As a result of the COVID-19 interruptions of study, the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (ABOCB) will temporarily accept course work for distance learning programs beginning March 16, 2020, through December 31, 2020, for clock hour courses for Theory and Practical Instruction that lead to licensure with ABOCB.

In accordance with NACCAS/USDE guidelines to temporarily permit institutions which have suspended on-site training, students may obtain online education for up to 50% of the total course work. Temporary distance education will be permitted for all enrolled students (including students enrolled June 1, 2020, and after) if federal, state, or local regulations prohibit the school from operating with all students on campus in accordance with the regular schedule. After school restrictions are lifted, distance education may only be used for individual students who are either (1) under quarantine due to COVID-19 or (2) caring for someone else under quarantine due to COVID-19.

If federal, state, or local regulations are lifted prior to December 31, 2020, and schools may resume operating with all students on campus in accordance with the regular schedule, distance education may only be used for students meeting criteria (1) or (2) in the above paragraph.

Institutions may elect to either convert their current program into a hybrid distance education program or to add the hybrid distance education program as an additional program so that prospective students may elect whether to enroll in either (1) the traditional on-site version of the program or (2) the version that includes distance education. This would further permit previously enrolled students to transfer from the tradition program to the hybrid program until restrictions are lifted.

Each school should determine the number of theory and/or practical hours based on the course of study in accordance with the school’s established curriculum.  Time sheets must be maintained to include distance learning hours and are subject to inspection by the Board.

Distance learning programs for the purposes of this exception must include communication from the institution/instructors with the students through one of several types of technology, including, but not limited to, email, chat features, or telephone calls, individually or collectively, and should require students to periodically submit work which will be evaluated by the instructors.


UPDATE as of March 20:

Effective at the close of business on March 19, 2020, all written and practical exam testing sites will be closed until April 30, 2020. PSI is allowing candidates to reschedule exams at no additional charge.  Please contact PSI at 1-833-333-4751 or 1-800-733-9267 to reschedule your exam.  Please see the message from PSI at: