To work as a cosmetologist in the state of Wisconsin, you will need a Wisconsin Cosmetology License. To learn more about the Wisconsin Cosmetology License and how to acquire it, please read the information provided below.
What Are the Education Requirements to Obtain a Wisconsin Cosmetology License?
Applicants who wish to obtain their Wisconsin Cosmetology License can use one of four education requirements to obtain their Wisconsin Cosmetology License.
The first way to meet the education requirements for the Wisconsin Cosmetology License is to graduate from high school. If the applicant has not graduated from high school, they can also meet the education requirements from completing a high-school graduation equivalent.
Education requirements for the Wisconsin Cosmetology License can also be met through a special program, which is approved and provided by the Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology. Naturally, applicants must complete the program for this education to count towards the minimum requirements.
The last way to meet the education requirements is through the benefit rule under law 20 USC 1091(d). However, applicants using this law to meet education requirements must be at least 18 years of age.
What Training Requirements Do I Need Before I Can Obtain a Wisconsin Cosmetology License?
Applicants can meet the training requirements through accredited school education or through an apprenticeship program. Below, you will find the details on each route.
Before an applicant can meet the training requirements for their license, they need to have completed at least 1,550 training hours in an accredited school during a period that exceeds at least 10 months.
If the applicant has not attended beauty school for the requirement amount of time, the applicant can meet the requirements through an apprenticeship that includes at least 3,712 hours of practical training. In addition to this practical training, the applicant still needs at least 288 theoretical instruction at a cosmetology school. Naturally, the cosmetology school must be approved by the Wisconsin Cosmetology License.
Do I Need to Pass a State Examination Before I Can Obtain My Wisconsin Cosmetology License?
Applicants do need to sit a state exam and pass that examination before they can obtain their Wisconsin Cosmetology License. Before the exam can be taken, the applicant must have completed all the education and training requirements. If the applicant meets all the requirements, then a temporary work permit may be released by the state of Wisconsin.
When your application is approved, you can make an appointment with the Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology to take your exam. An appointment for your examination will then be provided. Once you complete the exam, you will receive your license from the state of Wisconsin.
Can I Obtain a Wisconsin Cosmetology License Through Endorsement?
Applicants who hold a cosmetology license in a different state can apply for a Wisconsin Cosmetology License through endorsement. However, these applicants must also meet certain criteria before a license can be granted.
Before a license can be granted to an out-of-state cosmetologist, the applicant must prove to have enjoyed at least 4,000 hours of licensed practice. If you can prove your experience and skill, then a license will be granted for the state of Wisconsin.
Can I Reinstate a Wisconsin Cosmetology License That Has Expired?
License holders who have obtained their license in the past, but whose license has expired for a period exceeding five years, will be required to take additional testing before their license can be reinstated.
Before your renewed license can be granted, you will be required to sit the state licensing exam; this includes both the practical and written examination. During this examination, you must prove you possess minimum competency in services and subjects that relate to areas such as public health and safety.
To sit the exam, you will first need to request an approval letter from the state board; this can be done by calling the department or by sending an email. You will be required to provide some information; this includes your name, any prior names, license number, and your address.
If you have passed your examination, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee. Once the fee is paid and you meet all the requirements, your new license will be provided to you.
What Are the Requirements to Get My Wisconsin Cosmetology License Renewed?
To renew your license, you need to apply for a renewed license before your license expires. You must also pay a pre-determined fee for your new license and the processing of your information. You also need to meet the continuing education requirements. These requirements are described on the website of the Wisconsin Board of Cosmetology.
The renewal date for a license starts on February 10 for 2017. You can renew your license online or via paper renewal form. To request a paper renewal form, call the department on 888-506-4239. If you live in the Madison area, you will need to contact the department on the number 608-261-4460.
What If I Have License, But Not Intend to Work as a Cosmetologist?
License holders who do not intend to work as a cosmetologist can place their license on the Inactive 454 Status. Putting your license on this status enables you to keep your license partially online; this means you do not have to go through the expired license procedure if you keep your license active.
How Do I Make Sure My License Application Gets Approved?
As is the case with all license applications, it is advised to fill in all forms accurately. Even if you have filled in everything, it is certainly a good idea to check everything again. When in doubt about your application – and if you meet all the necessary minimum requirements – be sure to contact the Wisconsin license department before submitting your application.
Applicants can find more information about the license application procedure on the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website. Be sure to read through all the information made available to you before you file your application.