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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
Infection Control, Safety, and Consumer Protection


The NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners was created by an act of law in 1933 to establish and maintain sanitary and professional standards for the cosmetic art industry. Today, the Board licenses over 80,000 individuals and businesses in the various branches of the cosmetic art industry (cosmetology, manicuring, esthetics, natural hair care, salons, public and private cosmetic art schools and programs).

The NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners has remained steadfast in its commitment to establishing and maintaining authorized, sanitary, healthful, and professional standards for the ever-expanding and technologically advancing cosmetic art profession. The board's mission is to develop, monitor and enforce the standards used in the industry for the safety and protection of the public. To accomplish this mission the Board has set the following goals and objectives:

a. Monitor the business of cosmetic art education to ensure that students are provided minimum training levels and sanitary standards are maintained.
b. Examination of students to demonstrate minimum competency levels before being allowed to offer services to the public, and consistency with established national minimum standards.
c. Timely review and processing of completed applications for individual and school/shop licenses.
d. Timely inspection and opening of new schools/shops in the industry.
e. Timely inspection and enforcement of sanitary standards in existing schools/shops.
f. Timely and thorough investigations of complaints by the general public and by licensees.
g. Aggressive pursuit of unlicensed individuals and shops.
h. Monitor development, administration, documentation, and certification of Continuing Education program requirements.
i. Monitor new products and services offered in the industry for safety and sanitation standards.