Cosmetology Manager - Continuing Education
Continuing education (CE) requirements are listed on this page according to the renewal year. Cosmetology managers must renew their license by March 31 of every odd year to keep their license current. If continuing education (CE) is required for renewal, it must be completed during the 2-year period, referred to as a “biennium”, before the renewal deadline. The biennium for cosmetology manager licenses is from 4/1/every odd year to 3/31/every odd year. CE must be taken from a provider on the list of approved Cosmetology CE providers/courses or may be obtained by taking and passing the CE test-out examination (information about the CE test-out exam is posted at the bottom of this page).
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March 2015 Renewal
Starting with the March 2015 renewal, license holders must complete 4 hours of approved continuing education (1 hour in laws governing license holders and establishments, and 3 hours in safety, sanitation and infection control) in order to renew their active license, or license holders may obtain CE by taking the CE test-out examination (information about the CE test-out exam is posted at the bottom of this page). For the 3/31/2015 renewal, the continuing education or CE test-out examination must be completed during the time period from 4/1/2013 to 3/31/2015.
NOTE: If you are issued your license for the first time on or after 4/1/2013, you are not required to complete any continuing education for the 3/31/2015 renewal.
Click on the following link to access the rule adopted by the Cosmetology Examining Board about CE requirements: Wis. Administrative Code Ch. COS 11
List of Approved Cosmetology CE Providers/Courses
List of Other Approved Course Providers
If your license is EXPIRED and has been for more than 5 years,click here for more information on how to reinstate your license.
March 2017 Renewal
For the March 2017 license renewal, license holders must complete 4 hours of approved continuing education in order to renew their active license (1 hour in laws and 3 hours in safety, sanitation an infection control), or license holders may obtain CE by taking and passing the CE test-out examination (information about the CE test-out exam is posted at the bottom of this page). The CE or CE test-out examination must be completed during the time period from 4/1/2015 to 3/31/2017.
NOTE: If you were issued your license for the first time on or after 4/1/2015, you are not required to complete any continuing education for the 3/31/2017 license renewal.
Course Approval Information for the 2015-2017 Biennium
Wis. Administrative Code Ch.COS 11 outlines the CE requirements and standards for approval of the required courses.
According to, Wis. Administrative Code Ch. COS 11.04 (2), CE programs that meet the requirements outlined in BC 11 and are offered by the following providers do not require pre-approval from the Board:
(a) Universities, technical colleges and schools licensed by the appropriate authority for the state in which the program is offered.
(b) The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
(c) State or national professional organizations recognized by the Board. (NOTE: these organizations may offer the 3-hour safety, sanitation and infection control course with no prior approval from the Board; however, they must submit an application for approval of the 1-hour law course per BC 11.04 (4).
Please click on the following links for information on the CE course approval process:
Continuing Education Course Approval Application (Form #2893)
Information and Standards for Continuing Education Course Approval (Form #2894)
March 2013 Renewal
There were no continuing education requirements for the 2013 license renewal; no classes were required between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013 to renew a license in the 2013 renewal.
Continuing Education (CE) Test-Out Examination
License holders who have not completed the continuing education requirements may take and pass the continuing education (CE) test-out examination in order to renew their barber, cosmetologist, manicurist, aesthetician, electrologist or manager license.
If a license holder has more than one of the above named licenses, the license holder is only required to pass the CE test-out exam once and it will satisfy requirements for all licenses held by the individual.
License holders who wish to complete the CE test-out exam shall submit the Application for Barbering and Cosmetology Continuing Education Test-Out Examination (form #2946) along with the examination fee of $75.00 (check or money order made payable to the Department of Safety and Professional Services). To access the application form, click on the following link: CE Test-out Exam Application (form #2946)