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Chapter 130-2 LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Rule 130-2-.01 Application for School License

Any person desiring to operate a school of cosmetology, school of hair design, school of esthetics, or school of nail care in the State of Georgia is required to make application for a license to operate the school, using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology, and show by such application that applicant has met all the requirements of the laws and rules of the Board. When such application is properly filled out and returned to the Board, it shall be accompanied by the following:

(a) character references for the persons interested in operating such school;
(b) a floor plan of the proposed premises drawn to approximate scale, showing the arrangement of the classrooms, locker space, separate rest room facilities for male and female students, approximate placing of equipment, the entrances and exits, ventilation and lighting, and adequacy of floor spaces;
(c) list of all items of equipment required by laws and rules;
(d) satisfactory evidence of proper provisions for duly-licensed teachers;
(e) Each student enrolled shall be supplied with a basic kit for appropriate level of instruction as required by rule (see Administrative Rules 130-3-.01, 130-3-.04, 130-3-.07, 130-3-.10 );
(f) Required fee.

Rule 130-2-.02 Required Inspections and Licensing

(1) Upon acceptance of the application a preliminary inspection of the proposed premises shall be conducted by an inspector for the Board and a Board Member prior to the final inspection and issuance of a license.
(2) After applicant has met all Board requirements for facility, equipment, and consumable supplies, a final inspection shall be conducted by an inspector for the Board and a Board member. Upon approval by the Board, the appropriate license shall be issued to operate a school of cosmetology, school of hair design, school of esthetics, or school of nail care. The license will be permitted to be retained and renewed only as long as the school continues to meet all of the current laws and rules of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology. Such licenses are not transferable from person to person.
(3) The Board shall have a reasonable period of time to process any application in order to carry out an investigation for verification of any or all facts stated therein and conduct inspections.

Rule 130-2-.03 License to Operate a School, Ownership, or Relocation

(1) A license to operate a school carries with it the approval of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and is valid only for the owner or owners specified on the application for the school. Any request for expansion, relocation, or change in the school's name or school's owners must comply with statutory and regulatory provisions applicable to new schools.
(2) Any person, firm, corporation or establishment which accepts, directly or indirectly, compensation for teaching more than one person any branch of cosmetology will be classified as a school and will be required to comply with all the provisions of the laws and rules of the Board.
(3) Any person, firm, corporation or establishment licensed hereunder shall furnish to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology a copy of the school policies and procedures at the time of application for a school license, and in the event any such policies and procedures are thereafter changed, a copy of same shall be filed with the Board.
(4) Each school is required to notify the Board within ten (10) days, in writing, of any change in its supervising instructor or instructors.
(5) Schools shall be required to supply each student with a basic kit containing sufficient implements for the learning of cosmetology, hair design, esthetics, or nail technology. Schools are required to comply with all sanitation rules adopted by this Board and shall instruct the students in the importance of complying with all sanitation rules of this Board (see 130-3-01, 130-3-.03, 130-3-.07, and 130-3-.10 ).
(6) All schools of cosmetology, hair design schools, esthetician schools and schools of nail care shall maintain a library which includes at least one each of the following: medical dictionary, book on first aid, book on cosmetic chemistry, book on esthetics, book on nail technology, book on basic nutrition, book of instructor training and teaching methods for cosmetology, esthetician, nail technology, and hair design, book on personality and charm, book on primary art, sketching, etc., and at least one book on business management.
(7) All schools must be properly lighted and well ventilated.
(8) All schools must have a supply of clean, sanitary drinking water, separate toilet facilities for male and female students, and provide sufficient beauty equipment for the number of students enrolled.
(9) All schools must post the laws and rules furnished by the Board in an open area in each school.
(10) When, and if, the school's enrollment increases beyond its capacity of properly caring for the original fifteen (15) students as to classroom, lockers, equipment and floor space, the school shall, for the purpose of good student training, public protection and safety, enlarge such school to meet the needs of the number of students enrolled.
(11) When closing a cosmetology, hair design, esthetics or nail care school, the Board shall be notified in writing of the closure and all student records shall be released to the Board no later than 30 days prior to the closure date.

