Frequently Asked Questions

As a result of the COVID-19 interruptions of study, the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (ABOCB) will temporarily accept course work for distance learning programs beginning March 16, 2020, through December 31, 2020, for clock hour courses for Theory and Practical Instruction that lead to licensure with ABOCB. Students may obtain distance education for up to 50% of the total course work.

Institutions may elect to either convert their current program into a hybrid distance education program or add the hybrid distance education program as an additional program so that prospective students may elect whether to enroll in either (1) the traditional on-site version of the program or (2) the version that includes distance education. This would further permit previously enrolled students to transfer from the traditional program to the hybrid program.

Each school should determine the number of theory and/or practical hours of instruction based on the course of study in accordance with the school’s established curriculum.  Documentation of attendance must be maintained to include distance learning hours and are subject to inspection by the Board.

Students must be notified upon enrolling in a distance education program that distance education courses may not be accepted for reciprocity or accepted for eligibility of licensure in other states.  A signed and dated disclaimer must be included in the student file.

If an institution offers a distance learning program, the distance learning policy must be in compliance with the NACCAS Policy on Distance Education, Policy VI.02.