Updated Cosmetology Examination Information
Professional Credential Services (PCS) is the professional testing organization that administers the written and practical examinations pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-514(A). Professional Credential Services (PCS) is the professional testing organization that administers the written and practical examinations. Beginning May 24, PCS will begin scheduling and testing practical examinations for cosmetology, aesthetics and nail technology.
In April 2022, PCS started offering a Computer Based Test (CBT) for both the written theory and practical examinations. The use of CBT examinations will increase testing capacity for candidates. Hairstylists and instructors will continue to do practical tests until PCS/Prometric offers a CBT at a later date.
PCS is utilizing the services of Prometric Testing Centers to administer the CBT examinations. Eight (8) Prometric Testing Centers are currently operating in Arizona. To find the location closest to you, visit pcshq.com.
The application and examination process remain unchanged. Learn more about the examination information.
If you have questions regarding the examinations, please contact pcshq.com or (888) 822-3272. For non-testing questions, please call the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board at 480-784-4539.
In November 2021, the Arizona Cosmetology Board extended the Governor’s Executive Order for the distribution of provisional licenses due to the testing capabilities from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provisional license holders with a provisional license expiration date of May 9, 2022 through June 17, 2022 will receive an expiration date extension to June 30, 2022. During this time, license holders need to go through the adequate steps to obtain a license.
The Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board will not be printing new provisional licenses for the extension through June 30, 2022.
After May 20, 2022, no new provisional license requests will be issued. However, provisional license requests that were submitted to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology by May 20, 2022 will be processed and issued with the standard 6-month expiration date. We encourage those with provisional licenses to obtain their individual license as soon as they can.
To all individuals who are submitting an application online, you must have all of the required documents ready to upload. If you timeout from the link, do not go back to the payment portal and pay twice. Call 480-784-4539 for further instructions. The current time frame to process an application is 8 to 12 weeks.
*NOTE: Not all phones/iPads are compatible to submit applications. Please use a desktop/laptop computer.
Once you get confirmation of payment; an application link is at the bottom of your confirmation page. If you do not see this, please check your spam folder in the email you provided.
As of January 4, 2021, all individual and salon licenses are required to renew online. If you are not sure if you are renewing a salon or individual license, please call the office for clarification. Do not submit any type of application. If you need to renew your individual/salon license, please visit the license renewal link. Please do not mail in your renewal as we will return any mail received and instruct you to renew online.
Licenses & Renewals
If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one by clicking on the ‘Create Account’ on the bottom left on the renewal page.
If you need to reactivate your personal or salon license, please call the main office number for instructions. To make a payment on a civil penalty, you may mail it in or call the office.
***Please note that not all phones are compatible so we recommend you use a desktop/laptop computer to renew.
To renew your license on time, we recommend renewing on or 60 days before the expiration date.
Late to Renew?
If you are late to renew, you must pay a delinquent fee. You have 60 days before your renewal date to renew. If your license is in an "INACTIVE" status for over 2 years, you will have to call the office for procedures to reactivate.
Licensed in Another State
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-4302, a person shall be granted an occupational or professional license or certificate if the person has been licensed or certified in another state for at least twelve months, the license or certificate is in the same discipline and at the same practice level as the license or certificate for which the person is applying in this state and the person meets other conditions prescribed by A.R.S. § 32-4302. If you are moving to another state and need a license certification, please fill out this form.
Effective February 1, 2021, application fees have changed for the following applications:
- Examination application fee-$60.00. (Apply online)
- Reciprocity application fee-$60 plus $25 class fee to complete the Infection Protection/Law review class. (Apply online)
- Universal application fee-$60.00. (Apply online)
- School Renewal fee-$250.00. (mail renewal fee and School application)
- Delinquent School Renewal fee-$350.00 ($250 renewal & Delinquent fee $100). (mail renewal and delinquent fee with School application)
- Duplicate License request fee-$10.00. (Apply online)
Infection Protection/Law Classes
Due to the pandemic, the classes for the Infection Protection/Law classes have been canceled until further notice. For individuals who are required to attend the Infection Protection/Law class (reactivation and Board order only) you may complete it by reading the Laws and Rules section found under Licensing Information. Once you have reviewed both sections, please print the first page of each section and write the following sentence: "I have read and understood the Arizona Laws and Rules that I have reviewed" and sign your name and date it. You can either scan it and email it to [email protected] or mail it to:
Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board
ATTN: Infection Protection Class
1740 W Adams #4400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Arizona Apprenticeship Program
Arizona offers a "Cosmetology Apprenticeship" program. The program is hosted through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).
- Occupation terms: One and a half (1.5) years with 3000 hours - minimum 250 to 288 hours of related instruction. Arizona State Board of Cosmetology examination is required to become licensed.