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January 4, 2018

How Long Will Cosmetology School Take in MO?

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The Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners is run by the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. This government entity determines how long cosmetology school students must be in school and how many hours they have to attain in order to pursue a professional career in cosmetology. It is required that cosmetology students complete 1,500 hours in a board-approved cosmetology school.

How long does that take in months? While we can’t say, definitively, how long it will take you at Elaine Steven Beauty College, you can complete our program in as little as 12 months.

Let’s break this process down.

Requirements for Sitting for the Exam

In order to qualify to sit for the licensure exam you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have completed 1,500 hours of practical and theoretical education.

Getting an Education

Assuming that you’ve got the first two requirements covered, the next step to becoming a licensed cosmetologist is getting an education.

Not sure if cosmetology is right for you? Click here to learn what it means to be a cosmetologist.

How to Find a School

The state requirements state that you must attend an approved school in order to be accepted for licensure. Once you’ve found your school of choice, get started on the enrollment process. Not all schools are alike in their requirements, so make sure to read up and ask questions to find out if it’s the perfect fit for you.

To find out more about how to get started at Elaine Steven Beauty College, click here.

After Licensure

After you’ve attained your hours and passed the exam, you’ll probably be ready to pursue a career! Congrats! There are are a variety of careers out there in the beauty industry that you may be able to pursue. Here are a few you might consider:

  • Hairstylist
  • Salon Owner
  • Salon Manager
  • Manicurist

Click here to explore even more cosmetology careers!

When Will You Begin Your Journey?

Now that you know what is required of you to get your career started, when will you begin? Contact Elaine Steven Beauty College to learn more about our Cosmetology, Hairdressing, and Manicuring program.


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Cosmetology 1500 Clock Hours
Manicuring 400 Clock Hours (Not Currently Offering)
Instructor Training 600 Clock Hours

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