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Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

NOTICE TO TEXAS APPLICANTS: The Board of Cosmetology (the “Board”) at its February 3, 2014 meeting voted to temporarily suspend processing of reciprocal license applications from Texas. This suspension was lifted on March 2, 2015 but as a result of several Texas schools having disciplinary issues, the Tennessee Board now requires Texas applicants to also provide transcript certification of their education with the full application.

Separately, some States do not require both theory and practical exams therefore they may be required to take them for a Tennessee reciprocal license. For more information about testing in Tennessee, review the Board’s Candidate Information Bulletin found on PSI’s website at the following link: https://candidate.psiexams.com/index.jsp. Each candidate information bulletin provides pertinent information to help prepare for Tennessee Board of Cosmetology examinations, scoring information, testing locations and an abundance of other useful tools for testing applicants.

Announcement

Per a court order issued by the Davidson County Chancery court on August 5, 2020, the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners (Board) is enjoined from enforcing Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-3-110(b)(2) which requires that all master barber registration applicants obtain a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalence. Please note that the director and staff will no longer require that barber schools contain proof of a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalence in a student’s file.  For any question please contact the Board office at Cosmetology.Board@tn.gov . Should this status change the notice on this website will be updated.

Effective January 26, 2022, the exam options with PSI will include: Remote Proctoring for the theory exam and Virtual Practical exam. Candidates can chose to test at a PSI center if they do not have a computer that supports the camera and/or required technology. Separately, on that same date, both exams will start using the new content referred to as the National Exam. This change is to ease mobility, join other States that also see a lot of movement within the industry and to make sure the public is protected.

More information on this will be sent to schools as soon as it is available. Instructors will receive additional training via a webinar at least three weeks before the launch date. The Board will send email communications to all active school including High Schools, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) schools and Private Schools.

Please contact us directly for more information:
State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243
Email: Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov
Phone: 615-741-2515
Toll Free: 800-480-9285


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