How do I register to take the 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.

The Board office does NOT schedule either of your exams for you.  Once you have been approved by the Board, you must contact PSI at (833) 333-4751 or to schedule to take your exam.  Instructors:  after scheduling, you must contact PSI to receive your topics.

The testing company and telephone number provided is only valid for exams taken no later than 09/30/21.  Information on exams to be taken on or after 10/01/21 will be forthcoming.  Please monitor ABOCB’s website under the link for ‘Exams’ for additional information.

What if I need accommodations for a disability?

The Board and its proctors abide by the ADA requirements.  You must provide documentation for this.  If you need further assistance on this matter, please contact Yina Ford ( at (800)815-7453 or (334)242-1916.

Important information for Practical Examination sanitation requirements:

In response to the shortage of disinfectant wipes during the pandemic in 2020, the NIC Executive Board temporarily authorized all practical test centers to accept "best attempt" or "simulated product" for disinfectant wipes. The Executive Board has continued to monitor this situation and has authorized the reinstatement of the original requirement regarding the use of disinfectant wipes and will no longer accept "best attempt" or "simulated products" in the testing centers beginning on November 1, 2021.