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questions or concerns about the contents of this newspaper and believe that

it may affect you as a licensee, you may write to the address listed above.

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

State of California

Department of Consumer Affairs

P.O. Box 944226

Sacramento, CA 94244-2260


Kristy Underwood — Executive Officer

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Testing Tips

Even under the best circumstances, taking an ex-

amination can cause stress and anxiety. But candidates

who are misinformed about the Board of Barbering and

Cosmetology’s examination process or don’t under-

stand what is expected of them can have an especially

difficult time. In an effort to lessen anxiety and prevent

misinformation, the Board offers the following tips:

When you receive your examination admission letter

in the mail, be sure to carefully read ALL the enclosed

information. Check the date, time, location and lan-

guage of the examination, and read all the enclosures.

If any of the information is incorrect, contact the Board


You should also check the Board’s Web site at fo

r the most current Candi-

date Information Bulletin (CIB). The CIB is designed to

give the candidates a comprehensive overview of both

the written and practical examination. It also includes

the verbal instructions the examiners will read and the

tasks that candidates need to perform during the prac-

tical examination.

The CIB includes a list of supplies you will need to

bring with you for the practical portion of the examina-

tion. You may decide to rent or purchase supplies from

a “kit company,”but keep in mind that these are private

companies and that the Board is not affiliated with

them and has no control over their services. It is the

applicant’s responsibility to check the kit and make sure

all the items listed on the CIB are there and conform to

the directions on the CIB. For instance, manufacturer’s

labels are required on all disinfectants and sanitizers.

Any deviation may result in lost points. The fact that the

kit company assured you that the labels were accept-

able for the examination will not make any difference.

Make sure you check the kit beforehand. Metal imple-

ments should be clean, rust-free and ready to use.

Approximately two weeks after receiving the

admission letter, you should receive a candidate

handbook from PSI (the company that the Board

contracts with to give the computer-based written

examination). The handbook will have your written

examination time. PSI offers information to familiarize

candidates with the computer-based testing format at


You are not allowed to reschedule

your practical examination date for any reason. If you

miss or are late for your examination, you will lose

your examination fee and will be required to apply for

re-examination by submitting a new application and

fee. On the other hand, you may reschedule a written

examination without forfeiting your fee provided your

cancellation is received 2 days prior to the scheduled

examination date. You may reschedule your written

examination online at

or you may call PSI at 1-877-392-6422.

The Examination:

The Board’s licensing examina-

tion is a standardized examination. It consists of both

a written and practical portion in which you will be

required to actually perform various services. Please