Section .0700 - School Licensure, Operations, Closing and relocating schools


21 NCAC 14T .0701          School Operations/Licensure Maintenance

(a)  No individual shall be given credit for any hours earned in a cosmetic art school before the date the school is granted a license, before the student is enrolled or after graduation or withdrawal without a new enrollment.

(b)  All Cosmetic Art schools must submit hours of operation per cosmetic art discipline to the Board. Any changes to the hours of operation must be submitted to the Board.  A school will be considered open by the Board when cosmetic art instruction, services or performances are provided.

(c)  Students may be required to clean and disinfect work areas, reception areas, implements and the dispensary. Students shall not be required to perform regular maintenance.

(d)  All cosmetic art schools must adhere to all Board sanitation regulations located in 21 NCAC 14H Sanitation.

(e)  Cosmetic art schools may permit students to leave the cosmetic art school during instructional time to visit on campus libraries and other educational resource rooms such as computer labs for research and study under the supervision of a cosmetic art instructor.

(f)  Cosmetic art schools shall use the following grading scale as a minimum for passing grades:

Grade A


Grade B


Grade C


Grade F (Fail)


(g)  Cosmetic art schools shall not graduate any student who has not met the minimum school and Board requirements for graduation.

(h)  Examinations shall be administered in all subjects of the cosmetic art curriculum.

(i)  Students present at school must be supervised by a cosmetic art teacher at all times.  If a guest lecturer is leading a class, at least one cosmetic art teacher must be present in the lecture.

(j)  All cosmetic art schools shall provide:

(1)           One teacher for every 25 students enrolled in the beginner department;

(2)           One teacher for every 20 students during practical work on live models in the advanced department; and

(3)           Cosmetic art teachers at a ratio of 1:25 teacher to teacher trainees; or

(A)          one teacher and up to 25 beginner cosmetic art students and 5 teacher trainees; or

(B)          one teacher and up to 20 cosmetic art students in practice on the clinic floor and 5 teacher trainees.

(k)  In theory classes the teacher-student ratio may exceed the ratios established in this Rule.

(l)  The teacher student ratios established in this Rule shall be adhered to when schools are in operation.

(m)  A teacher shall not administer instruction to students enrolled in beginner and advanced departments at the same time.

(n)  At no time can any one teacher be simultaneously responsible for students in a theory class and students in practice on the clinic floor.

(o)  In cases of change in teaching staff, the school shall notify the Board of the change in writing prior to beginning instruction.  A change in teaching staff includes any substitution for the regularly scheduled teacher and any change, scheduled or otherwise, in the list of teachers last given to the Board.

(1)           All courses in a cosmetic art school must be taught by a licensed cosmetology teacher, except that manicuring courses may be taught by either a licensed cosmetology teacher or a licensed manicurist teacher, natural hair care courses may be taught by either a licensed cosmetology teacher or a licensed natural hair care teacher, and esthetics courses may be taught by either a licensed cosmetology teacher or a licensed esthetician teacher.

(2)           A licensed cosmetologist not licensed as a cosmetology teacher may substitute for a cosmetology, esthetician, natural hair care or manicurist teacher; a licensed manicurist not licensed as a manicurist teacher may substitute for a manicurist teacher; a licensed natural hair care specialist not licensed as a natural hair care teacher may substitute for a natural hair care teacher; and a licensed esthetician not licensed as an esthetician teacher may substitute for an esthetician teacher.

(p)  In no event may any cosmetic art licensee substitution last for more than 15 consecutive working days per year per teacher.  If any teacher substitution is 16 consecutive days or longer, the school must provide a new cosmetic art teacher.

(q)  Enrolled students may earn a maximum of 10 hours per day per discipline of cosmetic art and a maximum of 48 hours per week per discipline.  A student enrolled in more than one cosmetic art discipline may not earn hours or complete performances concurrently.

(r)  A cosmetic art student must complete at least 1/3 of the minimum required hours in the cosmetic art school certifying his or her application for the state board examination.

(s)  Upon written petition by the student and the school, the Board shall make an exception to the requirements set forth in Paragraph (r) of this Rule if the student shows that circumstances beyond the student's control prohibited him or her from completing a minimum of 1/3 hours at the school certifying his or her application.

(t)  The Board shall certify student hours for any North Carolina cosmetic art school that is closed.  The Board shall not certify student hours between any North Carolina open cosmetic art schools.  The Board shall certify student hours earned at North Carolina cosmetic art schools to other state boards and schools open outside of the state of North Carolina as set forth in Rule .0502 of this Subchapter.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 88B-2; 88B-4; 88B-16;

Eff. February 1, 2012;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2013; October 1, 2012.