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How to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist in Kansas How to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist in Kansas



Our Wichita Beauty School Can Help You Achieve It!

Are you ready to follow your dream of becoming a licensed cosmetologist? A career in cosmetology is rewarding, fun, and exciting. As a cosmetologist in Kansas, you will get to use your creativity while working in a cutting-edge industry. If you have a passion for beauty, now is the time to begin your cosmetology career! Enrolling in hair school at Eric Fisher Academy is the first step to unleash your talent and gain the knowledge and hands-on cosmetology training needed to succeed.

Follow these steps to become a licensed cosmetologist in Kansas:

  1. Graduate from an Approved Cosmetology School
  2. Pass the Kansas Board Cosmetology Exam
  3. Submit your Application for Licensure as a Cosmetologist in Kansas
  4. Regularly renew your Kansas Cosmetology License as needed

1. Cosmetology School

In order to receive your cosmetology license, you must attend a licensed beauty school and complete a minimum of 1,500 of cosmetology training hours as required by the state of Kansas. After completing your training hours, you may then take the state’s cosmetology board exams. Attending cosmetology school is a great hands-on way of learning how to work with hair, skin, and nails. Enrolling in cosmetology classes is easy and will provide you with the opportunity to practice the hands-on art of hair styling.

The average beauty school cosmetology class covers topics such as:

  • Shampooing
  • Hair Styling
  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Perming
  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Texture
  • Face and Skin Care
  • Manicuring
  • Scalp Treatments

Be sure to pick a beauty school that is licensed and approved by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetologists. Though there are many hair schools to choose from, Eric Fisher Academy stands out as an award-winning cosmetology school that is licensed and approved by the state. Centrally located in Wichita, Eric Fisher Academy is the premier choice for cosmetology training whether you’re from the Wichita area or any other part of the state. You can even choose to continue your education after you’ve become a fully licensed cosmetologist. Taking continuing education courses will help you to stay on top of the most recent trends and fads, allowing you to always provide your clients with the best experience and results possible.

2. The Kansas Board Cosmetology Exam

After you complete cosmetology class schooling, you must pass the licensing exam issued by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology in order to practice cosmetology and obtain your license. You are eligible to take the Kansas Board Cosmetology Exam upon completion of the 1,500 required training hours.

You must be referred by your beauty school, your apprentice program, or the Kansas Board of Cosmology in order to take the online exam. You must be at least 17 years of age to sign up for the exam, and at least 80 hours away from the completion of your cosmetology training program or hair school. Upon taking the exam, you should have completed your program or schooling requirements.

The Kansas Board of Cosmetology defines cosmetologists as hairstylists and makeup artists. Please be aware, if you are also interested in becoming a manicurist or esthetician, that may require meeting a different set of licensing requirements.

After you have been referred by your program, you will be given a username and password for registration and to schedule the time for your exam. Before taking the exam, be sure to read the Exam Guide from the Board of Cosmetology and pay for the two-part test. The current cost for the Practical Exam is $65 and the cost of the Written Exam is $50. Once you have paid the exam fees and completed an application form, you will then receive a voucher which will allow you to schedule a time for you to take the exams. You can expect the exam to cover topics such as:

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Implements, Tools, and Equipment
  • Chemical and Facility Management
  • Hair Care and Product Use
  • Skin and Facial Care and Product Use
  • Nail Care and Product Use

During the practical exam, you will be required to perform tasks that show you are able to professionally work with hair, makeup, and nails. Bring along your kit and head mannequins to show off your skills with hair, makeup, and nails. Additional skills you should be prepared to perform are:

  • Setting up and Sanitizing
  • Draping
  • Thermal Curling, Haircut, Chemical Waves, and Facial Services
  • Hair Coloring, Lightening, and Chemical Relaxing
  • Blood Spill Procedures
  • Sculptured Nail
  • Manicure
  • Disinfection and Cleanup

During the two-hour written exam, you will be tested on your professional knowledge of Kansas Cosmetology Laws and Regulations as well as the content of the following books (which your time at Eric Fisher Academy will thoroughly cover):

  • Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology
  • Salon Fundamentals: A Resource for Your Cosmetology Career
  • Milady’s Standard Nail Technology

In just one week, your scores will be ready to view online. To pass the exam and apply for licensure, you must receive at least 75% on the exams.

3. Your Application for Licensure

The Kansas Board of Cosmetology licenses for the following professions:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetologist Technician
  • Electrologist
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist
  • Facilities for the Cosmetology Professions
  • Instructors for the Cosmetology Professions
  • Schools for the Cosmetology Professions

Before you can become a licensed cosmetologist, you must submit your application for licensure through the Board website. You will also need to submit:

  1. Verification of High School Graduation
  2. Verification of Your Cosmetology Training Education and Instructional Hours
  3. Verification of Your Kansas Board Exam Scores
  4. Name Change Documents (if needed)
  5. A $45 Application Fee

You can mail any necessary documents to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology at 714 SW Jackson, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66603.

4. Renewing Your Kansas Cosmetology License

You must regularly renew your license in order to continue practicing cosmetology in Kansas. Once you are fully licensed you can find employment at any number of salons located in Wichita or anywhere else in the state of Kansas.

The First Step? Cosmetology Classes at Eric Fisher Academy!

Are you ready to kick off your career training so you can become a hairstylist or cosmetologist? Choose Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita to prepare and learn the ins-and-outs of the industry. Our fall full-time and part-time classes are enrolling now! Request more information to join our next cohort!