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If you need information for the Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Esthetics, and Instructor examination select Exam Information.

Important Information - Updated: 04/15/21

EFFECTIVE 12/2020:

The North Carolina Blood Exposure Procedure has updated effective immediately. Please review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) for your discipline for the updated Blood Exposure Procedure.

EFFECTIVE 7/1/2020:

Candidates MUST use only DISINFECTING WIPES during the practical exams.

Spray disinfectants will not NOT be permitted.


NIC(the developer of the exam) realizes that disinfectant wipes are limited or unavailable and that this may have an impact on testing. NIC has authorized all of our test centers to accept that is the "best attempt" or "simulated product." Any candidate that does not have proper disinfectant wipes, they will not be deducted points on a temporary basis.

If you are unable to get disinfecting wipes you can simulate this and you will not be deducted points. You can simulate disinfectant wipes by using wet paper towels in a plastic, ziplock-type bag. You will need to make sure to still print off a label for an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe and put it on the bag as though there are real disinfectant wipes inside, and you will use them just as though they are disinfectant wipes.

Please note, during these temporary grading procedures, spray disinfectants are still NOT permitted.

These are temporary grading procedures. Please check our website prior to your exam to confirm these temporary grading procedures are still in effect. We will post an update 1-week prior to the expiration of these grading procedures.

All candidates are required to wear a face mask for their practical and written examinations.  If you show up to your scheduled examination without a face mask you will NOT be permitted to test and you will be required to reschedule and repay.

For states that require models: Models will also be required to wear a mask. If your model is not wearing a mask they will not be permitted into the exam. Please refer to the Candidate Handbook/CIB for information regarding whether your state requires models.


North Carolina available examination dates and spaces may be viewed at the following link:

This link shows availability only and is not where the exams are scheduled.  Once an exam application is approved an e-mail is sent to the candidate with their login and password information to schedule their examinations.

Testing candidates are able to schedule their own Practical Examinations utilizing Iso Quality Testings' (IQTs) Scheduling Portal in the same manner as they schedule their own written examinations. Candidates can log in and select the location, date and time that is convenient for them for the practical exam as well as for the written exam.  Practical exams are primarily administered in Raleigh but are also offered once a year in Hickory and in Wilmington.

Candidates are able to log into one scheduling portal to schedule both their written and practical examinations at a testing center that is convenient for them.

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