Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - Continuing Education

Iowa Department of Public Health has discovered the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. The Bureau of Professional Licensure recognizes several continuing education classes in Iowa have been cancelled. Several classes are now offered online. The Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences is able to provide links to online programs you may want to consider if you are in a renewal period. The Board does not endorse any specific program.  In no way should the list be interpreted as the Board's sponsorship or approval of these courses. The list is not exhaustive. When evaluating if a course meets Iowa standards, be sure to review Chapter 64 then call your local cosmetology school, community college, or barber school for guidance. 

To meet continuing education requirements be sure to save your record of registration and the notice of cancellation of the event for your records. You may need to file a waiver with the Board if you are not able to access an online class.   

If you offer cosmetology continuing education classes online and want to be on this list? Please email plpublic@idph.iowa.gov   


Licensee Responsibility

Licensees are responsible for meeting all continuing education requirements and should review the Rules carefully and frequently. Scroll through the Rules for detailed information about Continuing Education Definitions, Requirements, Standards, Criteria, and other important content specific to this profession.

Important Information About Continuing Education

Individuals who hold multiple Cosmetology-related licenses should read the following document.

Important Guidelines

Continuing Education Opportunities

The Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences does not preapprove continuing education courses for individual providers but your continuing education chapter 64 includes a list of entities who may offer or sponsor these courses. Begin your search for continuing education courses by contacting licensed Iowa schools or associations of cosmetology or barbering as well as local universities and colleges to find out what they have to offer for scope of practice hours and Iowa laws and rules and sanitation. 

Please be sure whomever you select is on the list of entities who may provide or sponsor continuing education courses AND that they will issue a certificate that meets the requirements as outlined in IAC 645 Chapter 64. 

Iowa’s Cosmetology and Barbering Association cbiowa.org 

Iowa's Licensed Cosmetology School

Iowa's Licensed Barbering Schools

Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://ibplicense.iowa.gov

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays