Every state has different requirements for obtaining a cosmetology license, which usually include completing coursework at a cosmetology school and receiving a passing score on a written test. Because each state is different, a person interested in becoming a licensed cosmetologist must research her state's specifications.
Some states require a person to have logged several hours as an apprentice before completing the licensing exam. Others require the person to cut and style hair or apply makeup or nails in front of a licensing board. An aspiring cosmetologist can find these requirements either through the school where she completed or intends to complete her coursework, or by calling or emailing her state's licensing board.
There are courses in beauty school that explain what the written test entails. Information that usually appears on the test includes sanitization standards and negligence laws. Many cosmetology schools offer an online course that provides practice exams and a comprehensive overview of all the pertinent information the student has obtained throughout her coursework. There is a fee to take the exam and one must sign up early to take the exam so she can take it at her desired location and on her desired date. Exams can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours, and the licensing board usually delivers the results within a few weeks.