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The mission of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of those that obtain cosmetology related services through the delivery of quality testing, licensing, inspection, and education services that focus on consumer protection.
Board Structure & Services
In 1931, during the 27th session of the Nevada State Legislature, the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology was established to protect consumers of beauty services.
Today, the Board of Cosmetology continues to deliver consumer protection services as a Board within the Nevada State Government’s Executive Branch. The Board is overseen by seven (7) board members that are appointed by the Governor.
Board staff manages the operations that deliver testing, licensing, inspection, and education services to consumers and other beauty service industry stakeholders.
There are many stakeholders in the beauty service industry. The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology primarily delivers its testing, licensing, inspection, and education services to consumers of beauty services, licensed industry participants, and prospective industry participants.
We deliver our testing, licensing, inspection, and education services to 30,000+ participants and consumers annually and our information is accessed online by 100,000+ individuals.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology delivers three (3) tests as part of its testing services to prospective market-participants: a theory test, a state law test, and a practical demonstration test. Each test is designed to evaluate an applicant’s knowledge of minimal competency standards, safe delivery of 'hands-on' services, infection prevention, and beauty service industry regulations.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology offers the theory and state law test in five languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.
The theory test measures the competency within each profession’s scope of practice along with topics related to safety and infection prevention, consultation and professional conduct, and basic anatomy and physiology.
The practical demonstration tests for Nevada students are administered by schools while the Board administers tests to unlicensed applicants with out of state or out of country training.
The beauty service industry in Nevada generates more than $500 million dollars in sales annually. The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology offers licensing services for four (4) main license types and seven (7) specialty license types for beauty service professionals.
Licensed salon establishments are areas where licensed beauty service professionals can perform a variety of beauty services on the public. Licensed beauty service professionals can obtain a limited license in order to perform a limited number of services on the public outside of a salon establishment.
The entry point into the beauty service industry begins with training as a student enrolled at a licensed beauty school taught by licensed instructors or through an apprenticeship program. Registrations are available for some specialty (niche) scopes of practice which require little to no formal training.
Since 1931, the licensing structure for beauty service professions in Nevada adapted for economic growth and industry innovation.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology delivers nineteen (19) different licensing services to more than 30,000 licensed and prospective market-participants and to more than 2,000 businesses.
A license is an individual’s or business’ privilege to deliver or offer beauty services to consumers and is intended to demonstrate a level of consumer confidence that the service(s) will be delivered competently and safely.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology strives to efficiently deliver services to all stakeholders. We understand that delays in our processing times can adversely impact our licensed professionals. We strive to complete processing requests within 1-7 business days.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology delivers inspection services through safety and sanitation compliance inspections that promote consumer protection.
Individuals or businesses that are not in compliance with the Nevada Revised Statutes 644A or Nevada Administrative Code 644 may receive a citation.
Citations are issued to promote compliance with licensing and sanitation regulations. Consumer complaints are investigated and findings are reported through citations and/or through administrative disciplinary action.
Complaints concerning the quality of a haircut, design, style, or any other artistic critiques are not investigated.
Licensed beauty service professionals use a variety of tools and implements. Some of the tools and implements may be disinfected and reused, other items may only be used once and then must be thrown away.
Reusing single-use items on consumers can spread disease and can cause infections.
Infection Prevention Best Practice
Licensed beauty service professionals are required to apply infection prevention best practices on all tools and implements. Non-porous (metal) tools and/or implements can be disinfected or sterilized, while porous (nail buffers) tools and/or implements are single-use and can only be used once (on a single customer) and then must be thrown away.
The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology receives 500+ consumer complaints annually. Complaints related to salon cleanliness, consumer safety, infection prevention standards, unlicensed practice, and other health and safety matters are reviewed. Complaints with probable cause may result in monetary citations and/or a disciplinary hearing before the Board.
The professional beauty service industry experiences rapid growth and product innovation. Keeping government rules and regulations current with a fast-changing industry can be challenging.
It is important to provide stakeholders with the ability to propose modifications to regulations. Stakeholders interested in suggesting rule or regulation modifications or additions may file a Petition to Appear Before the Board for consideration at a quarterly Board Meeting.
All rule and regulation changes must be approved by the Nevada State Legislature before they go into effect.