Cosmetology Schools in West Virginia

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Academy of Careers and Technology

390 Stanaford Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Carver Career and Technical Education Center – Accredited

4799 Midland Drive
Charleston, WV 25306

Charleston School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

210 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Clarksburg Beauty Academy & School of Massage Therapy – Accredited

120 South Third Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301

Fred W Eberle Technical Center

208 Morton Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Huntigton School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

5636 U.S. Route 60 East Suite 2
Huntington, WV 25705

International Beauty School 4 – Accredited

201 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Laurel College of Technology

200 Wedgewood Drive
Morgantown, WV 26501

Mercer County Technical Education Center

1397 Stafford Drive
Princeton, WV 24740

Morgantown Beauty College Inc – Accredited

276 Walnut Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

New River Community and Technical College

280 University Drive
Beaver, WV 25813

Roane-Jackson Technical Center

9450 Spencer Road
Leroy, WV 25252

Smith Academy of Salon Professionals – Accredited

1050 Adams Avenue
Huntington, WV 25704
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in West Virginia

West Virginia Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,800 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in West Virginia is $20,830 ($10.02/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 15% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

When you think about all of the different opportunities in the beauty industry, it's obvious why this is a great field to start your career in.

West Virginia cosmetology professionals work a range of schedules in many employment settings, so you may use your education to find an opportunity that fits your needs.

State License Requirements

1,800 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Cosmetology schools in WV aim to prepare you for the licensing exams required in this state. All of your application paperwork and testing paperwork should go through the West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. They charge a $35 licensing fee. You must also pay a $99 fee to take the written, practical, and state law exams. The board verifies that you have completed at least 1800 hours of training at an approved cosmetology school in WV.

Education Details

If a cosmetology career may be in your future, finding the right school is the first step. Finding a school that fits your learning style and career goals can empower you to grow and succeed throughout your career. Theory and practice should be interwoven throughout your training, although you may not begin working with real clients until you have completed a certain amount of hours. Students who attend accredited cosmetology schools in West Virginia should get plenty of experience in the following topics.

West Virginia Beauty Courses

  • Professional development
  • Salon management
  • Sanitation and infection control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Skin diseases and disorders
  • Principles of hair design
  • Scalp care, shampooing, and conditioning
  • Haircutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Braiding and extensions
  • Wigs and hair additions
  • Chemical texture services
  • Hair coloring
  • Esthetics
  • Skin disorders and diseases
  • Nail technology

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in West Virginia happens every year, with all licenses expiring on December 31 of each year and renewal beginning in January. West Virginia requires cosmetologists to have 4 hours of cosmetology continuing education during each licensure period. The cost to renew a practitioner's license is $35.

West Virginia Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in West Virginia

Your income depends on whether you work in a salon, spa, or beauty shop, as well as which part of the state you live in. The average salary for a West Virginia cosmetologist is $20,830 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Beauty is truly a universal industry. Everyone needs beauty services, whether they have the same haircut for decades or they like to change their style every month. By developing your skills and your client communication skills, you can build strong connections with customers from different backgrounds and create a client base.

Contact the West Virginia State Board of Cosmetology

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

The state of West Virginia has seen the cosmetology industry take hold and become a viable career path. There are aspects of cosmetology that fit well with the spirited sense of individualism that makes the state as distinctive as it is. Anyone looking to join those ranks make it a point to get information from these groups.

Associated Hair Professionals
American Association of Cosmetology Schools

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