National Interstate Council for State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) is continuing to monitor the impact to states, testing administration companies and candidates during the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to provide assistance and guidance on a national basis and share vital information relating to education, testing and consumer health and safety in cosmetology and related fields.

If you are interested in checking on the status of theory and practical examinations in your state, please visit your state specific website for testing information. These websites should have links to the test administration process within your state and should be updated frequently. Listed below is the Test Administration Companies approved to administer the NIC exams.

We will update this site as often as we receive new information and encourage anyone to contact us at if you have questions or information you would like to share.

As a response to COVID-19 crisis, Milady is providing a free two-hour infection control course and certification for salon, spa, and barbershop professionals.
Licensed professionals should be directed to
to take the course and receive their certificate.

Reopen With Confidence Checklist for salon owners/licensed professionals: Click Here

Get COVID-19 information from BARBICIDE®

Get COVID-19 back to work plan from BARBICIDE®

Recommendations for the Reopening of the Professional Beauty Industry from BARBICIDE®

Out Growth – Clean Hands, Safe Salons (Part 1)
Out Growth – Clean Hands, Safe Salons (Part 2)
House Calls And The Offensive Handshake – With Leslie Roste
COVID-19 and Barbicide – With Leslie Roste
Esthetics Council – Estheticians Guide

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