NIC provides national theory and 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 Theory and 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.

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NIC offers exams and exam prep tools for close to 20 cosmetology related disciplines to help you prepare for your licensing exam.

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Every aspect of NIC testing is controlled by comprehensive rules and procedures regardless of the state where the test is being administered and what cosmetology discipline the test covers. They are contained within our detailed testing manual that you can access here. 

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This section includes answers to frequently asked questions about testing and examinations.

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