Colorado Cosmetology License Requirements

Below are the requirements on how to get a Colorado cosmetology license, renew your license or if you need to transfer your cosmetology license in Colorado to a different state. If you have questions or issues about these requirements for cosmetology, you can contact the Colorado state board of cosmetology.

Apply For Colorado Cosmetology License

Must be at least 16 years of age.

Colorado Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
Cosmetologist License 60 Credit Hours (1800 Clock Hours)
Barber License 50 Credit Hours (1500 Clock Hours)
Hairstylist License 40 Credit Hours (1200 Clock Hours)
Cosmetician/Esthetician License 20 Credit Hours (600 Clock Hours)
Nail Technician License 20 Credit Hours (600 Clock Hours)
Cosmetology Instructor License Cosmetology License + 2 Years Experience. Application Process Depends On The School Where You Want To Teach
Permanent Makeup Certification Must Be Licensed Cosmetologist Or Esthetician. Advanced Training Certificate For Permanent Makeup (132 Clock Hours)
Chemical Peel & Microdermabrasion Certification Must Be Licensed Cosmetologist Or Esthetician. Advanced Training Certificate For Microdermabrasion (14 Hours) And Chemical Peels (24 Hours)
Massage Therapist License 500 Hours

Colorado Cosmetology License Renewal

For people with a barber, esthetician, hairstylist and manicurist license these expire on March 31 of an even numbered year and cost to renew is $26 or $41 to reinstate. Half of the cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 of odd numbered years and the other half expire on April 30 of even numbered years. The cost to renew these licenses is $32 or $47 to reinstate. At this time there is no continuing education hours required to renew your Colorado cosmetology license in but it is highly recommended to stay current in this industry.

Colorado Cosmetology License Reciprocity

Colorado does licensure by endorsement. Those applying need to provide an application for licensure by endorsement, a valid cosmetology license from their home state with similar or equivalent licensing requirements and the required licensing fees. Military spouses may work in Colorado for up to 1 year with a license from another state if they have applied for a Colorado cosmetology license.