Rule 130-2-.04 Instructor Requirements

(1) Instructor licenses shall be renewed biennially by June 30th of odd years. In order to renew an instructor license, the master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician or nail technician license of the instructor must be in good standing and renewed on time. Instructors, at the cosmetologist level, must renew their Master Cosmetology License biennially by March 31st of even years. Instructors at the Hair Designer level must renew their hair designer license biennially by September 30th of even years. Instructors, at the skin care and nail care level, must renew their esthetician or nail technician license biennially by August 31st of odd years. If an instructor fails to renew his/her master cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician within six (6) months after expiration, then his/her license to instruct shall be automatically suspended. A person failing to renew his/her teacher's license within two (2) years, after expiration, shall be required to file a reinstatement application for Board review and pay a fee set by the Board (see Fee Schedule) before an instructor's license may be re-issued.
(2) Continuing Education: All instructors of cosmetology, hair design, esthetics and nail technology, seeking renewal of licenses, must submit, with renewal of application to the Board, proof of completion of fifteen (15) hours of continuing education in the cosmetology profession approved by the Board since the last renewal of the instructor's license.
(a) The following has been approved by the Board for continuing education:
1. At least half of the fifteen (15) total hours shall be in teaching techniques, lesson planning, or other advanced teacher training. Each course or program requires prior Board approval. Any school, group, or association may present its course of training program to the Board for approval. A course or program developed and offered through a college, university department, or division of continuing education of the Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, or the Board of Regents is exempt from the prior approval requirement.

Rule 130-2-.05 Application for Instructor License

(1) Any person desiring to teach or instruct in a school of cosmetology, school of hair design, school of esthetics, or school of nail care in the State of Georgia, is required to make application for a license using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and show by such application that applicant has met all the requirements of the law and rules of the Board. When such application is properly filled out and returned to the Board, it shall be accompanied by the following:
(a) a photo static copy of a current Georgia cosmetology license at the appropriate level;
(b) proof of one (1) year work experience as a licensee at the appropriate level;
(c) proof of a high school diploma or GED Certificate;
(d) an official certification of required credit hours of instructor training from a Board approved school of cosmetology (obtained within four (4) months), school of hair design (obtained within four (4) months), school of esthetics (obtained within nine (9) months, or school of nail care (obtained within four (4) months);
(e) required fee;
(f) proof of passing a written and practical examination to become an instructor.
(2) Any person desiring to obtain a license to teach or instruct in a school of cosmetology, hair design, esthetics, or nail technology in the State of Georgia, who is certified by the State Department of Education to teach cosmetology, hair design, esthetics, or nail technology in the state's public schools, may make application for a license by using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and show by such application that applicant has met all the requirements of the laws and rules of the Board. When such application is completed and returned to the Board, it shall be accompanied by the following:
(a) a photo static copy of a current Georgia cosmetology license at the appropriate level;
(b) certification from the Georgia State Department of Education of completion of the three-year teacher's training program required by the State Department of Education;
(c) proof of a high school diploma or GED certificate;
(d) proof of passing a written and practical examination to become an Instructor;
(e) required fee.

Rule 130-2-.06 Student and Apprentice Records

(1) Student Records
(a) A weekly work sheet signed in black ink and or electronic signature by the student and the instructor shall be kept for each student indicating the number of hours of training in each subject. This work sheet shall be sub-totaled in January, April, June, and September and shall be subject to review by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology at any time.
(b) Student attendance records, and grades shall be maintained on school premises by the school as part of the permanent record for each student for a period of five (5) years.
(c) Progress Reports on students' attendance and grades shall be current and shall be made available for inspection by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology at all times. Should a student withdraw for any purpose, a notarized transcript of total school hours for that student shall be signed by the school's owner or manager and submitted to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology within thirty (30) days of withdrawal.
(d) Each school shall have a curriculum guide and lesson plan used by each instructor for each course taught. Such curriculum guides and lesson plans shall be made available to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology for inspection at all times.
(e) Certification of completed training shall be included with the examination application.
(2) Apprentice Records
(a) A weekly work sheet completed and signed in black ink and/or electronic signature by the apprentice, the salon/shop owner/manager, and the training master shall be kept for each apprentice indicating the number of hours of training in each subject. This work sheet shall be sub-totaled in January , April ,June , and September and shall be subject to review and available to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology for inspection at any time.
(b) Salon/shop owners/managers must maintain records on each apprentice for a period of five (5) years. These records must be accurate, complete, and available to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology for inspection at all times.
(c) Should an apprentice change salon/shop or master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician, or nail technician, a notarized transcript of total hours accumulated shall be signed by both the salon/shop owner/manager and the master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician, or nail technician and submitted to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology within thirty (30) days of the change.
(d) Certification of completed training shall be included with the examination application.

