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Board of Cosmetology

Continuing Education


Listed below are pertinent statutes governing Cosmetology Instructor license.

Tennessee Code Annotated 62-4-114. Instructor's continuing education. - Practice by instructor - Instructor may become licensed as cosmetologist - Inactive status

  1. To maintain an active instructor's license, an instructor shall every two (2) years submit to the board satisfactory proof that the instructor has attended a board-approved instructor training program in cosmetology for a minimum of sixteen (16) hours. Persons obtaining an initial instructor's license shall attend a board-approved instructor training program in cosmetology after receiving such licenses.
  2. The board may, in its discretion, grant up to one (1) year for submission of such proof upon a showing of good cause, including, but not limited to, illness or emergency. However, no such extension of time shall relieve an instructor from meeting any future deadline for compliance with this subsection.
  3. The active license of any instructor who fails to comply with this subsection shall become invalid and nonrenewable.
    • Before an instructor's license expires, an instructor may notify the board of the instructor's intention to place the license on inactive status. Such notice of intention shall be accompanied by the regular license fee, but the instructor shall be relieved of the obligation to attend the otherwise required board approved training program. An instructor may stay on inactive status as long as the appropriate fees are paid on a regular basis. To change a license from inactive status to active status, the instructor shall attend a board approved instructor training program in cosmetology for a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours.
    • Any person who holds a valid active license as a cosmetology instructor may engage in the practice of cosmetology under such license. However, no instructor may render cosmetology services in a school, except such services as are directly incidental to the instruction of students.
    • Any person whose instructor's license expires or becomes invalid may, within sixty (60) days after the date of expiration or invalidity, obtain a cosmetologist's license from the board upon payment of a fee set by the board

If you desire your Cosmetology Instructor license to be placed on inactive status, you must submit a written request to the board. You will need to attend your first seminar during the two years following your first renewal and every other year after that.

NOTE: Attending the required seminars is your responsibility. You will not receive notification from the board for any seminar. It is very important to keep your mailing address current, as seminar sponsors take their mailing list from computer files.