Education - Cosmetologists
Public/Private cosmetology schools
In Maryland, cosmetology schools are regulated by other state entities. The role of the Board of Cosmetology in you opening your school is to review and approve the curriculum that you plan to teach.
You will need to start the process with MHEC (Maryland Higher Education Commission) 410-767-3300 to open a Private Career School.
- Maryland State Department of Education — for public schools
- Maryland Higher Education Commission — for private schools
Please use this Curriculum Review Checklist for Cosmetology Schools as a guide.Apprenticeships
The Board of Cosmetologists supports several apprenticeships. The individual registering for the apprenticeship must be at least 16 years old. A sponsor, using their registration number and password, may certify monthly apprentice training below:
Sponsor Certifications for Apprentice Training
- Apprentice Cosmetologist: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist. Allowed to a two-year original license and one two-year renewal. Must complete 24 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
- Apprentice Hairstylist: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year licensed Limited Hairstylist. Allowed a two-year original license, NO RENEWAL. Must complete 15 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
- Apprentice Esthetician: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year licensed Limited Esthetician. Allowed a one-year original license and one one-year renewal. Must complete 12 months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
- Apprentice Nail Technician: Sponsored by a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year Limited Nail Technician. Allowed a one-year original license, NO RENEWAL. Must complete eight months of training with at least 20 hours per week.
HB 1600 State Board of Cosmetologists - License Renewal - Continuing Education
This legislation establishes a requirement for licensees to complete six hours of continuing education during each two-year licensing term. The passage of the law took effect on October 1, 2018. However, the agency is now in the process of implementing this new program, which will go into effect some time during the 2023 calendar year. Additional information regarding compliance with the required continuing education hours will be forthcoming. You are encouraged to comply with the requirements of the law in the interest of the health and safety of Maryland citizens.