Rule 130-2-.07 Application for Cosmetology License at the Master Cosmetologist, Hair Designer, Esthetician or Nail Technician Level

(1) Any person desiring to practice cosmetology at the master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician or nail technician level in the State of Georgia, is required to make application for a license using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and show by such application that applicant has met all the requirements of the laws and the rules of the Board. When such application is properly filled out and returned to the Board, it shall be accompanied by the following:
(a) Proof of passing a written and practical examination from Board's designated agent;
(b) required fee;
(c) any other information requested by the Board required for licensure by law or rule.

Rule 130-2-.08 Repealed

Rule 130-2-.09 Application for Apprentice Permit

(1) Any person at least 17 years of age desiring to train as an apprentice in a cosmetology salon/shop under the direct supervision of a master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician, or nail technician, who holds a current Georgia license and has been licensed at least thirty-six (36) months, may make application for an apprentice permit using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology.
(2) Apprentice hours are accumulated according to the actual number of credit/clock hours of performance and training in the shop or salon after being registered with the Board as an apprentice. It is the responsibility of the salon/shop owner/manager to keep an accurate record of the apprentice credit/clock hours. Credit WILL NOT be allowed for any hours received prior to issuance of the apprentice certificate of registration. Credit hours are defined in Rules 130-3-.03, 130-3-.06, 130-3-.09 and 130-3-.12.
(3) Apprentice training is required as follows:

