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Florida is a wonderful location to complete your cosmetology studies. In addition to a good choice of academies and colleges the climate is great for after-school recreation.

In order to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Florida, you first must complete a comprehensive program from a cosmetology school. The course needs to be at least 1,200 hours in length, and since The Florida Board of Cosmetology does not regulate these courses, it’s up to you to make sure that you’re completing the amount of hours necessary.

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After completing the required hours and earning your diploma or certificate, you will then need to complete and submit an Application for Initial License Based on Florida Education. You can go to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to find this application, complete it, and get the information you need to prepare for the cosmetology examinations that you must pass in order to earn your license. The website will also cover any fees you’ll need to pay in order to receive your license.

Once your application has been approved it’s time to take the tests. You’ll receive a written notice from a third party vendor, Pearson VUE, to schedule a date and time for your written exam. Each test lasts about two hours and after you’ve completed and passed them the Department will contact you to issue your brand new license.

All that is left now is to maintain your license. You’ll have to renew it on a biennial basis by completing at least sixteen continuing education units and covering the renewal fee. The Department website has a list of approved continuing education providers so finding the classes you need shouldn’t be a chore.

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Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy – Brandon-Tampa area

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy – Lakeland

Aveda Institute – Winter Park

Aveda Institute – Davie

Aveda Institute – Jacksonville

Aveda Institute – Tallahassee

Aveda Institute – Clearwater

Beauty Schools of America – Hialeah

Beauty Schools of America -Homestead

Beauty Schools of America -Miami


Beauty Schools of America -Miami Beach

Beauty Schools of America -North Miami Beach

Empire Beauty School – Fort Lauderdale-Lauderhill

Empire Beauty School – West Palm Beach

Regency Beauty Institute – Tampa

Regency Beauty Institute – Clearwater

Regency Beauty Institute – Fort Myers

Regency Beauty Institute – Orange Park

The Salon Professional Academy – Lady Lake

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers – Hollywood


Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers – Miami Beach

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers – Casselberry

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers – West Palm Beach

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL skyline
Ft. Lauderdale, FL skyline by Cary Michael Bass CC BY-SA 3.0


More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list Florida schools for nail technicians, estheticians, barbers and makeup artists.

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American Academy of Cosmetology – Delray Beach

American Institute – Ft. Lauderdale-Margate

American Institute of Beauty Inc. – Clearwater area-Largo

Boca Beauty Academy – Boca Raton

Cozmo The School – Naples

Daytona College – Ormond Beach

Florida Academy – Fort Myers

Florida Technical College – Deland, Pembroke Pines

Fortis Institute – Pensacola

Hair Benders Academy – Longwood

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers

International Academy – South Daytona

International Hair and Barber Academy – Boca Raton

Loraine’s Academy – St Petersburg

Meridian College – Sarasota – Bradenton-Sarasota

Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty – Lake Park

Shear Excellence Hair Academy – Tampa

Summit Salon Academy – Tampa

Sunstate Academy – Clearwater, Fort Myers

The Hair Design Institute – Apopka, Boynton Beach

Virginia College – Jacksonville, St. Petersburg

Did we miss any schools for cosmetology schools in Florida in this list? Please let us know.