NIC is your one-stop resource for easy access to comprehensive information regarding every aspect of testing, regulation and advancement in cosmetology related fields including cosmetology, barbering, manicuring and esthetics professions.  

NIC provides tools and resources to enable you to fight deregulation and pursue standardization within your state in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, practitioners and business owners. 


Sunrise and sunset review processes enable states to address burdensome or out-of-date occupational licensing requirements.

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NIC supports active military service members and veterans seeking a new profession by promoting a clear, consistent path to learning about that profession and entering the civilian workforce. By encouraging consistency in testing and regulatory standards across our nation we can help serve these Americans who have served our country. 

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One of NIC’s important objectives is to enable candidates licensed to practice in a cosmetology field in one state, to be able to utilize their license to practice in any other US territoryStandardization of testing and regulations will enable this to become a reality. 

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Learn more about human trafficking and the resources available – including a national hotline – to help victims and survivors.

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Experts have developed industry best practices for proper infection control and blood procedures for client injuries.

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