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State Board of Cosmetology

The State Board of Cosmetology regulates the practice and licensure of estheticians; nail technicians; cosmetologists and teachers of cosmetology; and cosmetology salons and schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board promulgates and enforces regulations for the examination and licensure of applicants to practice or teach cosmetology and to manage schools of cosmetology.

The Board also issues apprentice permits in appropriate circumstances as well as licenses to perform nail technology only, natural hair braiding only or practice esthetics only. The Board prescribes disinfection standards to be followed to prevent the creation or spread of infectious diseases.

SCAM ALERT—Scammers calling BPOA Licensee’s requesting “Over the Phone Inspection Fees” for previous inspections.

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs(BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from The Department’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) is calling applicants and licensees about inspections.  The scammer asks for a $5.00 credit card payment to proceed with an inspection.  Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft. 
Applicants and Licensees are urged to consider the following to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or Identity Theft:
·         BEI and or BPOA will NOT call applicants or licensees asking for payment over the phone.
·         If you get a call from someone asking for your credit card information, hang up and notify the Board Office.
·         Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
·         If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.