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Education - Cosmetologists

Public/Private cosmetology schools

In Maryland, cosmetology schools are regulated by other state entities.

Apprenticeships

The Board of Cosmetologists supports several apprenticeships. The individual registering for the apprenticeship must be at least 16 years old. A sponsor, using their registration number and password, may certify monthly apprentice training below:
Sponsor Certifications for Apprentice Training

  • Apprentice Cosmetologist: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist. Allowed to a two-year original license and one two-year renewal. Must complete 24 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
     
  • Apprentice Hairstylist: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year licensed Limited Hairstylist. Allowed a two-year original license, NO RENEWAL. Must complete 15 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
     
  • Apprentice Esthetician: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year licensed Limited Esthetician. Allowed a one-year original license and one one-year renewal. Must complete 12 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
     
  • Apprentice Nail Technician: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year Limited Nail Technician. Allowed a one-year original license, NO RENEWAL. Must complete eight months of training with at least 20 hours per week.

Before an online application will be processed, sponsors must complete and return a sponsor jot form. All apprentices must apply online for a permit to practice.

Continuing Education

HB 1600 State Board of Cosmetologists - License Renewal - Continuing Education
This legislation establishes a requirement for licensees to complete six hours of continuing education during each two-year licensing term. The passage of the law took effect on October 1, 2018. However, the agency is now in the process of implementing this new program, which will go into effect some time during the 2023 calendar year. Additional information regarding compliance with the required continuing education hours will be forthcoming prior to the close of the 2022 calendar year. You are encouraged to comply with the requirements of the law in the interest of the health and safety of Maryland citizens.