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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 83COSMETOLOGISTS
RULE §83.20License Requirements--Individuals

(a) To be eligible for an operator license an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the fee required under §83.80;

  (3) be at least 17 years of age;

  (4) have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person's ability to benefit from training;

  (5) have completed the following hours of cosmetology instruction at a licensed beauty culture school either:

    (A) 1,000 hours of instruction in a beauty culture school; or

    (B) 1,000 hours of instruction in beauty culture courses and 500 hours of related high school courses prescribed by the department in a vocational or career and technical cosmetology program in a public school; or

    (C) 300 hours of instruction in cosmetology through a commission-approved training program in a beauty culture school and hold an active Class A barber certificate; and

  (6) pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

(b) To be eligible for an esthetician, manicurist, or esthetician/manicurist specialty license an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the required fee under §83.80;

  (3) be at least 17 years of age;

  (4) have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person's ability to benefit from training;

  (5) have completed the following hours of cosmetology instruction at a licensed beauty culture school:

    (A) for an esthetician specialty license, 750 hours of instruction;

    (B) for a manicurist specialty license, 600 hours of instruction;

    (C) for an esthetician/manicurist specialty license; either:

      (i) 1,200 hours of esthetician/manicure specialty instruction; or

      (ii) 750 hours of esthetician instruction; and

      (iii) 600 hours of manicure instruction; and

  (6) pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

(c) A person who holds both an active esthetician license and an active manicurist license is eligible for an esthetician/manicurist specialty license by submitting a completed application on a department-approved form and paying the required fee under §83.80.

(d) To be eligible for an eyelash extension specialty license an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the fee required under §83.80;

  (3) be at least 17 years of age;

  (4) have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person's ability to benefit from training; and

    (A) have satisfactorily completed 320 hours of instruction in a department-approved eyelash extension application training program; and

    (B) pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

(e) To be eligible for a hair weaving specialty certificate or wig specialty certificate an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the fee required under §83.80;

  (3) be at least 17 years of age;

  (4) have completed the following hours of cosmetology instruction at a beauty culture school:

    (A) for a hair weaving specialty certificate, 300 hours of instruction completed in not less than eight weeks from date of enrollment;

    (B) for a wig specialty certificate, 300 hours of instruction completed in not less than eight weeks from date of enrollment; and

  (5) pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

(f) To be eligible for an instructor or specialty instructor license an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the fee required under §83.80;

  (3) be at least 18 years of age;

  (4) have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate;

  (5) either hold an active operator license under this chapter for an instructor license or hold an active esthetician, manicure, esthetician/manicure or eyelash extension license for an instructor specialty license; and

    (A) have completed a course consisting of 750 hours of instruction in methods of teaching in a licensed private beauty culture school or a vocational training program of a publicly financed postsecondary institution; or

    (B) either have at least one year of verifiable work experience as a licensed operator for an instructor license or have at least one year of verifiable licensed experience in the specialty in which the applicant is seeking licensure for a specialty instructor license; and

      (i) have completed 500 hours of instruction in cosmetology in a commission-approved training program; or

      (ii) have completed 15 semester hours in education courses through an accredited college or university within the 10 years before the date of application; or

      (iii) have obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university; and

  (6) pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.

(g) To be eligible for a student permit an applicant must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form; and

  (2) pay the fee required under §83.80.

(h) A license application is valid for one year from the date it is filed with the department.

(i) To operate a remote service business an individual must be licensed to practice cosmetology and must:

  (1) in a manner prescribed by the department, notify the department of the intent to operate a remote service business;

  (2) provide a permanent mailing address; and

  (3) verify that the remote service business complies with the requirements of the Act and this chapter.

(j) The 86th Texas Legislature enacted changes to Chapter 1602, Occupations Code, reducing the number of hours required for a Cosmetology Operator License from 1,500 to 1,000 hours. See House Bill 2847, 86th Legislature, Regulation Session (2019), Article 14. The purpose of this transition rule is to provide guidance on how to implement the transition from 1,500 to 1,000 hours.

  (1) Beginning January 1, 2020, the department may allow students enrolled on or after January 1, 2020 in a 1,500-hour program to transfer hours towards a 1,000-hour program if the hours meet the required technical standards. A student enrolling in cosmetology school on or after January 1, 2020 may request to transfer completed hours of a 1,500-hour program towards an approved 1,000-hour program or to transfer to another school.

  (2) Upon request of a student enrolled on or after January 1, 2020, the school must apply hours earned towards a 1,000-hour program if the school has an approved 1,000-hour program or allow the student to transfer to another school. This rule expires on December 1, 2020.


Source Note: The provisions of this §83.20 adopted to be effective December 8, 2005, 30 TexReg 8082; amended to be effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1280; amended to be effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5952; amended to be effective October 11, 2007, 32 TexReg 7050; amended to be effective January 1, 2008, 32 TexReg 9970; amended to be effective February 17, 2012, 37 TexReg 681; amended to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 9520; amended to be effective January 1, 2016, 40 TexReg 8759; amended to be effective March 15, 2020, 45 TexReg 1693

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