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Massachusetts Cosmetology and Barbering

Massachusetts Cosmetology and Barbering

Please Note:

As of end of day May 31, 2022 Pearson VUE will no longer be administering the Massachusetts Cosmetology & Barbering exams (Cosmetologist, Aesthetician, Manicurist, Barber or Instructor exams) for the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology & Barbering.

Candidates seeking a license in Massachusetts (who are unable to pass their exams prior to May 31, 2022) should reach out to the Board of Cosmetology & Barbering via the Board’s web site: https://www.​mass.​gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-cosmetology-and-barbering, or by contacting the Board via email at Cosmetologyandbarberingboard@​mass.​gov or by phone at 617-701-8792.

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering regulates cosmetology, barbering, and electrology in Massachusetts. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals, businesses, and schools to ensure public health and safety by maintaining high standards for these industries.

Kindly visit the Board's web site to read more about recent changes.

  • Important information for LAPSED LICENSE CANDIDATES (Cosmetologists, Aestheticians or Manicurists) who are only required to take the practical exam. You must submit documentation to Pearson VUE for a Client EXAM WAIVER for the written section. YOU MUST complete this step before making your examination reservation.
  • Barber Lapsed License candidates may schedule for the Lapsed Barber Exam AFTER they receive approval from the Board. Barbers exams are only available on Saturdays, Mondays or Tuesdays. Barber candidates should not schedule for any other days.

Examination Scheduling Information

Please VERIFY that you have registered your LEGAL name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that your personal information is CORRECT. Contact Pearson VUE immediately to correct the spelling of your name or update your personal information if you notice any errors. It is very important that this information is correct, as it will appear as it was entered on the documentation provided to you after you have completed the exam, your license, as well as on any reports to your licensing agency.

Appointments are subject to availability. Appointments must be made up to 3 business days in advance of when you wish to test.


Candidates are required to bring a completed CORI acknowledgement form (signed and notarized) to the testing site along with the required ID's and completed application form. Your examination confirmation notice will contain a current list of What to Bring. Be sure to review the WHAT TO BRINGS to prepare for check in, prior to arriving at the testing site.

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Last updated 2022-04-19