Continuing Education Providers for Cosmetologists

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Licensee Renewal Requirements

Those licensees with licenses expiring after September 1, 2012 will be required to complete four hours of TDLR approved continuing education in the following manner: one hour of sanitation, three hours of cosmetology related topics.  Instructor licensees must complete one hour of sanitation, and three hours in methods of teaching or two hours in sanitation and two hours in methods of teaching (this option expires September 1, 2014).

A licensee who is at least 65 years old and has held a cosmetology license for at least 15 years is required to complete one hour of continuing education in sanitation. Courses must be TDLR-approved courses.

Each year the provider must renew their registration in order to offer continuing education courses.  Course approvals are valid for one (1) year, assuming the provider’s approval remains current throughout that time.

New continuing education courses must be approved by the Department before being offered.  The provider will need to submit a course approval application prior to scheduling of any courses/seminars, a timed topic outline, the course material, and the required course approval fee.

Reporting Continuing Education Hours

Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours at the Continuing Education Courses Look Up. If the hours have not been reported, the licensee should contact the provider first to ensure that the hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.


Human Trafficking Component

All cosmetology continuing education courses must include a portion of time for the required human trafficking information, which at a minimum should include:

  • activities commonly associated with human trafficking
  • recognition of potential victims of human trafficking, and
  • methods for assisting victims of human trafficking, including how to report human trafficking.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of fear of the traffickers, fear of law enforcement, and/or language barriers.

More information on how to combat human trafficking:


Cosmetology Continuing Education Forms

Continuing Education Provider Application (PDF)

Cosmetology Continuing Education Course Application (PDF)

Sample Timed Topic Outline (PDF)

These forms are available for download in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. Acrobat Reader is necessary to view .pdf files. If you need to obtain a copy of this program it is available as a free download for Windows or Macintosh operating systems.


Contact Information

Request for Information - ce@tdlr.texas.gov

Voice: (512) 463-6599 or toll free at (800) 803-9202

Fax: (512) 463-1512


Privacy Policy

Please note the following policy regarding the filing of forms which collect a person's individual information:

"An individual who completes and files this form with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (the Department) is entitled to the following from the Department:

(1) to be informed about the information that the Department collects about the individual, upon the request of the individual and subject to a few exceptions;

(2) to receive and review the information, under Sections 552.021 and 552.023 of the Texas Government Code; and

(3) to have the Department correct information about the individual that is incorrect, under Section 559.004 of the Texas Government Code."