Wisconsin Barbers and Cosmetology


As of February 1, 2017, Pearson VUE will no longer be administering the Wisconsin Cosmetology Licensure Examinations. The new examination vendor will be D.L. Roope, LLC. Candidates may currently register with D.L. Roope via paper application method and will be able to register for an examination electronically starting January 1. Please see their website www.dlroope.com for more information, or call them at 1-888-375-2020.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services protect the citizens of Wisconsin by ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals. We serve the public and the professionals we regulate by fairly administering education, experience, and examination requirements, setting professional practice standards, and ensuring compliance by enforcing occupational licensing laws.

2013 Wisconsin Act 114 was signed into law on December 20, 2013 and went into effect the following day, changing the state statutes that govern most licenses regulated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). These changes remove the requirement that applicants complete education or training programs prior to taking state board examinations. Education and training programs remain a requirement of licensure, and can be completed before or after taking an examination.

Examination Scheduling Information

You must first complete a license application online and receive approval to test before you can schedule an appointment. Please do NOT call the call center until you have completed the license application process and received your username and password for scheduling an appointment.

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, as well as on any reports to your licensing agency.

If you have questions specifically related to the license application process, refunds or test center capacity issues for practical exams, please email widsps@pearson.com or call 1-800-274-8969.

Appointments are subject to availability. For Theory exams, appointments must be made up to 2 days in advance of when you wish to test. For practical exams, appointments must be made up to 5 days in advance of when you wish to test.

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Last updated 2016-11-30