California Adopts New Rules

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (Board) adopted new rules to the California Code of Regulations that change the instructional materials Board-approved schools must provide to students. The new rules will go into effect January 1, 2023. ASCP has summarized the rule changes for you below.

  • Previously, all textbooks had to be approved by the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC). This requirement has been removed.
  • Schools must now provide a current version of the licensing exam translation guides to students who intend to take exams in one of the non-English languages offered by the Board.
  • Board-approved schools must provide students enrolled in cosmetology, barbering, electrology, esthetics, and manicuring courses the following materials:
  1. At least one textbook relevant to the course of instruction the student is enrolled in
  2. A current version of the California Barbering and Cosmetology Act
  3. A current copy of the barbering and cosmetology regulations

Effective date: January 1, 2023.


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