Cosmetologists in The Ocean state are well versed in helping their high-end clientele look their best. The seaside colonial towns, best known for their scenic views, are the perfect place to set up shop. Before getting into details, here are some facts about Rhode Island

  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is the first town established by an American woman.
  • Tourism is one of Rhode Island’s foremost industries. Millions of visitors pour in to visit the RISD Museum of Art, Narraganset Bay Beach, etc.
  • Rhode Island also holds the record for having the largest (fake) insect. The 58-foot long termite is called Nibbles Woodway.

Now let’s dive straight into what it takes to be a cosmetologist in The Ocean State.

Cosmetology Licensure Renewal

It is compulsory to renew your cosmetology license in Rhode Island, biennially. Failure to do so will result in a disruption of your workflow, as you are not allowed to practice with an expired license. Ensure you know if your license needs require renewal every odd or even-numbered years, and do so before the 30th of September.

In Rhode Island, you do not need to take continuing education hours to renew your license. However, you should do to remain current and refresh your memory on necessary safety and cosmetology policies.

You may renew your license online as long as sixty days before its expiration. A notice will be sent to your mail to remind you in case you forget.

Initial license fee: $25

Renewal fee (to be paid every two years before expiration): $25

Late renewal fee: $48

How to transfer my Cosmetology license to Rhode Island from another State?

The state of Rhode Island does not officially offer reciprocity. But there’sno need to worry if you still have your heart set up in the Ocean State. You may apply what the state calls licensure by endorsement. This permit to work as a cosmetologist in Rhode Island applies as long as your home state has equal or higher licensure qualifications. If you do so, you can go ahead and have your home state sent in your current certificate.

Should your current license criteria be lower than what the Rhode Island Board approves,, you can convert every three months of experience you have to 100 training hours. Although this is only applicable for a maximum of 500 training hours, so you’ll have to apply for the exam if you still don’t meet the mark. Rhode Island requires its candidates to meet up to 1500 training hours.

How to change name/address on Cosmetology license

Rhode Island’s cosmetology board must know about any changes to your name or address as soon as possible. It’s best to go through this notification process before you have to renew your license so you can renew your new name or address.

To change your name with the board, you’ll need a legal document that attests to the change. All the materials you are required to present are your former license card, a check for $40, and proof of alteration. Official documents such as court orders, marriage certificates, or divorce decrees are preferred. After the process is complete, you may request a new license. Also, note that the check or money order should be payable to the Rhode Island General Treasurer.

For a change of address, please fill a change of name or address form and fax it to the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401-222-6683. You may also mail them at:

  • Rhode Island Department of Health,
  • Data Entry Unit Room 103
  • 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908

Requirements for receiving a Cosmetology Instructor’s license

A career in cosmetology instruction is an excellent opportunity to diversify your income stream. It’s also a great way to mold young and aspiring cosmetologists. As an already practicing cosmetologist, you also benefited from learning the rules and laws about the practice with the help of your instructors.

Before you apply, you should already have at least three years of work experience. In addition to that, you need to also undergo 300 training hours in an approved cosmetology instructor’s program. When you meet these criteria, and if approved, you will receive your license.

Cosmetology Examination requirements

To qualify as a potential cosmetologist practitioner, you must meet specific criteria:

  • You should have a high school diploma or GED program equivalent.
  • You must complete at least 1500 training hours at an approved beauty school.
  • You must take the state’s cosmetology board exam in either Spanish or English.

Completing an apprenticeship program does not make you eligible to receive a professional cosmetology license. So you will still need to go to beauty school. Courses you will have to take range from scalp treatment and hair removal to massaging and beautification.

After your training is complete, you may register with and apply for the state’s exam with the Department of Health. You would also need to have your school send over your official transcripts. Should the department approve your application, you will receive a notification scheduling your exams. You are required to sit for both the practical and written exams. Once you are issued your license, remember that you’ll have to renew it on a biennial basis.

That’s all for cosmetology in Rhode Island. I hope you found this article helpful. Are you relieved to know how to renew your license? Do you need more details on the examination process? I’ll be happy to answer your questions or read general comments on your thoughts. If you’re practicing in another state, you can also find guidelines for more states here.