How to Get a Florida Cosmetology License

Here are the steps that must be taken to obtain a Florida Cosmetology License.

  1. Complete 1,200 cosmetology school program hours. You must be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma to enter a cosmetology program.
  2. Submit an application to take the Cosmetology License Exam, along with applicable fees, at You will receive written notification from Pearson VUE, the state's exam vendor, to schedule a time for the written cosmetology exam.
  3. Take the Cosmetology License Examination. The exam is split into two portions: theory and clinical. Both portions must be passed within a two year period of each other. For more information on the exam, view the Candidate Information Booklet for the Cosmetology Licensure Examination.
  4. Complete a 4-hour HIV/AIDS Training Course. This course must be completed no more than two years prior to submitting the application for a cosmetology license.
  5. Apply for your license at You will need to submit proof of graduation from cosmetology school, completion of the exam, and completion of the HIV/AIDS Course. You will also need to pay an application fee at this time.

Florida Online Cosmetology provides the four hour HIV/AIDS course needed to apply for your license in a convenient, 100% online format. Topics include communicable diseases and infection control procedures.

Benefits of our Online Course:

  • Take the course on your own time using any computer or device that is connected to the internet.
  • Go at your own pace; log in and out as much as you'd like.
  • Unlimited attempts at the final exam
  • 24/7 Customer support

We make it easy to meet your 4-hour HIV/AIDS Course requirement so you can get your license and get to work!