Selecting a Shop/Salon and Supervisor

Before applying for an apprenticeship, the apprentice applicant must find a sponsor to supervise his/her apprenticeship.  The supervisor must hold a current Delaware license as a cosmetologist, barber, nail technician, electrologist or aesthetician. In addition, the supervisor must be qualified to supervise the apprentice as follows:

  • A cosmetologist, barber, nail technician, electrologist or aesthetician may supervise an apprenticeship in their own type of licensure. For example, a barber may supervise a barber apprentice.
  • A cosmetologist may also supervise a nail technician apprentice or aesthetician apprentice.
  • A cosmetology instructor may supervise a barber apprentice only if the cosmetology instructor has completed 35 hours of training in shaving.

A supervisor is permitted to supervise no more than two apprentices at a time.

The shop/salon selected must hold a current professional Cosmetology/Barbering Establishment license. It must employ at least one person licensed in the profession in which the apprentice is being trained. A shop owner cannot work as an apprentice in his/her own shop (24 Del. C. §5121 (d)).

Filing the Application

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Apprenticeship. The apprentice applicant, shop/salon owner and person who will be supervising the apprentice’s training must all sign the application form.
  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Submit proof that you have a high school education equivalent to completing at least the 10th grade. Arrange for the Board office to receive one of the following as proof of your high school education:
    • If you went to high school in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, arrange for the Board office to receive your diploma, GED certificate or an official high school transcript.
      • The high school must send the transcripts directly to the Board office.
      • If your document is not in English, you must arrange for the Board office to receive a translation.
    • If you went to school outside the U.S. or its territories, arrange for the Board office to receive a credential evaluation to determine if your education is equivalent to Delaware’s requirement.
    • Agencies that provide credentialing and translation services are listed on

Documenting Apprenticeship Hours

The supervisor and apprentice should maintain records of the hours accrued on the Verification of Apprenticeship Hours form at the end of the application.






18 months – 36 months



18 months – 36 months

Nail Technician


6 weeks – 12 months



15 weeks – 12 months



30 weeks – 24 months

  • If the apprentice leaves the supervision of the sponsor approved for the internship before the apprenticeship ends, the supervisor must submit the Verification of Apprenticeship Hours form to show the hours accrued under his/her supervision.
  • If the apprentice is unable to complete the required hours within the required timeframe, submit a request for extension to the Board in writing before the apprenticeship ends. Include a statement explaining why the apprenticeship was not completed.  The Board will not accept requests submitted after the apprenticeship ends. See Section 3.9 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

Applying for Licensure and Registering for the Examination

When the apprenticeship hours are completed,

  • The apprentice contacts Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS), the testing service, to complete the application for examination and to register for the exam. The application/registration must be filed no later than 60 days before the examination date. For information about applying and registering, see Examinations.

Direct all questions about the examination to Professional Credential Services, Inc.!