Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber
This page contains specific information about testing for a Pennsylvania Cosmetology and Barber license. Register for your next exam, find test information, or download handbooks/applications/forms from this page.
Effective April 1, 2013
All candidates scheduled for a practical exam will be required to dress appropriately (business casual attire is recommended) and to wear a salon smock or apron during the examination. If the smock or apron has a school name on it, candidates are asked to be sure the school name covered prior to coming to the test site and remain covered during the examination. If a candidate does not bring a smock or apron with them on the day of testing, they will not be allowed to test and will be required to reschedule their practical examination for a later date.
Examination Scheduling Information
Please VERIFY that your name and personal information are CORRECT. Contact Pearson VUE immediately to correct the spelling of your name or update your personal information if you notice any errors. It is very important that this information is correct, as it will appear as it was entered on the documentation provided to you after you have completed the exam, as well as on any reports to your licensing agency.
Appointments may be made up to one calendar day prior to the day you wish to test, subject to availability. Pearson VUE offers the following scheduling options:
- Pennsylvania Cosmetology Candidate Handbook (827 KB pdf)
- Pennsylvania Barber Candidate Handbook (532 KB pdf)
- New Examination Fee Collection Process FAQ (1.2 MB pdf)
- Frequently asked Licensing Questions (82 KB pdf)
- Frequently asked Practical Skills Questions (41 KB pdf)
- Barber Exam Photo Supplement (2.1 MB pdf)
- Practical Examination Equipment/Supplies List (66 KB pdf)
- Practical Skills and Theory Examination Content Outlines (242 KB pdf)
- Teacher Practical Examination Candidate Information (328 KB pdf)
- Practical Exam Test Center Addresses (49 KB pdf)
- Barber Test Dates and Locations (24 KB pdf)
Licensure by Examination Application
- Cosmetology Application for Professional Licensure by examination (401 KB pdf)
- Barber Application for Professional Licensure by examination (483 KB pdf)
- Cosmetology Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination (373 KB pdf)
- Barber Reinstatement Application for Professional Licensure by examination (377 KB pdf)