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The Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure regulates individuals who practice in the State of Colorado as barbers, cosmetologists, hairstylists, estheticians, and manicurists. The Office also regulates the Shops and Salons where these services are performed. Licensure for these occupations is mandatory in Colorado. The Office’s activities include licensing exceptions, investigation of complaints, determination of discipline, and enforcement of discipline for those who violate the Barber and Cosmetologist Act and the Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensure Rules. The purpose of the Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure is to protect the consumer. The program is a Director model with a five member advisory committee comprised of a school representative, licensed professionals and a public member. The Office works closely with the National Interstate Council of Cosmetology Boards (NIC), the National Association of Barber Boards (NABBA), and its testing vendor, Pearson VUE.
To begin your renewal, click "Professionals" in the left menu of this page. Then click "Renewal."
Effective January 1, 2014, Pearson VUE will no longer administer Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure exams. PSI will begin administering the exams starting January 2, 2014. Candidates can begin scheduling their exams and submitting applications to PSI on December 16, 2013; candidates are able to schedule exams online at: https://candidate.psiexams.com/ or by calling 1-800-733-9267. Please note - the PSI call center will not be operational until December 16, 2013.
The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
Effective December 1, 2008: the Office of Barber Cosmetology no longer reviews out-of-state training. If you completed your education OUTSIDE of Colorado and did not obtain a license in that state, you must contact Pearson VUE for an application to take the Colorado practical and written examination. You can visit Pearson VUE’s website here.
If you obtained a license in another state, you must apply for endorsement by visiting Licensee/Applicant Services for an application.
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