How to Become an Instructor with the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

Instructors must first work as hair stylists or in a similar field.
Instructors must first work as hair stylists or in a similar field. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Obtaining a cosmetology instructor's license expands your career opportunities. Before you can become an instructor, you must already hold a license in one of the areas the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology certifies. These areas include manicurist, natural hair stylist and hair design. You must also prove you have a high school education and a certain amount of relevant work experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Application
  • Cosmetology license
  • Photograph
  • Copy of GED certificate
  • Copy of diploma
  • Fee

Navigate to the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology's website. Click on “Forms & Applications” on the left-hand menu.

Scroll down until you find the link labeled “Instructors Application Based on Work Experience,” under the heading “Personal Licensing.” Click on this link to download the instructor license application.

Read the list of mandatory qualifications on the first page of the application. Fulfill each of these eligibility requirements before applying for your license. These requirements depend on the exact type of license you wish to obtain. For example, a manicurist instructor's license requires that you hold an active Ohio managing manicurist's license and have acquired at least one full year of experience, or taken a 300-hour course.

Click the circle next to the type of license you wish to obtain at the bottom of page one. Fill out only the top section of the second page, including your full name, contact information, cosmetology identification number, Social Security number and cosmetology school information.

Sign the affidavit underneath the personal information section in the presence of a notary. Have the notary place a seal in the appropriate space.

Write your full name and cosmetology ID number on the back of a passport-style photograph. Attach the photo to the application in the space provided on page two.

Bring the application to your employer to verify your qualifying work experience. The employer must sign the document in the presence of a notary. If you worked under multiple employers to fulfill your work experience requirement, have all of them notarize their signatures.

Attach a copy of your GED certificate, high school or college diploma to the application to prove you have fulfilled the education requirement. Enclose the license fee, which was $45 at the time of publication.

Mail the application package to the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology. It is located at 1929 Gateway Circle, Grove City, Ohio, 43123.

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