A cosmetologist, sometimes referred to as a "master cosmetologist" in Georgia, is an individual authorized by the Georgia Board of Cosmetology to perform any act or practice of cosmetology established by the state. A cosmetologist has the highest standards for background education and the most depth of expertise available in the field. This includes cutting, dyeing, dressing, shampooing, and otherwise manipulating a customer's hair, including eyebrows; massaging the face, scalp, and neck; providing facial and scalp treatments; waxing, stimulating, cleansing, and otherwise beautifying the face, neck, arms, and legs of a customer; and performing nail care, pedicures, and manicures.

Cosmetologist License Renewal

A cosmetologist's license expires on March 31 of even-numbered years. To renew their license, a cosmetologist is required to take 5 hours of continuing education, including 3 hours of material concerning health and safety, at any point during the two-year active cycle. Our state-approved course covers the following topics:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Skin, Diseases, and Disorders
  • Decontamination and Infection Control
  • Additional Health & Safety Issues in the Salon Environment

Total: 5 hours of continuing education credits.


All cosmetologists must complete continuing education to renew a license unless one of the following conditions applies: