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Professional Regulation

Instructor License by Reciprocity




When to File Application

Complete this application if you hold a current license as a Cosmetologist Instructor, Barber Instructor, Aesthetician Instructor, Nail Technician Instructor or Electrology Instructor in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia and you wish to apply for the same type of Instructor license in Delaware.

  • If you already hold a current Delaware Cosmetologist/Cosmetology Instructor license, you may apply for an additional instruction certification(s) to teach another field. If you wish to request an additional certification(s), see Additional Instruction Certification.
  • If you previously held a Delaware Instructor license that has been lapsed over one year, you must apply to reinstate that license.
  • If you do not hold a current Instructor license in any state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia and you never previously held a Delaware Instructor license, you must apply by examination.


Selecting the Method of Application

The application asks you to select whether you are applying by Method 1 or Method 2.

  • Method 1 means that a jurisdiction where you hold a current license has licensure requirements that are substantially the same as those of Delaware.
  • Method 2 means that none of the jurisdictions where you are currently licensed has licensure requirements that are substantially the same as Delaware’s requirements.

Both Methods require you to have passed a written and practical examination which was professionally developed and used on a national basis. Whether your application is Method 1 or 2 depends on whether any jurisdiction where you are currently licensed requires at least the same hours that Delaware requires. Delaware requires:

  • Cosmetologist or Barber Instructor—500 classroom hours in teacher training or two years’ experience as an active, licensed, practicing cosmetologist or barber plus at least 250 hours of instruction in cosmetology or barbering
  • Nail Technician Instructor — 500 classroom hours or two years’ experience as an active, licensed, practicing nail technician plus at least 250 hours of instruction in nail technology
  • Electrologist Instructor — 500 classroom hours or two years’ experience as an active, licensed, practicing electrologist plus at least 250 hours of instruction in electrology
  • Aesthetician Instructor—500 classroom hours of advanced instruction in aesthetics or 2 years’ experience and 250 hours instruction
IF the jurisdiction where you are currently licensed requires… THEN select…
at least the hours that Delaware requires (see above) Method 1
less than the hours that Delaware requires (see above) Method 2
If you don’t know how many hours the jurisdiction where you’re currently licensed requires, check with the jurisdiction’s licensing agency. See Directory at www.nictesting.org.


Requirements for All Applicants

Read these instructions carefully. Failure to follow instructions will delay processing of your application. Auxiliary forms you may need are included with the application form.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Enclose a copy of all current licenses held in other jurisdictions. At least one license in another jurisdiction must be current when the Board reviews your application.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a license verification (also called letter of good standing) from each state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory where you now hold, or have ever held, a license.
    • This requirement applies regardless of whether or not the license is current.
    • The other jurisdiction must send the verification directly to the Board office.
    • Use the Verification of Licensure for Reciprocity Applications form at the end of the application to request the verification from the other jurisdiction.
  • Submit proof that you have completed 12th grade education or equivalent.


Additional Requirement for Method 2 Applicants

The following requirement applies only if you are applying by Method 2.

  • Submit a notarized statement from a present or prior employer(s) in the jurisdiction where you are licensed. The statement must certify that you worked in the field for which you are seeking a Delaware license for a period of five years before you applied in Delaware.

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