Cosmetology Instructor License Requirements

Cosmetology Instructor License Requirements  

In order for a person to obtain an Instructor license, you must first attend a school of cosmetology that offers an instructor program for the area in which you wish to become licensed. You may find a list of these schools under Forms and Publications. 

Upon graduation from the 500 hours (for cosmetology instructor programs only) or 300 hours (all other areas of cosmetology) instructor program, the school you are attending will provide you with an examination registration form signed by a school official. Please complete this form and mail it or fax it with your payment information to our examination vendor, PSI Services, LLC (PSI). PSI's mailing address and fax number are provided on the last page of the examination registration form. 

APPLYING FOR A LICENSE 

When you have passed the examination required for the desired license, you must submit an Instructor License Application, and the appropriate fee, to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. You are responsible for submitting the licensure application form to the Department as described in this section. 

LICENSURE ELIGIBILITY 

To be eligible for licensure, you must submit an Instructor License Application, along with the required fee, to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and meet the following requirements for a cosmetology, electrology, and limited specialist instructor’s license:

  1. Be of good moral character.
  2. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

If you are applying for a cosmetology instructor license, you must have the following in addition to requirements 1 and 2 above:

  • Be licensed as a cosmetologist under Article 12.
  • Have at least 3 years of practical experience in natural hair cultivation, hair care services, skin care services, and manicuring services, at least 1 year of which shall be in a cosmetology establishment.
  • Completed not less than 500 hours of instructor training.
  • Have passed an examination approved by the Department and the Board.

If you are applying for an electrology instructor license, you must have the following in addition to requirements 1 and 2 above:

  • Be licensed as an electrologist under Article 12.
  • Have at least 3 years of practical experience in electrology, at least 1 year of which shall be in a cosmetology establishment holding a limited license for the practice of electrology.
  • Completed not less than 300 hours of instructor training.
  • Have passed an examination approved by the Department and Board.

If you are applying for limited specialist instructor license, you must have the following in addition to requirements 1and 2 above:

  • Be licensed as a manicurist, natural hair culturist, or esthetician under Article 12
  • Completed not less than 300 hours of instructor training.
  • Have passed an examination approved by the Department and Board.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE APPLICATION 

You may find the application under Forms and Publications or contact the Department at 517-241-9288 to request an application be mailed to you.

The Instructor License Application and appropriate application fee, payable to the State of Michigan, must be submitted to the address indicated at the top of the application.