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Barber Continuing Education Information

CE Hours Requirement Revised

The Board voted at the March 8, 2022 meeting of the Board to reduce the number of CE Hours required for this renewal period.

The CE requirement was reduced to:  One (1) Hour Board Laws & Rules and three (3) Hours of Infection Control and Safety.

See the Continuing Education page for additional information.

CE Hours are required to be completed between
July 2, 2021 and August 15, 2022

Individuals must complete continuing education hours for each type of license held, this includes a barber license and barber teacher license.

One (1) hour of CE concerning Board Laws and Rules: 
This course can be applied to multiple licenses.
NOTE: Only provided by the Board, available on CE Broker

Three (3) hours of CE concerning Infection Control and Safety: 
If the Safety and Infection Control course is taken as a 
“stand-alone” course, it may be applied to multiple licenses held.

One (1) hour of CE on Personal Wellness:
Which may include, but is not limited to, courses on mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and crisis management 
This course may be applied to multiple licenses held.

Three (3) hours of CE concerning subject matter relating to 
the scope of services for each license held: 

Subject matter of course must match the scope of practice of the license held.

CE Broker Account

The Board uses the CE Broker platform to host classes.  CE Broker also is used to list approved CE classes and to track CE class attendance.  Providers of approved CE classes are required to report attendance to CE Broker within 10 business days of class completion.

You will need to set-up a free CE Broker account.  This account will allow you to track completed CE classes/hours and have access to Board required classes.

CLICK HERE for directions to set-up your free CE Broker account.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to determine if a Continuing Education (CE) class has been approved by the Board. Licensees should ask the provider of the class if Board approval has been obtained. If there are questions regarding specific course content, loss of a certificate of completion, directions, etc., please contact the provider of the class directly.

When taking a continuing education class, licensees are required to sign-in to the class using their name and Board license number (e.g.BARB.991234). Upon completion of the class, licensees should receive a certificate of completion. The certificate should include the date, class location, hours, course approval number, and class name.

NOTE:  The Board will verify the completion of the required CE hours through CE Broker as a condition of renewing the license.  If CE hours are not reported as completed in CE Broker, you will not be permitted to complete the online renewal process. 

Continuing Education Exemptions

First-Time Licensee
If this is your first Ohio license, you are not required to obtain CE hours for this renewal period. 
Payment of the renewal fee is required to keep a license active.
NOTE: A Barber Teacher license is not eligible for this exemption.

Sixty-Five (65) or older
Licensees who are age sixty-five (65) or older, before May 3, 2022 are not required to complete CE hours. Payment of renewal fee is required to keep a license current and active.

Held a license for 30 years or more
Licensees who have held a board license for thirty (30) or more years, before May 3, 2022 are not required to complete CE hours. Payment of renewal fee is required to keep a license current and active.

Cosmetology or Branch of Cosmetology Continuing Education Information

2021-2023 CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
COSMETOLOGY OR BRANCH OF COSMETOLOGY

CE Hours Requirement Revised

The Board voted at the March 8, 2022 meeting of the Board to reduce the number of CE Hours required for this renewal period.

The CE requirement was reduced to:  One (1) Hour Board Laws & Rules and three (3) Hours of Infection Control and Safety.

Continuing Education hours are required to be taken between 
July 2, 2021 and January 15, 2023.


An individual that holds a license to practice cosmetology, a branch of cosmetology, 
or an instructor license is required to complete the following hours of continuing education:

One (1) hour of CE concerning Board Laws and Rules:
This course can be applied to multiple licenses.
NOTE: Only provided by the Board, available on CE Broker

Three (3) hours of CE concerning Safety and Infection Control: 
If the Safety and Infection Control course is taken as a 
“stand-alone” course, it may be applied to multiple licenses held.

One (1) hour of CE on Personal Wellness:
Which may include, but is not limited to, courses on mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and crisis management 
This course can be applied to multiple licenses.

Three (3) hours of CE concerning subject matter relating to 
the scope of services for each license held by the individual: 

Subject matter of course must match the scope of practice of the license held.

An individual that holds a license to Boutique Service Registration is required to complete the following hours of continuing education:

One (1) hour of CE concerning Board Laws and Rules: 
This course can be applied to multiple licenses. 
NOTE: Only provided by the Board

Three (3) hours of CE concerning Safety and Infection Control: 
If the Safety and Infection Control course is taken as a 
“stand-alone” course, it may be applied to multiple licenses held.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to determine if a Continuing Education (CE) class has been approved by the Board. Licensees should ask the provider of the class if Board approval has been obtained. If there are questions regarding specific course content, loss of a certificate of completion, directions, etc., please contact the provider of the class directly.

When taking a continuing education class, licensees are required to sign-in to the class using their name and Board license number (e.g.COSA.991234). Upon completion of the class, licensees should receive a certificate of completion. The certificate should include the date, class location, hours, course approval number, and class name.

NOTE:  During the CE audit the Board may request proof of completion of CE hours. Therefore, the certificate should be retained in a safe and accessible place. Click Here to view a list of approved CE classes.

First-Time Licensee
If this is your first Ohio license, you are not required to obtain CE hours for this renewal period.
Payment of the renewal fee is required to keep a license active.
NOTE: An Instructors license is not eligible for this exemption.

Inactive (formerly Escrow)
Licensees that place their license in an “INACTIVE” status are not required to complete CE hours during the time the license is classified as “INACTIVE”. Completion of the required number of CE hours must be completed in order to restore a license to an “ACTIVE” status. 
To begin the process of restoring an INACTIVE license to an ACTIVE status CLICK HERE

Sixty-Five (65) or older
Licensees who are age sixty-five (65) or older, before October 3, 2022 are not required to complete CE hours. Payment of renewal fee is required to keep a license current and active.

Held a license for 30 years or more 
Licensees who have held a board license for thirty (30) or more years, before October 3, 2022 are not required to complete CE hours. Payment of renewal fee is required to keep a license current and active.

Lapsed/Amnesty
If a renewal fee has not been received for two-consecutive renewal periods (4 years), the license will go into a “LAPSED” status. To restore the license to an ACTIVE status, the licensee is required to pay all back fees and obtain up to twenty-four (24) hours of CE. 
To begin the process of restoring a LAPSED license to an ACTIVE status CLICK HERE