Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
1929 Gateway Circle • Grove City, Ohio 43123
Local: (614) 466-3834 • Statewide: 1-866-642-6723
By now you have received your license renewal information for the 2013-2015 licensing period. Online renewals started on the first of the month, and continue through January 31, 2013.
When you receive your license, you will notice that State Board has made some modifications to the license, vs. the 2011-2013 licenses. Included on the new license are different color schemes, as well as the address of the salon on the salon license. There are also certain watermarks and identifying characteristics on each license that only a State Board of Cosmetology Inspector knows to look for. These watermarks are there for your protection, so that nobody can illegally copy or use your license in any way.
Please remember, that the smaller card that you were mailed is to be used to buy Cosmetology supplies and for continuing education classes. The smaller card is a courtesy to you, but it is not your actual license. Your license must be displayed at all times in the salon that you are actually working.
For your convenience, you have been mailed your User Name and Password to successfully complete online renewals. It is very important to you to retain this information in a place where you can find it, as the User Name and Password are assigned to you and does not change.
Importantly, if you lose your User Name and Password after it has already been mailed to you once, The Board has come up with a quicker and easier mechanism to retrieve that lost information. Do not call the Board Offices, as the overabundance of phone calls for people who have lost this information frequently jams the phone lines, inconveniences callers, and makes it difficult to get in touch with you with this information on a timely basis.
Instead, the electronic mail address Renewals@cos.state.oh.us has been set up to help you to request your user name and password. This will be quicker and easier for you and for the Board. Because this information has already been mailed to you once, as a convenience for our customers and in order for our staff to better and more quickly serve you, questions about user name and password will be answered online or through electronic mail only. Phone callers will be asked to go to The Board’s website for this service.
We hope that this will be a smooth and easy process and your participation is greatly appreciated.
Continuing Education (CE) classes for the 2011-2013 renewal must be taken between February 1, 2011 and January 31, 2013. When taking a CE course, licensees are required to sign-in to the class using their name and Board identification number (e.g. COSM.991234). Upon completion of the course, licensees should receive a certificate of completion. The certificate should indicate the date, location, hours received, CE approval number, and name of course. Under no circumstance can a CE class be duplicated during a renewal period. During the CE audit the Board may request proof of completion of CE hours. Therefore, the certificate should be retained in a safe and accessible place.
All CE classes intended to be used for license renewal must have pre-approval by the Board. It is the responsibility of the licensee to distinguish if a CE class has been approved. Approved classes are listed on the Board website www.cos.ohio.gov . Also, licensees should ask the provider of the class if Board approval has been obtained. If there are questions regarding specific CE course content, loss of a certificate of completion, directions, etc. please contact the provider of the class directly.
The Board does not accept out-of-state classes towards personal license renewal unless class has been pre-approved by the Board.
Any course that is designated for Instructor CE must meet the following guidelines:
• Course must be designed for instructor CE only, cannot be in combination with other scope of practice material.
• Curriculum for instructor only classes must be comprised of topics from the list promulgated by the “Board” to include one or more of the following:
Career Technical Teachers may submit a transcript from a college or university as proof of post graduate work. Transcript/proof of completion and/or questions should be emailed to email@example.com.
If this is your first Ohio license, you are not required to take continuing education (CE) for this renewal cycle. However, it is required that the renewal fee be paid to keep a license active.
Licensees age sixty-five or older before January 31 of a renewal period are exempt from the requirement to obtain continuing education hours for the renewal of their active license. However, it is required that the renewal fee be paid to keep a license active.
Licensees with an escrowed license must continue to pay the renewal fee each period. Failure to pay renewal fee will result in license going into a lapsed status. At the time a licensee wishes to remove a license from escrow, proof of the appropriate number of continuing education hours must be provided. Please contact the Board directly for more information.
If a renewal fee has not been received for two (2) consecutive renewal periods that license will go into a lapsed status. Once a license is lapsed it is required that the licensee pay all back fees and obtain up to twenty-four (24) hours of CE to return a license to an ACTIVE state. Please contact the Amnesty Department of the Board directly for more information.
In the January 2012 edition of the Ohio Stylist there was an article that spoke about the fact that porous nail implements are not to be disinfected. All nail files, pumice stones, buffer blocks and wooden sticks are to be used one time and disposed of. If it says on the nail file it can be disinfected the board is not allowing it. A porous item cannot be disinfected, therefore, the file is still contaminated.
There are many one time use systems on the market that are very cost effective. If you do a cost analysis of the supplies needed for a nail service it will be about $1.50 - $2.00 for supplies. In this day of communicable disease being on the rise it is very important to protect your clients.
Our obligation to our customers and to the public are to perform services in an excellent as well as highly sanitary manner. Porous nail implements are unsanitary and cannot be disinfected once they are used. State Board’s rules were made to protect the public, and that is why this is against the rules.
Think about it, if you went to a fast food restaurant for a soda and they washed and said that they disinfected the paper cups would you use it ? Now think, if that same cup has been used ten times. Well, you get the picture. Porous objects cannot be disinfected and cannot be re-used in Ohio salons.
Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
1929 Gateway Circle
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Local: (614) 466-3834
Fax: (614) 644-6880
Executive Director: James Trakas
Kimberly Thomas, Chairwoman, Salon Owner
Steve Thompson, Independent Contractor
Valerie J. Benfer, Cosmetologist & Salon Owner
NeCole Cumberlander, School Owner
Dr. Marilyn Huheey, Medical Doctor
Bernadine Neal, Cosmetology Instructor
Delores Gillis, Cosmetologist
Thomas Taneff, General Public
Clara Osterhage, Multiple Salon Owner