South Dakota Cosmetology and Beauty Schools

Choosing a cosmetology school and beauty program is your first step to joining the growing beauty industry in South Dakota.  In order to sit for your state exam and be eligible for licensure, The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission requires that you complete the following required classroom hours for each of the cosmetology specialty:

  • Cosmetologist: 2100 training hours
  • Cosmetology Instructor: Current license + 1,000 hours of work experience + 1,1012 training hours
  • Nail Technician:  400 training hours
  • Esthetician:  600 training hours
  • Massage Therapist: 500 training hours

The required parts of the exam include the National-Interstate Council theory, the National-Interstate Council hands-on practical, and the South Dakota laws/rules test for cosmetology, esthetics and nail technicians. In order to be licensed to perform Microdermabrasion or Electric Nail Filing, you must also complete a one-time continuing education requirement.

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