTACHMENTS FOR ELICENSE OHIO

EXAMINATION RESCHEDULE INFORMATION

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

EXAMINATION “NO SHOW” FEE

Notice of cancellation of a scheduled examination MUST be emailed to examcancellation@cos.ohio.govCancellation by phone or voice message will not be accepted. Applicants who fail to attend their scheduled examination date without sending a cancellation email are required to pay the reschedule fee in order to receive a new examination date.

The reschedule fees are: 

Practical/Theory/Advanced $90.00         Practical/Theory $45.00          Advanced Only $45.00

Work Permit Policy

Applicants scheduling for an examination will only be issued one (1) Work Permit.  The work permit will expire on the date of the originally scheduled examination. Rescheduling of an examination date does not extend the date of work permit.  Applicant is only eligible for one (1) work permit.

No Communication Between Applicants During Examination     (OAC 4713-7-02)

Each examinee shall be assigned an individual workstation. The examinees shall not communicate with other examinees during the examination and they shall not have any written material, unless provided by the board. Pagers, mobile devices, or other electronic devices are prohibited within the examination area with the exception of calculators, which may be furnished by the board. An applicant found violating any rule or participating in any other type of misconduct shall be dismissed and the applicant shall automatically fail the examination.

TESTING INFORMATION PACKETS

Cosmetology Instructor and Branch of Cosmetology Instructor

Beginning July 16, 2018 all applicants for an Instructor license will be required to take and pass the Instructor Theory Examination prior to being issued a license.

eLicense Tips & Answers

  • I just graduated from school, how do I apply for an examination?
    • You will go to www.elicense.ohio.gov and create an Elicense account online. Choose the Login/Create and Account option and select “I DON’T HAVE A LICENSE” and follow the instructions. Once you have created your account you can apply for an examination, found on our Exam/School Info Tab. 
  • Select an Exam Date
    • The available exam dates will show on the calendar once you are eligible to schedule. New dates only become available after the maximum capacity of a date has been met.
  • How do I reschedule an exam?
    • You need to login to your Elicense account, go to your DASHBOARD and select options, then select Request to Reschedule.
  • How do I receive a work permit?
    • The application for a work permit must be submitted with the examination application. Once you have scheduled your exam your work permit will be emailed to you.