Cosmetology Schools in Wisconsin

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Aveda Institute – Accredited

353 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI 53715

(608) 250-3100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Barbering

940 Hansen Road
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

5655 South 27th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

327 East Saint Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 227-2889
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

2310 West Court Street
Janesville, WI 53548

(630) 528-3330
Cosmetology, Barbering

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Academy of Beauty Professionals – Accredited

525 Westhill Boulevard
Appleton, WI 54914

Academy of Beauty Professionals – Accredited

2575 West Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54303

Academy of Beauty Professionals – Accredited

6414 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719

Advanced College of Cosmetology – Accredited

25 West Main Street
Waupun, WI 53963

Bella Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1440 South 39th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Chanell Ardor Schools of Beauty and Culture – Accredited

1810 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53713

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 West Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

First Class Cosmetology School – Accredited

306 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 North Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI 54912

Gateway Technical College

3520 30Th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144

Herzing University-Brookfield

15895 West Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005

Herzing University-Madison

5218 East Terrace Drive
Madison, WI 53718

Kristy Maries School Of Cosmetology – Accredited

1444 Horicon Street
Mayville, WI 53050

Mid-State Technical College

500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Moraine Park Technical College

235 North National Avenue
Fond Du Lac, WI 54936

Nicolet Area Technical College

5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

2740 West Mason St
Green Bay, WI 54303

Panache Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1120 Zap Drive
Baraboo, WI 53913

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

7021 Tree Lane
Madison, WI 53717

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

11415 West Burleigh Street Suite 107
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

1800 Bronson Boulevard
Fennimore, WI 53809

State College of Beauty Culture – Accredited

1930 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403

The Professional Hair Design Academy – Accredited

3408 Mall Drive Eau
Eau Claire, WI 54701

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

3355 West College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54915

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

3701 80th Street Suite B
Kenosha, WI 53142

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

566 Theater Road
Onalaska, WI 54650

VICI Beauty School – Accredited

4111 South 108th Street
Greenfield, WI 53228

Visions in Hair Design Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

7213 West Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI 53210

Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

1900 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

600 North 21st Street
Superior, WI 54880
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,550 education hours or 4,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Wisconsin is $26,420 ($12.70/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 6% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

Are you looking for a career that offers room for professional growth, plenty of different work settings, and the chance to make a difference? Cosmetology is a field that does all of this and more.

This field is growing across the country, making this a great time to finally take the plunge.

State License Requirements

1,550 Education Hours OR 4,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

After finishing your training, you can contact the Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board to schedule your licensing exams. You have to pass both a practical exam and a written exam. In total, you must pay $391 in fees to get your license.

Education Details

Your clients deserve the best, and attending cosmetology school in Wisconsin can show you how to deliver the best every single time. Approved schools must provide you with at least 1550 hours of education. The majority of this is hands-on practice, but you do spend some time on cosmetology theory. Keep reading to learn more about topics that must be taught at Wisconsin cosmetology schools.

Topics at Cosmetology Schools in Wisconsin

  • Hygiene and grooming
  • Bacteriology, sanitation, and sterilization
  • Hair cutting and hair tapering
  • Razor cutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Curling
  • Finger waving
  • Roller setting
  • Blowdrying
  • Shampoos
  • Scalp and hair treatments
  • Hair analysis
  • Hair straightening
  • Hair relaxing
  • Thermal hair straightening
  • Blowouts
  • Hair coloring and bleaching
  • Cosmetology chemistry
  • Shaving
  • Beard and mustache shaping
  • Produce use and knowledge

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Wisconsin happens every two years in March of odd-numbered years. The cost is $82 to renew licenses, or an additional $25 if the license is renewed after March 31. Starting in 2015, Wisconsin voted to require the completion of continuing education credits. During each two-year renewal cycle, you must complete four hours of continuing education. One hour must focus on cosmetology laws and three hours must focus on safety, sanitation, and infection control.

Wisconsin Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Wisconsin

Currently, Wisconsin cosmetologists claim an average income of $26,420 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). Your income potential may vary, depending on the type of salon you work for, which part of Wisconsin you are in, and how many clients you have. Your client base is a significant part of this, since tips are often a big part of a cosmetologist's income.

Starting a career in the cosmetology industry may offer you plenty of benefits. Licensed cosmetologists can work in salons, spas, beauty shops, and specialty shops. Salons are open a wide variety of hours, so you may be able to find an employer that fits your unique scheduling needs.

Contact the Wisconsin State Board of Cosmetology

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Department of Safety and Professional Services

For cosmetologists in Wisconsin, personal grooming is tinged with some Midwestern charm. Many find this to be a rewarding career path that ties them into communities. Those that would be interested in this profession, consult these organizations to find out more.

Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
Professional Beauty Association
American Association of Cosmetology Schools


How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State