Hairdresser Licensure by Examination

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licesing policies.

An applicant for Connecticut hairdresser licensure must meet the following requirements:

Have successfully completed at least the 9th grade or its equivalent;

Equivalency may be demonstrated by successful completion of General Educational Development Test or one of the following Ability to Benefit Examinations:

  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)-Forms 5 and 6, Level A

  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)-Forms 7 and 8, Level A

  • Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WSBT) - Verbal Forms VS-1 & 2, Quantitative Forms Qs-1 &QS-2;

Successful completion of a course of not less than 1,500 hours of study in a school approved by the Connecticut State Board for Barbers and Hairdressers or in a school teaching hairdressing, cosmetology or barbering under the supervision of the Connecticut State Board of Education.  Education completed outside of Connecticut is acceptable provided the school was approved by the appropriate regulatory body of the state in which the school was located;


Documentation Requirements:


Applicants must indicate on their application the highest educational grade level completed;

Affidavit of Hours Form submitted directly to this office from your hairdresser/cosmetology school;


Successful completion of the Prometric Licensing Examination  Scores must be submitted directly to this Department.  Please visit Prometric to obtain a Candidate Information Bulletin which provides information relative to registering for the examination; 


If applicable,  a license verification from all states in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed, current or expired forwarded to this office from the appropriate authority in any U.S. State or territory in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed as a hairdresser/cosmetician.  Most jurisdictions charge a fee for verification.  Be sure to contact the jurisdiction for fee information.


A completed application with photograph and fee of $100.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.


All supporting documentation should be sent from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Hairdresser Licensing

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134
Phone:  (860) 509-7603
Fax:  (860) 707-1930