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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

Continuing Education Information for Licensees

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 earned 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 please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Each licensee must earn 8 hours of CE per year of the license cycle. 

CE Policies, Updates and Reminders

Exemptions: A licensee who is in active practice as a COSMETOLOGIST and has at least 20 years of consecutive years of experience as a cosmetologist can apply for an exemption from the continuing education requirement. 20 Years Work Experience Exemption Form

Individuals age 60 or older with 10 years of continuous work experience can apply for exemption from CE with the exception of teacher licenses.
60 Years of Age and 10 Years Work Experience Exemption Form.