Arizona is a dry place, if we’re talking about the weather. But the people are great, and the style is one-of-a-kind! As the beauty industry continues to grow across the country, Arizona is a great place for those of us who love making others feel good about their looks and take care of their skin. If that sounds like you, you may consider attending one or more beauty schools.

Arizona cosmetologists can choose to specialize to keep their education flexible. But it all begins with finding the right college.

Phoenix Arizona skyline
Phoenix Arizona skyline

How Long Is The Training To Become A Cosmetologist At Arizona Beauty Schools?

To get started on your cosmetology license in Alabama, you need to start with a course from an accredited school. You can choose a vocational school program between 12 to 18 months, or go for a full cosmetology degree, which is usually 2 years long.

You will learn everything from makeup techniques and colour theory, to the study of skin structure and even electrolysis, depending on your program.

There are no age limitations, but you must prove you’ve had at least two years of high school before you begin. In fact you may even be able to start your training while at high school.

You might also decide to specialize as a nail technician or esthetician or skin care specialist. It’s a faster program, since they both only take 500 hours and can possibly be done at night or part time. But it might impact your career options later on.

In any case you can enter your ZIP below to see what schools are available near you:

Getting Your License

You must apply to the board for your license before you take the exam. As part of your application you prove your education level, your course grades and hours, and add your graduation certificate, passport-sized photo and proof of your citizenship. Once you’ve been approved you can take the exams.

Arizona offers the National Cosmetologist exam through PSI. Once you’ve applied and scheduled at a PSI testing site, you must get a 75% on both the theory and practical exams to pass.


If you have an active license in another state, but are looking to work in Arizona as a cosmetologist, you might be eligible for reciprocity. You must submit an application to the State Board, and submit evidence that you are licensed, and passed your exams. Contact the state board for information on which states have reciprocity agreements with Arizona.

How To Renew Your Beauty License In AZ

Your Arizona cosmetology license is renewed once a year. The due date is your birthday. There are no continuing education requirements. But if you want to stay current with new techniques and treatments, you should spend time at trade shows, and invest in constantly upgrading your techniques.

Finding Work

There are plenty of opportunities for a cosmetologist in Arizona. Whether you choose to work at a beauty salon, or spa, full-time or part time, or even run your own business, you are sure to find a great place to grow your career. Check this site if you’re looking for work. Your school might also offer a great opportunity to get started in an established salon or spa to hone your skills.

Also, how to find beauty schools nearby.

Aveda Institute – Tucson

Aveda Institute – Tempe

Brillare Hairdressing Academy – Phoenix

Brillare Hairdressing Academy – Scottsdale

CCIC of Cosmetology – Peoria

Coming Attractions Beauty Academy – Kingman

Modern Techniques Beauty College – Lake Havasu City

Empire Beauty School – Avondale-Goodyear

Empire Beauty School – Phoenix-Glendale

Empire Beauty School – Phoenix-Paradise Valley

Empire Beauty School – Prescott

Empire Beauty School – Chandler-Gilbert

Empire Beauty School – Tucson-University Area

Empire Beauty School – Flagstaff

Empire Beauty School – Glendale

Empire Beauty School – North Tucson-Mall Area

Paul Mitchell The School – Phoenix

Toni & Guy Academy – Scottsdale

Regency Beauty Institute – Mesa

Regency Beauty Institute – Phoenix

Other Arizona schools for makeup artists, estheticians, nail techs and barbers.

School Websites for the top beauty schools in Arizona:

Arizona Academy of Beauty

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