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How to Become a Licensed Esthetician in Wyoming

Although not many people know it, Wyoming is home to several beautiful and unique resorts and spas. From Jackson Hole to Cheyenne, from Yellowstone to Casper, there is a lot of natural beauty to be found in this state which attracts many visitors. This state’s beauty career opportunities abound thanks to its natural beauty and resorts. Licensed estheticians are needed to help both Wyoming residents and vacationing tourists look and feel their best.

There are many venues that require the work of a licensed esthetician in Wyoming such as:

  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Resorts and hotels
  • Medical spas
  • Plastic surgeon, chiropractic, and dermatology offices

If you are interested in a career as a licensed esthetician in the state of Wyoming, keep reading to find out what steps you need to follow in order to obtain licensure.

Esthetician License Requirements and Training Schools in Wyoming

Step 1: Complete a State Approved Esthetics Program

The Wyoming Board of Cosmetology requires that licensure applicants be at least 16 years of age and have completed a 10th-grade education or equivalent in order to qualify for state licensure.

You must also complete a formal education course of 600 hours; 590 hours of coursework and 10 discretionary hours. Theory and skin care will need to account for 180 hours while 200 hours will be spent on theory related to the chemistry of skin treatments and esthetics technology.

Once you have completed the theory portion of your training you will get to move onto 250 hours of practical hands-on training where you will apply what you have learned about skin care technology.

Once you have completed 100 hours of your practical skills training, you will be permitted to practice on real people in a controlled environment. You will be supervised by your instructor while performing tasks such as:

  • Facials
  • Makeup application
  • Waxing
  • Exfoliating
  • Skin analysis
  • Massage
  • Lash extensions

In addition, 50 of your course hours will need to be on the topic of professional standards and 10 will need to be on Wyoming laws surrounding the practice of esthetics.

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  • State Board Recognition
  • NACCAS Accreditation
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Step 2: Complete and Submit the Esthetician Application for Examination

Once you have completed your training course, you can apply and sit for your National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) written and practical exams.

To apply for the sthetician license exam you will need to:

  • Complete the Exam Application and sign it in the presence of a notary public
  • Attach a copy of your current license (if you are currently licensed)
  • Attach a copy of your government issued ID such as your driver’s license or passport (must not be expired)
  • Attach a copy of your Social Security card
  • Attach a copy of Proof of Lawful Presence (acceptable documentation is listed on the application)
  • Pay the examination fee of $123 (money order or cashier’s check only, made payable to the “Wyoming Board of Cosmetology”)

You will also need to request that any certifications of licensure or hours be sent directly to the Wyoming Cosmetology Board office. You cannot send the certification(s) yourself.

You will need to submit your application and supporting documents at least 15 days prior to your desired exam date.

Mail your completed, signed and notarized application, required documents, and fee payment to:

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
2515 Warren Avenue
Suite 302
Cheyenne, WY 82002


Step 3: Take and Pass the Written and Practical Esthetician Examinations

Preparing for the Written and Practical Exams

The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) recommends the following reference materials to help you prepare for and pass the written (theory) and practical esthetics exams, which can be purchased at discounted prices on Amazon:

We also recommend that you purchase and study the following books in preparation for your exams:


What to Bring to the Exam

You will take the written (theory) and practical exams on the same day. Both exams are given at the following location:

Parkway Plaza Hotel
123 West ‘E’ Street
Casper, WY 82602

You will need to ensure you bring the following items to your exams:

  • Your government issued identification
  • Your admission letter

In addition, you will need the following items for the practical exam:


The Written Esthetics Exam

You will have 90 minutes to complete the written (theory) exam. Questions in the written exam will be Scientific Concepts (65 percent) and Esthetics Practices (35 percent).

The esthetics written exam will include topics such as:

  • Microbiology
  • Infection control
  • Skin functions and analysis
  • Factors that impact the skin
  • Contraindications for services
  • Chemistry and skin care products

A detailed outline of the exam can be found in the written Candidate Information Bulletin.


