NIC provides national Written, Practical and Written Practical examinations for cosmetology and related fields that are standardized, valid and legally defensible using psychometric principles. Computer Based testing and practical examinations are administered by Test Administration companies and States upon approval and authorization of NIC.

Candidate Information Bulletins (CIB) contain important information regarding the Written, Practical and Written Practical examinations, including content outline covered by the examination and sample questions and answers. NIC maintains a master repository of all CIB’s that are currently utilized in states and jurisdictions.


NIC offers practice exams and exam overviews to help prepare for the NIC national exams.


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