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Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Licensing a School

Owners of the new school must submit an application accompanied by the appropriate fee and a floor plan to be approved by the Board. If the application and floor plan are approved at a Board meeting a tentative inspection date will be scheduled and the owner advised. If the school passes inspection by at least one (1) Board Member, upon receipt of the inspection sheet, a license will issued.

Change of Ownership/Location

An application for change of location must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and a floor plan to be approved by the Board. If the application and floor plan are approved at a Board meeting a tentative inspection date will be scheduled and the owner advised. Application for change of ownership do not need to be accompanied by a floor plan. If the school passes inspection by at least one (1) Board Member, upon receipt of the inspection sheet, a license will be issued.

Renewal

School renewal applications are mailed out two months prior to the expiration date. Cosmetology school licenses expire on September 1st and must be renewed annually. A board member and an inspector each must inspect the schools on an annual basis. A penalty fee of ten ($25.00) will be assessed on any renewal application postmarked after the expiration date of the license.

Requirements for School License

  • The Board of Cosmetology will not issue, reissue or renew a license to operate a school of cosmetology or authorize a change of ownership or location of a school of cosmetology, unless the school is equipped with at least the following:
    • A minimum of two (2) restroom facilities;
    • one (1) work station with adjustable chair per student working on the clinic floor, with a minimum of twenty (20) stations;
    • five (5) shampoo basins adequately spaced with hot and cold running water;
    • five (5) manicure tables;
    • five (5) floor based hooded dryers;
    • ten (10) mannequins;
    • one (1) sitting arrangement in the theory classroom for each student attending class;
    • one (1) wet sterilizer at each student work station;
    • enclosed storage area for clean towels;
    • enclosed container for soiled towels;
    • covered trash containers maintained in a sanitary condition;
    • sufficient ultra violet sanitizer and/or dry sterilization at each student's work station;
    • A posted sign stating that all services are performed by students;
    • adequate waiting area for customers; and
    • time sheet/time clock
  • A proposed floor plan must be submitted to and approved by the Board before:
    • issuance of a license to operate a new cosmetology school;
    • issuance of a license to operate a cosmetology school whose ownership has changed;
    • reissuance of a license to operate a relocated cosmetology school;
    • a branch school shall be considered a new school and closed to the public for ninety (90) days.
  • The floor plan shall provide for and the school shall contain, at least 2200 sq. ft. of instructional floor space, including an enclosed classroom for theory instruction. The building shall meet all applicable fire and building regulations prescribed by state or local government.
  • The requirements of the school or enrollment of students are:
    • every cosmetology school shall maintain documentation in each student's file which evidences age and education which meets eligibility requirements for enrollment.
    • every enrollment of a student in a cosmetology school shall be evidenced by a written enrollment agreement, signed by both parties, which clearly details the rights and obligations of both parties.
    • the school shall furnish to the student an executed copy of the enrollment agreement and maintain a copy of the agreement in the student's file.
  • Every student enrollment agreement shall:
    • be signed and dated by the student and an authorized representative of the school;
    • specify the number of clock hours in the course of instruction and an approximate number of weeks or months required for completion;
    • identify all costs and charges which the student must bear;
    • indicate any grounds for termination of a student by the school;
    • state in clear and understandable language the school's refund policy
    • list any special conditions or requirements for graduation; and
    • contain an acknowledgment that the student has read and understands the agreement before making any payment thereunder.
  • All documentation agreements required under this rule shall be available for inspection by members or inspectors of the Board during business hours.

Transcripts

Every cosmetology school or college shall, upon completion or discontinuance of the course of instruction by a student, furnish him or her a transcript showing accumulated hours of instruction. The school or college shall simultaneously furnish a copy of such transcript to the office of the Board.