The Practical Esthetics Exam

During each phase of the practical examination, you will be observed for following all rules of safety, infection control and client protection. You will also be timed duiring each phase.

The practical exam portion covers 9 different phases:

  1. Set Up and Client Protection (15 minutes)
  2. Cleansing the Face (10 minutes)
  3. Steaming the Face (10 minutes)
  4. Massaging the Face (10 minutes)
  5. Manual Extraction on the Forehead (10 minutes)
  6. Hair Removal of the Eyebrows (15 minutes)
  7. Hair Removal on Upper Lip (10 minutes)
  8. Facial Mask (10 minutes)
  9. Facial Make-up (20 minutes)

You must score a 75 percent or better on each exam in order to pass. You will receive your exam results within two weeks of your exam date. When you have passed both exams. The Wyoming Board of Cosmetology will issue you your esthetician license.


The Esthetician Independent Contractor’s License

In Wyoming, you have the option of obtaining an independent contractor license when you practice as an esthetician. As an independent contractor, you are required to work inside of a licensed establishment. Fees for an independent contractor license vary based on when you apply.

The license fee is $75 (plus a $4 credit card processing fee) unless you apply between June and August, in which case the fees are as follows:

  • June – $93
  • July – $87
  • August – $81

Along with the Application and Inspection Form for New Independent Contractor License, you will need to submit a schedule proposal to aid the state in scheduling your annual inspection. The salon owner must also sign the application form.

Complete and sign the application and return it to the State Board office at the following address:

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
2515 Warren Avenue
Suite 302
Cheyenne, WY 82002

It is also important to note that you will need to post your license and most recent inspection report at or near your workstation.


Step 4: Renew Your WY Esthetician License Every Two Years

Your first esthetician license is good for one year. After that, you will need to renew your Wyoming esthetician license once every two years during your birth month. However, if you have obtained an independent contractor license, you will need to renew your license every year by August 31st.

You will need to renew your license online and pay the $96 renewal fee. You may need to create an account before you can use the license renewal system.

Wyoming does not require continuing education credits for esthetician license renewal.


Esthetician License Reciprocity in Wyoming

In order to qualify for a Wyoming esthetician license via reciprocity, you will need to:

  • Hold a current license from another state in good standing
  • Be able to obtain Official Certification of Record(s) from the State of your original license and Certification or Verification from any State licensed by Endorsement
  • Have graduated from a State-licensed/authorized Cosmetology School
  • Have taken a written and practical exam given by the Board of Cosmetology or a Testing Company
  • Have at least 600 hours of formal esthetics training

If you do not meet the training hour requirements listed above you must prove at least one-year of work history.

The steps for applying are:

  • Complete and sign the the License Application in the presence of a notary public
  • Attach a copy of your current professional license
  • Attach a copy of your government issued ID
  • Attach a copy of your Social Security card
  • Attach a copy of Proof of Lawful Presence (acceptable documents are listed on the application)
  • Attach proof of one (1) year’s work history (if applicable)
  • Pay the $273 endorsement fee using a money order or cashier’s check (no personal checks) made payable to the “Wyoming Board of Cosmetology”


  • Pay the $278 endorsement fee (includes the $5 convenience fee) using a credit or debit card

You will also need to request all Certifications and/or Verifications be sent directly to the Wyoming Board Office. You cannot send the certification(s) yourself.

Mail your completed, signed, and notarized application, required documents, and fee payment to:

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
2515 Warren Avenue
Suite 302
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Once the State Board approves and processes your application, they will issue you a Wyoming esthetician license.


Wyoming State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
2515 Warren Avenue
Suite 302
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: (307) 777-3534
Fax: (307) 777-3681


Wyoming Written and Practical Exam Locations

Below is a map showing the locations of the written and practical exams administered by the Wyoming Board of Cosmetology. Before you arrive at the exam site, please be sure to call the Wyoming Board of Cosmetology at 307-777-3534 to confirm the exam site’s current address and inquire about their hours of operation.


Map of Written and Practical Exam Locations in Wyoming

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