The Barbering and Cosmetology Boards were consolidated as a result of HB2029 that was signed into law on August 6, 2021. With a focus on reducing regulations and lowering barriers to getting a job within this industry, the Board will study the current licenses and fee structures and determine what, if any, changes need to be implemented, as well as what additional reductions in instruction hours are possible. The Board will also determine minimum qualifications for job entry in order to protect the public from the incompetent practice of barbering and cosmetology and will provide swift and effective discipline for practitioners that violate the rules and statutes.
A.R.S. § 32-514 Examinations
A. The board or a national professional organization for cosmetology selected by the board shall administer written and practical examinations for a cosmetologist, aesthetician, nail technician, hairstylist or instructor license. The examinations shall test for requisite knowledge and skills in the technical application of cosmetology services. An applicant may take an examination before the applicant has completed the required hours of course instruction prescribed by this article, but the applicant must complete the required hours of course instruction before licensure.
Updated Cosmetology Examination Information
Professional Credential Services (PCS) is the professional testing organization that administers the written and practical examinations pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-514(A).
Professional Credential Services (PCS) is the professional testing organization that administers the written and practical examinations. Beginning at the end of May, PCS will begin scheduling and testing practical examinations for cosmetology, aesthetics and nail technology.
In April 2022, PCS started offering a Computer Based Test (CBT) for both the written theory and practical examinations. The use of CBT examinations will increase testing capacity for candidates. Hairstylists and instructors will continue to do practical tests until PCS/Prometric offers a CBT at a later date.
PCS is utilizing the services of Prometric Testing Centers to administer the examinations. Eight (8) Prometric Testing Centers are currently operating in Arizona. To find the location closest to you, visit pcshq.com.
The application and examination process remains unchanged.
If you have questions regarding the examinations, please visit pcshq.com or contact (888) 822-3272. For non-testing questions, please call the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board at (480)784-4539.
Barbering & Cosmetology Board
The Barbering and Cosmetology Boards were consolidated as a result of HB2029 that was signed into law on August 6, 2021. With a focus on reducing regulations and lowering barriers to getting a job