Directions

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate a school without conspicuously displaying a valid license. All requirements stated in Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-3-123 must be met. Please submit to the Board the following:

  1. A completed, application, accompanied by the required fee.
  2. The floor plan shall provide for and the school shall contain, at least sixteen hundred square feet(1600 sq. ft.) of instructional floor space, including an enclosed classroom for theory instruction. The building shall meet all applicable fire and building regulations prescribed by state or local government.
  3. Proposed days and hours of operation, and a copy of the course curriculum.
  4. A True and exact copy of an application form at least fifteen (15) students (part-time or full-time), who will enroll and attend school for a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours per week.

All Schools Must Abide By The Following Rules And Regulations

  1. Prior to the opening of a new, change of ownership or location of a school, the school must pass an initial
    inspection by a board field inspector. The school must fulfill any conditions stipulated by the Board.
  2. A branch school shall be considered a new school and closed to the public for ninety (90) days.
  3. The school must employ at least:
    A. One (1) licensed instructor, where the enrollment is fifteen (15) students. The ratio of 15:1 must always be maintained.
    B. Two (2) licensed instructor, or one (1) licensed instructor and one instructor assistant who has not been employed as such for no more than three years (certificate is invalid after September 1 of the third year), where the enrollment is greater than fifteen but not greater than thirty students.
  4. The requirements of the school for enrollment of students are:
    A. Every barber school shall maintain documentation in each student’s file which evidences age and education
    which meets eligibility requirements for enrollment;
    B. Every enrollment of a student in a barber school shall be evidenced by a written enrollment agreement,
    signed by both parties, which clearly details the rights and obligations of both parties;
    C. The school shall furnish to the student an executed copy of the enrollment agreement and maintain a copy
    of the agreement in the student’s file. 
  5. Every student enrollment agreement shall:
    A. Be signed and dated by the student and an authorized representative of the school;
    B. Specify the number of clock hours in the course of instruction and an approximate number of weeks or
    months required for completion;
    C. Identify all costs and charges which the student must bear;
    D. Indicate any grounds for termination of a student by the school
    E. State in clear and understandable language the school’s refund policy;
    F. List any special conditions or requirements for graduation; and
    G. Contain an acknowledgment that the student has read and understands the agreement before making any
    payment thereunder.
  6. All documentation and enrollment agreements required under this rule shall be available for inspection
    by the State Board during business hours.

Each student, with schools assistance, shall be required to have a book (or other material approved by the board to cover the curriculum) and a complete kit pursuant to Rule 0200-1-.15 for the course as follows:

  • Master Barber after one hundred (100) hours of enrollment
  • Barber Technician after fifty (50) hours of enrollment

Each school shall:

  • Have rubber gloves and safety goggles available to all student
  • Conspicuously display within the clinic area a sign which shall read as follows:

“All Services In This School Performed By Students Only.”

  • All students in a school of barber must wear a uniform prescribed by the school. All instructors must wear smocks and/or shirt and tie with name and title.
  • Each school shall display at its entrance a sign of sufficient size to be clearly visible from the street, indicating that it is a school.

Policy on New Construction and Alterations

The Following Information Is Provided On Behalf Of The U.S. Department Of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office On The Americans With Disabilities Act (Title II, U.S. Code)

New Constructions and Alterations

  • Public Entities must ensure that newly constructed buildings and facilities are free of architectural and communication barriers that restrict access or use by individuals with disabilities.
  • When a public entity undertakes alterations to an existing building, it must also ensure that the altered portions are accessible.
  • The ADA does not require retrofitting of existing buildings to eliminate barriers, but does establish a high standard of accessibility for new buildings.

Public entities may choose between two (2) technical standards for accessible design: The Uniform Federal

Accessibility Standard (UFAS), established under the Architectural Barriers Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, adopted by the Department of Justice for places of public accommodation and commercial facilities covered by Title III of the ADA.

The elevator exemption for small buildings under ADA Accessibility Guidelines would not apply to public entities covered by Title II.

For information concerning the requirements of The Americans with Disabilities Act, contact your local building codes office.

Renewal

School renewal applications are mailed out two months prior to the expiration date. Barber school licenses expire one year from the date they were first approved. A penalty fee of ten ($25.00) will be assessed on any renewal application postmarked after the expiration date of the license.