Updated: 12/29/2021


  1. Must be at least 16 years old
  2. Has successfully completed at least 10 grades in secondary school, or the equivalent

Must complete one of the following programs:

Barber 1,000 school clock hours/2,000 apprentice clock hours
Cosmetologist 1,500 school clock hours/3,000 apprentice clock hours
Esthetician 1,000 school clock hours/2,000 apprentice clock hours
Natural Hair Stylist 210 school clock hours/420 apprentice clock hours
Manicurist 750 school clock hours/1,200 apprentice clock hours

School hours and apprentice hours MAY NOT BE COMBINED.

Exam Fees

Written Exam:      $75.00

Practical Exam:   $130.00

Registering for Exams

Once you have completed either an Apprentice, Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetic, Natural Hair Stylist or Manicure program, your Sponsor or Instructor will fill out a Written Exam Application for you. You are required to fill out part of this application and sign it. You are required to send a copy of your original transcript (and English translation if needed) as proof of completing at least the 10th grade or the equivalent. You must include a valid email address on all Exam Applications, so that you can access Prometric's exam scheduling system.

Exam Candidates should not create an account with Prometric BEFORE receiving the contact email from Prometric.  Creating an account before receiving the confirmation email may delay the examination confirmation date and direct the candidate to the practice test which has a $39.00 fee.  If you have any questions, please call Ms. Yina Ford at (334) 242-1916.

The Board office does NOT schedule either of your exams for you.

Please note that candidates must bring their Candidate Admission Letter (provided to the candidate by Prometric after the exam is scheduled) and two forms of identification (one must be a government-issued photo ID) to the exam. Failure to bring these items will result in entrance denial and you will be marked as a "NO SHOW" for the exam.

Prometric's reschedule policy is shown on the Candidate Admission Letter you will receive prior to your test, but a summary of it is that candidates who are unable to attend their exam must reschedule the exam through Prometric no less than 5 calendar days prior to the exam date. Failure to reschedule an exam in a timely manner will result in a "NO SHOW" being recorded. Exceptions to the 5-calendar-day policy will be made on a limited basis (i.e. jury duty, death in the immediate family, military deployment, etc.).

Exam fees are non-refundable and if a "NO SHOW" is recorded, candidates will have to submit another application and exam fee to ABOCB before they can reschedule through Prometric.

Candidate Handbooks and Candidate Information Bulletins

Candidate Handbooks and Candidate Information Bulletins can be found at Prometric's ABOCB site.

Prometric website: www.iqttesting.com.

Prometric Customer Service telephone number: (877)977-3113

Prometric email support: SMT-OperationsTeam@prometric.com