Minimum No. of Months Minimum No. of Hours

Cosmetologist 18 months and 3,000 hours

Hair Designer 14 months and 2,650 hours

Esthetician 18 months and 2,000 hours

Nail Technician 8 months and 1,050 hours

(4) Each time the apprentice changes supervising master cosmetologist, hair designer, esthetician, nail technician, or salon/shop; a new application must be filed with the Board office. The salon/shop owner/manager must notify the Board that this apprentice is not training in the salon/shop under the master licensee and submit a notarized transcript of total hours accumulated by apprentice within thirty (30) days of termination of the apprenticeship.
(5) The apprentice permit may be held for two (2) years and renewed one (1) time only for an additional two (2) years.
(6) The salon/shop owner/manager and master level trainer/supervisor shall be required to supply each apprentice with the basic materials for the learning of cosmetology, hair design, esthetics, or nail technology as listed below. The master licensee training the apprentice shall comply with all rules adopted by the Board and shall instruct the apprentice in the importance of complying with all the laws and rules the Board.
(a) The basic equipment and materials for the cosmetology apprentice shall consist of the following:
1. station with mirror;
2. wet disinfection container which allows for complete submersion of cosmetology implements in a hospital grade disinfectant;
3. closed container for storage of disinfected implements;
4. mannequin;
5. basic combs;
6. scissors/shears and thinning shears;
7. razor with guard and disposable blades;
8. brushes;
9. rollers;
10. clips;
11. protective capes;
12. disposable neck strips, disposable or reusable gloves;
13. perm rods and end papers;
14. marcel curling iron/flat iron;
15. blow dryer;
16. consumable supplies for all hair services, such as hair shampoo, hair spray, conditioners, etc.;
17. consumable supplies for all esthetic services;
18. manicuring kit;
19. currentstandard textbook;
20. one (1) workbook;
21. a current copy of the laws and rules of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology;
22. autoclave is an acceptable method of sterilization.
(b) The basic equipment and kit for the esthetics apprentice shall consist of the following:
1. tweezers;
2. comedone extractors;
3. cleansers;
4. liquid soap;
5. skin freshners (toners);
6. astringent;
7. moisturizers;
8. emollient creams;
9. foundation;
10. concealor;
11. blusher;
12. lipstick;
13. powder;
14. eye shadow;
15. mascara;
16. eyeliners;
17. eyebrow pencils;
18. professional pencil sharpener;
19. disposable sponges and applicators, q-tips, round cotton pads, rectangular rolled cotton and cotton balls; and disposable gloves;
20. current standard textbook
21. one (1) workbook;
22. a current copy of the laws and rules of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology;
24. one lavatory
25. one (1) set of facial equipment per each four (4) work stations or positions to include, brushing, vacuum ionization, glass electrode or high frequency galvanic or cathodic current, decrustation machine, spray or mister, one (1) set of facial equipment per each two (2) work stations or positions to include steamer, one magnification lamp and sufficient trays for facial supplies;
26. one (1) covered container for soiled or disposable towels; also closed container for soiled linens;
27. one (1) properly lighted make up area;
28. one (1) head form;
29. wet sterilizer;
30. closed cabinet for clean linen;
31. one (1) facial chair;
32. autoclave sterilizer is an acceptable method of sterilization.
(c) The basic equipment and kit for the nail technician apprentice shall consist of the following:
1. nail station and chair with adequate light;
2. proper paraffin wax machine and paraffin wax;
3. uv gel light;
4. wet disinfection container for complete submersion of sanitized implements;
5. sealed container for storage of disinfected implements;
6. supply tray;
7. finger bowl with nail brush;
8. closed container with cotton;
9. nail implements (disinfection required);
a. steel cuticle pusher;
b. metal nail file;
c. manicure scissors;
d. cuticle nippers;
e. acrylic nippers;
f. fingernail clipper;
g. toenail clipper;
h. spatula;
i. tweezers and metal tongs;
10. nail care supplies (disposable items);
a. emery boards;
b. nail buffers;
c. orangewood sticks;
d. foot file or paddle;
e. pedicure slippers;
f. toe separators;
11. nail polish;
a. colored nail enamel;
b. base coat and top coat;
12. polish remover;
13. cuticle remover and cuticle oil;
14. hand cream;
15. mannequin hand and/or practice fingers;
16. materials for acrylic sculptured nails;
17. pedicure supplies:
a. footbath;
b. antiseptic foot spray;
c. liquid soap;
d. massage lotion;
18. current standard textbook;
19. one (1) workbook;
20. a current copy of the laws and rules of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology;
21. autoclave is an acceptable method of sterilization;
(d) The basic equipment and kit for the hair designer apprentice shall consist of the following:
1. station with mirror;
2. wet disinfection container which allows for complete submersion of cosmetology implements in a hospital grade disinfectant;
3. closed container for storage of disinfected implements;
4. mannequin;
5. basic combs;
6. scissors/shears and thinning shears;
7. razor with guard and disposable blades;
8. brushes;
9. rollers;
10. clips;
11. protective capes;
12. disposable neck strips, disposable or reusable gloves;
13. perm rods and end papers;
14. marcel curling iron/flat iron;
15. blow dryer;
16. consumable supplies for all hair services, such as hair shampoo, hair spray, conditioners, etc.;
17. current standard textbook;
18. one (1) workbook;
19. a current copy of the laws and rules of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology;
20. autoclave is an acceptable method of sterilization.
(7) Apprentice training shall include the curriculum required for students in the respective levels of cosmetology, hair design, esthetics, or nail technology.

Rule 130-2-.10 Repealed

Rule 130-2-.11 Application for Cosmetology Salon/Shop

(1) Any person or persons desiring to operate a salon/shop which offers and performs cosmetology services shall submit an application for a license using the form furnished by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and shall meet all the requirements of the law and rules of the Board.
(2) Any salon/shop must be registered with the Board prior to its opening. Change of salon/shop ownership or change in the tenant leasing must be registered with the Board by filing an application for licensure within thirty (30) days of the purchase of said salon /shop. Business names of salon/shop shall include the word salon or shop and shall not contain terms which would tend to mislead the public as to the operation of cosmetology establishment.
(3) The salon/shop license shall be displayed in an open area of the registered salon/shop so as to be easily read by customers and available for inspection by the Board at all times.
(4) It shall be prohibited to allow pets in salons/shops except guide and assistance dogs as permitted under Title 30 of the Georgia Code.
(5) Salons/shops shall comply with the rules for sanitation, health and disinfectants in Chapter 130-5 of the Rules of Georgia State Board of Cosmetology.

