Early Exam Access Now Available to Eligible Washington Students

On April 13, the Washington legislature adopted House Bill 1017 (HB 1017), which may expedite licensure for estheticians, cosmetologists, hair designers, barbers, and manicurists. This law goes into effect July 23, 2023.

HB 1017 allows an exam applicant within 100 hours of completing their training program to register for and take their state licensing examination before they have completed the required number of instructional hours.

Note: If an applicant passes their state exam, they still must complete the required number of instructional hours before becoming fully licensed.

Effective date: July 23, 2023.

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