Testing Services

The Nevada State Board of Cosmetology Specialist Team oversees the administration of three tests: a theory test, a state law test, and a practical test. All three tests are offered daily at both Board Locations. Please visit our General Testing Information page for more information.

The theory test is designed to establish that the individual has met the minimal competency standards to deliver safe and clean services within a specific profession and that the individual is knowledgeable in infection control procedures.

The theory test is required for:

1- Individuals that do not have a license in another state or jurisdiction; and/or for

2-Individuals that have completed beauty school or an apprenticeship program but do not have a license in another state or jurisdiction.

Applicants must pass the theory test with a 75% . For more information, please visit our Theory Test Information page.

The Nevada State Law Test is designed to educate the professional entering Nevada of the laws and regulations governing the State. The online Nevada State Law Practice Test is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The Nevada State Law Test is required for all individuals obtaining their first Nevada license. For more information, please visit our Nevada State Law Test Information page.

The practical test is offered to individuals that do not have a license in another state or country, but have completed training hours in a beauty school outside the State of Nevada. Students trained at a beauty school licensed in the State of Nevada complete the practical test requirement at that school. The practical test is designed to measure the individual's minimal competency to safely perform the physical service that is being administered and that infection control procedures are being followed. For more information, please visit our Practical Testing Information page.