Career & Technical Education

Cosmetology Occupations

The cosmetology occupations fall under the appearance enhancement domain of the Division of Licensing Services at the New York State Department of State. The following occupations are considered appearance enhancement occupations: Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Specialty, Natural Hairstyling, Waxing, and Barbering. Each of these occupations requires an individual to complete the required number of hours set forth by the DOS at a New York State Education Department approved school and then pass appropriate licensing exams.

2/23/11 Acceptable activities that may count towards the required 1000 hour Cosmetology Licensing Program

Guidance on appearance enhancement licensing areas and overlapping hours


New York State licensing information

Further guidance regarding appearance enhancement disciplines can be found at the external web sites below.
Last Updated: February 13, 2020