Texas Licensed Cosmetology Schools

Any person who maintains an establishment, in which any practice of Cosmetology is taught, must hold a beauty culture school license. A person may not operate a school until TDLR determines, by inspection, that the school is in compliance with Chapter 1602.

To obtain a license, an application for a beauty culture school must be filed with TDLR. In addition, the applicant must meet all requirements for a beauty culture school.

For a change of location, email the Education and Examination Division at education@tdlr.texas.gov.

As a result of the Education Summit held by the Advisory Board on December 15, 2014 we have provided the following FAQ’s to assist credit hour schools:

1. Is a credit hour school required to post student hours even if they do not complete the entire module or course?

Yes, credit hour schools are required to post any and all hours for the time a student is present during modules or courses even if they do not complete an entire module or course.

2. When is a credit hour school required to post hours?

All hours are to be reported at the end of a course or module. If a student drops or withdraws from the course, hours for the time a student was present during a module or course should be reported when the student drops or withdraws.

3. If a student is absent and they miss part of the module do we still report the student’s hours?

Yes, you should report only those hours for the time the student was present during the module. Make-up hours should be completed at a scheduled time and reported upon completion.

4. If a student is absent, when should the student make up the hours missed?

The school needs to have a make-up hour policy in place which is submitted for approval with the curriculum. The make-up hours should be completed at a scheduled time and reported upon completion. For example: make-up hours could be done after school hours or on weekends.

5. Can a student in a credit hour school complete the 1,500 hour operator curriculum in less than 9 months?

No, please refer to Occupations Code Chapter 1602.451 (a) The holder of a private beauty culture school license shall: (5) require a school term of not less than nine months and not less than 1,500 hours instruction for a complete course in cosmetology.

6. Can a credit hour school use a time clock to track student hours?

Yes, a credit hour school can use a time clock to track student hours and be used for attendance records.

7. If I am a credit hour school and wish to go back to being a clock hour school, what do I need to do?

You will need to submit the school curriculum approval application along with the curriculum you need to be approved and all supporting documents listed on the application.

8. If I am a clock hour school and wish to convert to a credit hour school, where do I find the application and is a fee required?

No fee is required. Download the school conversion to credit hour program application

9. Is pre-approval required before a school converts to the credit hour program?

Yes, pre-approval is required before converting from clock hour program to a credit hour program.

10. If we are required to post hours at the end of a course or module, how is this done when SHEARS only allows posting of hours once a month?

We are working to modify the SHEARS program to allow the reporting of hours after a course or module is completed. SHEARS will be updated later this summer.

Credit Hour Program Approval Application

Schools wishing to change from clock hours to credit hours must complete the Texas Cosmetology School Credit Hour Program Application (200KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation. Approval must be granted prior to making the change.

Clock Hour Curriculum Approval

To offer a new curriculum, please complete the Texas Cosmetology School Clock Hour Curriculum Approval Application (279KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation.

NOTE: Schools may not enroll students prior to final approval.

You may look up Cosmetology schools on our licensing database.

Requirements for a Texas Private Beauty Culture School license

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00. This fee includes the $200 inspection fee.
  • Private Cosmetology School Permit Ownership Information Page
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building of permanent construction including two separate areas, one area for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work, must also include access to permanent restrooms and adequate drinking fountain facilities.
    • Counties with populations of 100, 000 or less, the building must have a minimum of 1,800 square feet of floor space.
    • Counties with populations of more than 100,000, the building must have a minimum of 2,800 square feet of floor space.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.
  • Proof of ownership of building or proof of lease for the first 12 months of operation.
  • A current financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant. If the financial statement is more than 180 days old, an applicant must also provide a supplement financial statement dated to within 180 days of the application. (Not applicable for public or public post-secondary schools)

Must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.

Requirements for a Public or Public Post-Secondary Beauty Culture School

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00. This fee includes the $200 inspection fee.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building is of permanent construction and not less than 2,200 square feet, and includes office, dispensary, locker room, classroom and laboratory space.
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.

Applicant must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.