Washington Cosmetology and Beauty Schools

As the 3rd highest paying state for cosmetologists, Washington has become a top choice for students interested in joining the beauty industry.  With cosmetology programs offered at both private and public institutions, offering a variety of different beauty specialties, there are plenty of options for you to choose a program that most excites you.  BeautySchools.com wants to make getting into the cosmetology industry as easy as possible for you, which is why we have compiled the Web’s most extensive list of programs in your area.

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Before being eligible to apply for your cosmetology license, you must meet the educational requirements established by the Washington State Department of Licensing. The minimum required state hours vary by program, so it is essential for you to make sure that your school meets the following classroom hours.

  • Cosmetologist: 1,600 hours of school training or 2,000 hours of apprenticeship training.
  • Barber: 1,000 hours of school training or 1,200 hours of apprenticeship training.
  • Esthetician: 600 hours of school training or 800 hours of apprenticeship training.
  • Manicurist: 600 hours of school training or 800 hours of apprenticeship training.

In 2014, Washington also added a license for Master Estheticians to include advanced theories, and spa body treatments.  This program will require you complete 1,200 hours from a board approved school or 1,400 hours in the apprenticeship role.

You may also choose to sit for your practical and written exams through apprenticeship training.  This requires that you complete 200 hours more than the required classroom training, 400 more for cosmetology, under supervision of a licensed professional.  You must renew your cosmetology license every two years from the date of issue. Continuing education classes are not required in the state of Washington, but are always recommended to ensure you stay updated on the latest industry trends.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed massage therapist, the Washington State Department of Health will be your licensing board and you must complete the following:

  • 500 training hours
  • 4 contact hours of training in HIV-AIDS
  • Certification in first aid from the American Red Cross

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