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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
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School Closures, Student hours

Students of Regency Beauty Institute can request the Board to certify school hours reported to the Board using the certification of school hours form. The Board has already been in the rule-making process since July to repeal the rule requiring 1/3 of hours to be completed in the school from which a student graduates and will be addressing the waiver of the rule at their October meeting. Please direct any questions to nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com, and updates will be provided on the Board website as we have more information.

Consumer and Student Complaints

To file a consumer complaint please use our online form.

Board Inspections

The Board has received notification of an individual impersonating our Inspectors in the Forsyth County area. Board inspectors carry identification and salon staff are welcome to request to see it.

Board Office Moved Mid-July 2012

The Board office has moved to 1207 Front Street Suite 110 Raleigh, NC 27609. (updated 5/23/12, 7/24/12)

License Renewals and CE Rule Updates

Renewals for the 2016 licenses began July 1, 2016.

Reminder: payment of CE course fee is separate from the license renewal fee due to the Board. To renew, login to the Board's website (above)

Natural Hair Care Information Update (updated 7/8/2016, 7/2/2015)

Congratulations to the close to 7,000 licensed natural hair care specialists!  Natural Hair Care Specialists need 8 hours of continuing education for renewal.

Applicants eligible for natural hair care specialist licensure must have applied on or before July 1, 2015. Online applications were accepted until 11:59 pm on July 1, 2015.  After July 1, 2015 any unlicensed individual must graduate from a licensed Cosmetic Arts natural hair care school, pass examination and pay for licensure.

A cosmetic art shop that practices natural hair care only must comply with the requirements of G.S. 88B-14 and obtain licensure. Apply here: Salon License Application


Continuing Education

New regulations significantly change the administration of cosmetic art continuing education for the Board, licensees and providers.  We hope the following list will assist licensees in the transition.

 Effective April 1, 2012 licensees must:

  • Maintain records of course title, description, date, address of location and number of hours earned
  • Ensure at least 50% of subject matter broadens the knowledge of the cosmetic art profession (instructors – 50% teacher training techniques/and enhance the ability to communicate)
  • After completion of these requirements date and sign affirmation of course completion. All licensees may be subject to audit and must provide records of course title, description, date, address of location and number of hours attended if requested by the Board. (All Board audits will review actual course attendance hours. Licensees must complete a minimum of 8 hours of CE per year of licensure.)


Course providers no longer need submit course applications, packets, lesson plans, schedules or attendee information directly to the Board. Should you have any questions or if we can be of other assistance please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

License status can be verified and printed online.


A disinfectant jar located at each individual styling station, including manicuring tables, is not necessary.   The proper sanitation procedure requires washing implements in warm soapy water, drying, immersion in the disinfectant solution according to manufacturer's directions, rinsing, drying and storing in a clean closed container. Licensee/Students should have, at each station, a closed container for disinfected implements and a closed container for soiled implements.  

Dermaplaning and needling are not within the scope of practice of our licensees.
§ 88B2.  Definitions. (11a)    Esthetics. - Refers to any of the following practices: giving facials; applying makeup; performing skin care; removing superfluous hair from the body of a person by use of creams, tweezers, or waxing; applying eyelashes to a person, including the application of eyelash extensions, brow or lash color; beautifying the face, neck, arms, or upper part of the human body by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams; surface manipulation in relation to skin care; or cleaning or stimulating the face, neck, ears, arms, hands, bust, torso, legs, or feet of a person by means of hands, devices, apparatus, or appliances along with the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.

License Verification
To verify if your license has been issued please search your name at the following link: