Massachusetts Cosmetology and Barbering

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering protects the public through regulation of the practice of cosmetology, barbering, and electrology in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in the practice of each profession, and seeks to ensure the continued protection of the public health, safety, and well-being by maintaining high standards for each industry.

The Cosmetology profession includes hairdressers, manicurists and aestheticians, who provide a variety of services including haircutting, hairstyling, manicuring, and aesthetics. Barbers provide haircutting, hairstyling, facial shaving, permanent waving, hair coloring, and facial services to the general public, but primarily to men. Electrologists provide hair removal procedures through the application of an electrical current through a needle to the hair follicle. All three professions work closely with the public, and are regulated by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering.

Important Information

License fees are no longer being collected at the test center on or after January 9, 2017.

Please Read

Important information for FORFEITURE candidates who are only required to take the practical exam. You must submit documentation​, to Pearson VUE,​ for a Client EXAM WAIVER for the written section. YOU MUST complete this step before making your examination reservation.

Please note

Barbers exams are only available on Saturdays or Mondays. Barber candidates should not schedule for any other days.

Examination Scheduling Information

Please VERIFY that you have registered your LEGAL name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that your personal information is 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, your license, as well as on any reports to your licensing agency.

Appointments are subject to availability. Appointments must be made up to 3 business days in advance of when you wish to test.

Testing Services

Cosmetology Format Barbers Format
Candidate Handbook PDF, 827 KB Candidate Handbook 495 KB
Content Outlines PDF, 151 KB Content Outlines 184 KB
Application Form PDF, 129 KB Application Form* 297 KB
  *Master applications must be signed and approved by the Board before testing

Exam Preparation

Last updated 2017-01-11