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Cosmeticians, Cosmetology and Esthetics

Examination Information

National Examination:
In Nebraska, applicants for an initial license are required to take the NIC written examination which satisfies both written and practical examination requirements (there is NO hands-on practical exam).
PSI (formerly LASERGRADE) will administer the computer-based examination at sites in Nebraska as well as other locations throughout the United States.
To apply for the examination, you MUST submit to the Department a complete license application.

When the department accepts your application, we will send you an authorization letter advising that you are eligible to take the examination and will provide the PSI phone number and web site address to register.  NOTE:  Nebraska requires the test to be administered in English.
For additional information, you may download a Candidate Information Bulletin regarding payment procedures, scheduling process, cancellation policy, examination locations, etc. at
Results:  You will be given same-day results; however, the testing company will send an official score report to the Department. Within 5-10 days from receipt of the official score report, the Department will notify applicants of licensure or denial.
Re-Testing:  Applicants who are not successful in passing the examination may retake the exam using their current Authorization letter until it expires.  The applicant will be required to pay the examination fee for the computer-based examination each time the test is taken.

Jurisprudence Examination: 
This examination is a free open book examination and is 50 multiple-choice questions relating to cosmetology or esthetic practice.
The jurisprudence examination may be taken as continuing education or as one of the conditions of probation if you were issued a probationary license by this office.  The passing score on this examination is 75%.  Those passing the exam will receive a certificate of completion.
Review materials can be found at:



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