The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing administers the licensing program for Wisconsin cosmetologists. An aspiring cosmetology professional needs to get training by either selecting a cosmetology school or finding a licensed salon and professional to participate in an apprenticeship. After completing the state training or schooling requirements, applicants must then pass a Wisconsin cosmetology exam to get a license.
Access the list of licensed cosmetology schools in Wisconsin. You can find the list in the Resources below.
Contact schools individually get details on admission requirements, tuition, etc. Choose a school. Alternatively, you can ask around for references or information on local apprenticeship programs.
Complete either 1800 hours in a licensed shool or 4000 hours of an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship will give you more practical experience but is less structured in terms of classroom instruction. The method you choose really depends on your own strengths and weaknesses and your personal situation. For example, if you are strong at self-study but have a problem working with your hands, you may wish to try for an apprenticeship to get the extra practice.
To get a reciprocal license for cosmetologists in Wisconsin, you will need to be currently licensed in a state that has roughly the same license requirements as Wisconsin. In addition, you also need to have 4000 hours or work experience. Fill out a reciprocity application (see Resources). As of 2010, the fee is $82.
Prometric is the exam administrator. Ideally, what you should be doing is finding out how to prepare for the exam while you are still receiving your cosmetology school or apprentice training. To do this, you should access the “Candidate Information Bulletin” from Prometric to get tips on how to prepare for the exam.
When you are ready for the test, you can find both a Wisconsin cosmetology license and exam application form in the bulletin. Fill out and send in both of those forms to Prometric. If you are approved, then you will receive instructions on how to register for the exam. As of 2010, the cost is $224 to take the exam.
Take and pass the exam. You can then receive your Wisconsin cosmetologist license.
You need to submit an apprentice application if you are going to take that training route. As of 2010, the fee is $10.
Wisconsin Cosmetology Schools
Wisconsin Cosmetology Reciprocity Application Form
Wisconsin Cosmetology Exam Candidate Information Bulletin
Wisconsin Apprentice Application