Cosmetology Instructor

​Cosmetology Instructor Certificate

2017 Wisconsin Act 82 generally retains the state’s instructor certificates for cosmetology, barbering, aesthetics, electrology, and manicuring under current law, except that the act provides that applicants pay only a one-time certificate fee and that DSPS is prohibited from requiring renewal of the certificate.

In addition, Act 82 prohibits a person from using a title that states, implies, or represents that they are a Wisconsin certified instructor, unless they are certified as an instructor in Wisconsin. The act also allows licensed cosmetologists, barbers, aestheticians, electrologists, or manicurists to provide practical instruction in that given field, in addition to the persons who are certified as an instructor.

For questions relating to your Cosmetology Instructor license please contact the Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608)266-2112 or email

Pre-Credential Education Information

Completes 2,000 hours of practice as a licensed cosmetologist.

Completes 150 training hours of instructor training approved by the Department (Wis. Stat. § 440.63(3)(b)2).

Application Information

You must schedule an appointment for examination with the Department's contracted vendor, DL Roope Administration Inc.

1682Employment Verification
2168​Verification of Self-Employment
​3217​Application for Fee Reduction (Optional - If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)
2253​Barbering and Cosmetology Convictions Form (if applicable)
​Application for Predetermination  (Optional-Submit ONLY if you have a conviction record and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)​​​