Do you want to become a licensed beauty professional in California? First, you must consider training programs at an accredited beauty school like Salon Success Academy. Then, you need to meet specific California state board requirements and pass the licensing exams.

Fortunately, we have you covered. Salon Success Academy has trained over 20,000 of California’s cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, and nail technicians and helped them earn their licenses.

Check out the videos below to learn everything there is to know about the state board practical examination as per the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology of California.

Cosmetology Practical Examination Review

Are you ready for the cosmetology state board practical exam in California? Ms. Evelyn of Salon Success Academy: Upland walks you through the practical portion of the cosmetology state board examination. You’ll learn study tips and tricks that will help you prepare to become a licensed cosmetologist.


Barbering Practical Examination Review

Have you completed the 1,000 hours of training required to become a licensed barber in California? Ms. Britt of Salon Success Academy: Riverside leads you through the practical portion of the barbering state board practical examination. Ms. Britt offers tips and advice to help you pass your state board examination and become a licensed barber.

Esthetics Practical Examination Review

Are you studying to become a licensed esthetician in California? Ms. Luana of Salon Success Academy: Redlands guides you through the practical portion of the esthetics state board practical examination. You need to watch this video if you’re ready to pass your exam and become a licensed esthetician.


Manicuring / Nail Technician Practical Examination Review

Is the state board exam the only thing standing between you and your goal of becoming a licensed nail technician? Ms. Linda of Salon Success Academy: Upland instructs you through the practical portion of the manicuring state board practical examination. This video WILL help you pass your state board exam and become a licensed nail technician.

More Information

Please reference the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Practical Examination Candidate Information Bulletin for full official instructions. Visit and for the most current bulletin before testing.

Instruction varies from instructor to instructor, as well as from test examiner to test examiner. We understand that every person teaches the practical examination portion of the state board just a little differently. If at any time you are uncertain of what you should do, we recommend that you follow the guidance of your cosmetology instructor because the state board examiner will instruct you to do the same.

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“I attended the salon success academy part time night barbering program at the Riverside campus. It was a lifelong goal of mine to attend barbering school to pursue my passion!!! Not only administrators, but all the professors and students are amazing heartfelt people who truly love what they do. I highly recommend the school to anyone who wants to enter the beauty industry!!!!”

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Jose L.


“I recently graduated and I feel really prepared for my stateboard test! Ms. Vee and Mrs. Cierra did a wonderful job making sure I learned all the basics and real like situations! Ms. Linda also did a great job keeping in touch during distance learning to make sure I stayed on top of my hours! I would definitely recommend.”

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“I am writing this review because I find it very disheartening that only people that have negative things to say usually post a comment. I'm here to do the opposite. I've been at salon success academy Upland campus since February. I am in the cosmo program and a current student ambassador. I have had the best experience here. To be older and now getting to do something that I love and to come and be accepted was more than I could ask for . I have built lifelong friendships and have met teachers that I have come to admire. Anywhere in this world is going to have its ups and downs but it's not as bad as some say. I have been acknowledged when I do a good job and I have received constructive criticism on what to do better next time. If you're following the rules and doing what you came here to do then you will have no problems. The things that I have learned at this school will definitely make me a successful stylist when I leave. SO THANK YOU SALON SUCCESS.”

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