1. Must be at least 16 years old
  2. Has successfully completed at least 10 grades in secondary school, or the equivalent

Must complete one of the following programs:

Barber 1,000 school clock hours/2,000 apprentice clock hours
Cosmetologist 1,500 school clock hours/3,000 apprentice clock hours
Esthetician 1,000 school clock hours/2,000 apprentice clock hours
Natural Hair Stylist 210 school clock hours/420 apprentice clock hours
Manicurist 750 school clock hours/1,200 apprentice clock hours

School hours and apprentice hours MAY NOT BE COMBINED.

Admission Requirements

Exam Fees

Written Exam:      $75.00

Practical Exam:   $130.00

Registering for Exams

Once you have completed either an Apprentice, Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetic, Natural Hair Stylist or Manicure program, your Sponsor or Instructor will fill out a Written Exam Application for you. You are required to fill out part of this application and sign it. You are required to send a copy of your original transcript (and English translation if needed) as proof of completing at least the 10th grade or the equivalent.

The Board office does NOT schedule either of your exams for you. Once you have been approved by the Board, you must contact PSI at (833) 333-4751 or https://candidate.psiexams.com to schedule to take your exam.

This testing company and telephone number is only valid for exams taken no later than 09/30/21.  Information on exams to be taken on or after 10/01/21 will be forthcoming.  Please monitor ABOCB’s website https://aboc.alabama.gov under the link for ‘Exams’ for additional information.