Cosmetology Instructors

Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners


A person who is licensed as a cosmetologist, aesthetician, manicurist or natural hair stylist and is certified with the board as a cosmetology, aesthetician, manicuring or natural hair stylist instructor. The person may not practice cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, or natural hair styling as a profession within a school setting, but may practice as a cosmetologist, aesthetician, manicurist, or natural hair stylist elsewhere.


A school of cosmetology must have at least one certified instructor, and must have at least one certified instructor for each junior instructor employed by the school. A certified instructor must be on the premises whenever a cosmetology school (including public high school or state vocational technical school offering cosmetology, aesthetics, manicuring, or natural hair styling courses) is in operation. A cosmetology school must have at least one registered cosmetology (manicuring, aesthetics or natural hair) instructor for every 20 students enrolled, and must have one licensed instructor for each junior instructor  being supervised .

Certification Requirements

Hold a valid license as a cosmetologist, aesthetician, manicurist, natural hair stylist and meet educational and experience requirements. Effective July 1, 2015, the individual must hold a license in the field they are approved to teach for at least three (3) continuous years in order to obtain an instructor license.

Education and Experience Requirements

Be a high school graduate or possess a graduate equivalency diploma (G. E. D) and either complete a board-approved course in instructor training of at least 300 hours within a period of six months as an instructor trainee OR complete service as a junior instructor for a minimum of one year. (A junior instructor holds a valid cosmetologist's, aesthetician's, manicurist's or natural hair stylist's license and engages in a course of training in practice teaching in a school under the personal supervision of a licensed instructor for a period not to exceed three years).

Effective July 1, 2015, for a individual to receive an instructor license, they need to have been licensed for at least three continuous years.

Examination Requirements

Written and practical (consists of lesson plan) examination. For information on application, registration, examination or fees, contact our testing vender PSI online at or by phone, 800-733-9267.

Continuing Education Requirements

Attendance in a cosmetology instructor training program of at least sixteen (16) hours duration every two years at a session approved by the board . Individuals receive announcements of these seminars or may check the board website to plan ahead. They are held yearly, one in each Grand Division. Sixteen . Click here for Continuing Education Information.

Renewal Requirements

Renewal required every two years along with completion of sixteen (16) hours of continued education.

Application and Fees

To apply for an initial license please visit The fee for an initial application is $80.

License renewals can be done here.

The Instructor renewal fee is $70.00, as set forth in Rule 0440-1-.13(3) of the Tennessee Rules of Cosmetology.

The renewal form and fee must be submitted to the board office prior to the expiration date listed on the license.  If the renewal is not processed prior, there is an additional late fee of $25.00 per license.  If the late fee is due, your license is not renewed.

Licenses expired for more than three (3) years become invalid. In order to reinstate an invalid license, the licensee must take reinstatement exams. There are no waivers to this provision.