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Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure


Ofelia Duran, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

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, PSI.

Renewal Information

To begin your renewal, click "Professionals" in the left menu of this page. Then click "Renewal."

News Items

Job Analysis - Open from February 10th - March 14, 2014.

PSI, on behalf of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), is conducting a Job Analysis Study for the Colorado Cosmetologist, Barber, Hairstylist, Esthetician, and Manicurist professions. Job Analyses are an essential step in developing licensing exams that are valid, current, and fair. Note, that this is not a requirement to renew your license.

All licensees will receive an invitation to participate in the online Job Analysis Survey by email via survey monkey. Completion of the survey is a valuable and unique opportunity to ensure the Colorado Barber and Cosmetology licensing exams accurately reflect the knowledge and skills required to effectively and safely perform the expected duties within these professions. Survey responses will be collected from February 10, 2014 through March 14, 2014.

Please complete the job analysis survey by clicking here.

Following a brief introduction and demographic questions, you will be asked to select a license type and rate the professional activities and knowledge associated with that profession. If you are licensed in more than one area, we invite you to complete the survey for each license you hold. Simply answer "Yes" when asked if you would like to complete a survey for another license.

New Examination Information

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.

We Changed Our Name!

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.

Notice:  Review out-of-state training

Effective January 1, 2014: 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 PSI for an application to take the Colorado practical and written examination.  You can visit PSI website here

If you obtained a license in another state and that license is still ACTIVE, you must apply for endorsement by visiting Licensee/Applicant Services for an application here.

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1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202 Email
(303) 894-7800 - Phone (303) 894-7693 - Fax