Iowa Cosmetology License Requirements

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

Apply For Iowa Cosmetology License

Must have a high school diploma or GED and must show proof of graduation from cosmetology school.

Iowa Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
Cosmetologist License 2100 Hours
Barber License Coming Soon - Barbering Board Handles This
Esthetician License 600 Hours
Nail Technician License 325 Hours
Electrologist License 400 Hours
Cosmetology Instructor License Cosmetology License + 1000 Hours Instructor Training Or 2 Years Work Experience In Last 6 Years
Massage Therapist License 500 Hours

Iowa Cosmetology License Renewal

Iowa cosmetology licenses expire every two years and needs to be renewed by December 31 of even numbered years. The fee to renew your license is $60. Iowa requires 8 hours of cosmetology continuing education each period to renew.

Iowa Cosmetology License Reciprocity

You may be able to gain licensure through endorsement; Iowa does not have reciprocity arrangements with other states. Each application for transfer is reviewed by the Iowa board of cosmetology on a case by case basis. Your home state must have similar or equivalent licensing requirements to Iowa. Depending on the length of your licensure and the exam you took in your home state you may be required to take the Iowa exam or get additional training hours.