A guide for New York Cosmetologists, Nail Specialists, Facial Specialists, Barbers, Braiders, and Massage Therapists
Whether you are permanently moving to Florida or looking to temporarily escape the New York winters, transferring your license from another state can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. To make this transition as quick and easy as possible, here are the necessary steps you will need to complete in order to obtain a license or registration to legally work in the state of Florida.
Here are the requirements for NYS licenses in each profession:
- Cosmetologists: 1000 Hours with Written and Practical Exam
- Nail Specialty License: 250 Hours with Written and Practical Exam
- Estheticians: 600 Hours with Written and Practical Exam
- Barbers: Hours are determined by the approved NYS barber schools
- Natural Hair Stylists: 300 Hours with Written and Practical Exam
- Massage Therapists: 1000 Hours and NYS Board Written Exam
In Florida, Cosmetologists, Nail Specialists, Facial and Full specialists, and Hair Braiders/Wrappers are all under the authority of the Florida Cosmetology Board. Barbers and Massage therapists each have their own board.
Now let’s compare the above numbers to Florida’s requirements for each license or registration:
- Cosmetologists: 1200 Hours and Written Examination
- Nail Specialists: 240 Hours
- Facial Specialists: 260 Hours
- Full Specialists: 500 Hours
- Florida has a special registration for those that have Nail and Facial licenses and registrations.
- Barbers: 1000 Hours and Written Examination
- Hair Braiders and Wrappers: 16 Hour Florida Board Approved Course
- Massage Therapists: 500 Hours and Board Approved Written Examination
- Massage therapy is regulated under the Department of Health and all cosmetology professions are under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. If you plan to also obtain a massage license, here is a link to the Florida massage requirements.
For cosmetologists, to qualify for licensure in Florida without having to take an examination you need to have an active license in New York or another state whose requirements for licensure are comparable to Florida.
As you can see, New York does not have the same educational requirements (1000 Hours vs 1200 Hours). Since New York’s educational hours are not the same as Florida’s, you may not qualify by endorsement.
Do you have over 1200 Hours?
If you have completed at least 1200 hours of schooling for cosmetology and passed a written exam prior to admittance as a cosmetologist, you may still qualify for licensure by endorsement. In this case, you will need to submit a transcript from your school indicating the number of hours completed and documents verifying passage of a written exam, or a license certification verifying this information.
Unfortunately, hours worked in a salon do not count towards the required hours.
What if you do not meet the 1200 Hour requirement?
Cosmetologists who are unable to endorse their licenses in Florida may be eligible for examination as a Cosmetologist in Florida if they have held their cosmetology license for at least one year. For example, if you have 1000 hours of education from a New York school and have had your license for over a year, you will need to pass the Florida Cosmetology Board’s written exam before your license is issued.
Other Registrations: Nail Specialists and Facial Specialists/Estheticians
If you have an active nail specialty or esthetician license, you can apply to Florida via endorsement. Links to the application and HIV/AIDS course requirement are below.
If your license is not active in NYS, Nail and Facial Specialists/Estheticians
If you do not have an active license, you do not meet the endorsement requirement and will need to apply initially or make the license active and then apply by endorsement.
Because New York State does not have a specific hours requirement, I suggest you contact the Florida Barber Board about the licensing requirements.
Your Next Steps
Complete a Florida Board-approved HIV/AIDS course
All cosmetology board applicants are required to complete a Florida Cosmetology Board approved 4-Hour HIV/AIDS course and send documentation of the completed course in with the application. The link for this class can be found here.
Find your application
Florida has a number of applications for each license and specialty. Make sure to find the correct application for your specific field (cosmetology, nail specialist, facial specialist, or full specialist) and your current license situation (endorsement, out-of-state, examination).
Verify Your License
Don’t forget to verify your current license if you apply by endorsement. Contact the state where you are licensed and have the license certification is to be sent to the Department. If mailed, the certification is to be sent to the address on the application.
Be One Step Closer Today
Again, here are the two courses needed by most Cosmetology and Barber Board applicants. They can be completed quickly and easily online for under $20. You can be one step closer to your dream job in the Sunshine State today.
Cosmetologists, Estheticians, and Nail Techs:
Barbers, below is your 2-hour HIV course registration link:
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