How to Become a Cosmetologist in Pennsylvania

Becoming a cosmetologist in Pennsylvania may seem like a complicated process. With varying hour requirements, apprenticeship options, and minimum time requirements it can be complicated to decipher. It is, however, much easier than you think!

We would love to help you make sense of the requirements as you begin your own education in cosmetology. Give our admissions department a call and let us get you on your way!

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  • Way to Gain the Necessary Hours

    Unlike many other states, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania accepts offers two ways to gain your licensure. Because the apprenticeship path is limited by permits and difficult requirements we’re going to be talking about how you can gain your license starting with beauty school.

    • Through an Approved School– A school approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to deliver an education in beauty is one of the most common ways to gain the necessary hours towards licensure. Find a school, such as The Salon Professional Academy Altoona, that has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology to gain an education.
      The required state hours for attending a licensed school is 1250. Make sure the facility that you choose to receive your education can deliver these hours.Choosing an approved school could help assure that you have relevant skills, technical ability, and business knowledge to sit for the state board exam. Schools that have been approved through Pennsylvania are required to meet certain education standards in order to stay in business, we are proud to reach and exceed these requirements for our students.
  • Meet The Time Requirement

    In addition to the formal training hours, Pennsylvania has a few added requirements that students must meet.

    • Eight Months or More– If you are expecting to gain your cosmetology license in record time it is worth it to note that any education put toward a license in cosmetology cannot be completed in less than eight consecutive months if you are enrolled full-time, and fifteen consecutive months if you are enrolled part-time. So, take your time and soak it in, it’s important you get all of this down. Cosmetology School Time Requirement
  • Age and Grade Minimums

    Many states have grade and/or age requirements before students can enroll in Cosmetology school. In Pennsylvania, the minimum enrollment qualification is that a student must have completed tenth grade, or an equivalent before enrolling in beauty school. Once you meet that, you are good to go.

  • Sitting for the State Board

    Let’s not forget the most important part of becoming a cosmetologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sitting for the state boards. While this can seem like a daunting task, the required test is the only way to gain the certification needed to pursue a career in beauty.

    • Pay The Fee– In Pennsylvania, the state exam is administered by a third party. While monitored by the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology, the exam can be taken at most testing centers in the state for a fee. Schedule your exam as you near graduation to ensure there is a limited gap and that you meet the time requirements.
    • The Test– A practical exam is no  longer required in Pennsylvania. For this exam you will only be tested in written form on theory and standard rules and practices.

While all of this can seem like a complicated process, it is much simpler than you might think. If you are ready to pursue a future in the beautiful world of cosmetology, getting the right team behind you can make a difference between finding success, or finding yourself lost in the hub-bub.

At The Salon Professional Academy Altoona, we have a team that is ready to stand behind you and help you make sense of it all, guiding you from your fist snip, to your first official masterpiece.
Contact us today to get started, and join your new family in your personal beautiful adventure.