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        Board Email:BoardInfo@llr.sc.gov
        Board Phone:(803) 896-4588
        Administrator:Theresa Richardson
        Advice Counsel:   Mary League   **
        Directions:110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC

**The Office of Advice Counsel is responsible for
providing legal advice to all Boards, Commissions
and Panels. These attorneys do not provide legal
advice to parties outside LLR.

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology

Licensure Requirements

Cosmetologist Section 40-13-230 (A)

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  • Successfully complete 1,500 hours in a cosmetology school approved by the Board or be licensed as a registered master hair care specialist for a period of five years
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Nail Technician

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency by tests used in the public schools or tests approved by the Board
  • Successfully complete 300 hours of class work in a nail technician school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Esthetician

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 10th grade education or equivalency
  • Successfully complete 450 hours in classes in skin care at a school approved by the Board or comparable training approved by the board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Instructor
General

  • Take and pass a written and practical exam
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician and have practiced for at least two years after receiving the respective license or, after receiving a cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician license, has completed a seven hundred fifty (750) hour instructor training program meeting the standards of Regulation 35-4(B)
  • Successfully complete a 45-hour method of teaching program approved by the Board
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the prescribed fee

Or
For specialized theory hours

  • Minimum of 5 years experience or Bachelor's degree in related area

Salons

  • Submit an application at least 10 working days prior to opening
  • Pay the prescribed fee
  • Have a satisfactory salon inspection
  • Designate a manager who will be responsible for compliance with this chapter and responsible for all personnel physically located in the salon.

Schools

Booth Renters

  • "Beauty salon" or "salon" means a building or any place, or part of a place or building including, but not limited to, a rental booth, in which cosmetology is performed on the general public for compensation.
  • Must be a South Carolina licensed cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician
  • Complete an application
  • Top portion is completed by the licensee
  • Bottom portion is completed by salon owner/manager
  • Pay the prescribed fee

How Do I Get An Application?

You can call the Board office at 803-896-4588 and request the appropriate application form, or you may download the appropriate application

When are Examinations Given?

Cosmetology, Nail Technician, Esthetician and Instructor theory/written and practical examinations are administered by Professional Credential Services (PCS). PCS may be contacted by phone at 888-822-3272 or visit their web site at:  https://pcshq.com/. Click on the following links for additional information. 

Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4300 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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