Rule 130-2-.12 Continuing Education

(1) Number of Continuing Education Hours Required for Renewal or Reinstatement of License.
(a) Renewal after January 1, 2003. In order to renew a license after January 1, 2003, each licensee shall provide to the Board proof of completion of five (5) continuing education (CE) hours in a form acceptable to the Board. If audited, the licensee shall submit written proof from the CE provider of attendance and/or completion of each CE course submitted for credit.
1. Three (3) hours of the total five (5) hours must be satisfied by a course in health and safety developed by the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE).
2. Two (2) hours of the total five (5) hours must be in a course previously registered with the Board in any of the following areas: industry or trade show, health and safety, industry trends, computer skills, business management, or the licensee's area of practice.
(b) Exemption from CE Requirements.
1. A licensee that meets any of the following exemptions shall not be required to complete the CE requirements set out in this Rule;
(i) Licensees who have held a license for 25 years or more and can submit documentation thereof to the satisfaction of the Board;
(ii) Licensees who submit to the Board proof of hardship based upon:
(I) Age; proof of attainment of age 65;
(II) Disability, medical or otherwise; a documented permanent disability, copy of an award letter of disability benefits such as Social Security, Railroad retirement or DD214;
(III) Illness; or temporary disability documented by the appropriate physician specialist stating the disability, anticipated duration and physical or mental limitation(s);
(IV) Other circumstances as the Board may determine on a case by case basis.
2. Licensees who claim an exemption shall submit to the Board a sworn, written statement, signed by the licensee before a notary public, setting out the facts supporting each exemption claimed. An exemption request form may be obtained from the Board or a written request may be submitted in a form otherwise acceptable to the Board.
(c) First Renewal of License. The holder of a license who is renewing a license for the first time shall not be required to meet the CE requirements.
(d) Reinstatement of a lapsed license. In order to reinstate a license after expiration, the applicant shall pay all fees required by law or rule, including the reinstatement fee, and shall submit documentation of completion of CE hours required for renewal. A license shall be issued upon completion of all requirements of the laws and rules.
(e) CE Requirements For Hair Designers: For the first license renewal period after September 1, 2010, the Board shall allow a maximum of five (5) hours credit for any CE courses taken between August 31, 2006 and September 30, 2008.
(2) Provider Registration of Continuing Education Courses.
(a) The curriculum of any CE course not developed by the DTAE or not offered as a course by any of the institutions listed in paragraph (2)(e) of this Rule must be registered with the Board and must comply with Board rules.
(b) Industry or trade show registration. Providers of industry or trade show courses that wish to register courses for CE credit must supply the following information to the Board prior to registration:
1. Date and location;
2. Form to be used as written proof of course attendance or completion for licensee participants.
(c) Course of study registration. Providers of courses of study that wish to register courses for CE credit must submit the following information to the Board prior to registration:
1. Outline of subject matter;
2. List of persons teaching;
3. Summary of qualification of teachers;
4. Number of hours for each course;
5. Date and location of course;
6. Form to be used as written proof of course completion for licensee participants.
7. Course evaluation form
(d) Internet, electronic or home study course. Providers of Internet, electronic or home study courses must submit the same information for registration with the Board as the providers of courses listed in paragraph (2)(c) of this Rule.
(e) Exempt courses. Courses in cosmetology, hair design, nail technology, esthetics, computers, business, or health and safety issues offered by schools under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Department of Technical and Adult Education, the Department of Education, or any accredited postsecondary institution shall satisfy the continuing education requirement without a request to the Board for approval or registration.
(f) The curriculum developed by DTAE in health and safety shall be revised as necessary to incorporate new developments upon request by the Board, interested parties or licensees. DTAE shall make the curriculum available to other providers of continuing education.
(g) Requirements for all course providers.
1. No private providers shall represent themselves as the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology or the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State. The prohibition against such representations shall include all promotional material including, but not limited to, provider name, course or business name, websites, advertisements, e-mails or mailings.
2. No testing of knowledge or skills shall be required as proof of completion of any CE course.
3. All licensees shall receive written proof from the course provider of attendance and completion of a CE course. The provider's registration number issued by the Board must be included on the certificate of completion.
(3) CE Courses Not Registered With the Board. Any licensee may request Board approval of an unregistered industry or trade show or other unregistered course of study for CE credit. The Board, in its discretion, may approve such course on a case by case basis. All licensees shall receive written proof of attendance and/or completion of CE courses from the provider; and the licensee shall submit such proof to the Board.
(4) Private providers of continuing education courses must include their registration number issued by the Board on all promotional material including, but not limited to information about courses, websites, advertisements, emails or mailings.
(5) CE providers must renew their registration by submitting a new CE provider application to the board beginning April of an even year.