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.
SUBJECT: SCAM ALERT—BEI will not call you asking for credit
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
received a report that a person pretending to be an inspector from BEI (Bureau
of Enforcement and Investigation) is calling nail salons about inspections. The scammer asks for a $3.00 credit card
payment to proceed with the inspection and threatens a $1,500 fine if the fee
is not paid immediately. This is a scam!
Licensees for all types of salons are urged to consider the
The Department of State/BEI will not contact you by telephone
requesting credit card information.
The Department of State/BEI does not charge for
routine inspections of existing salons.
give your personal or financial information over the phone.
If you get a call from someone asking for your
credit card information, hang up and call your local police department.
Please note that neither
the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal
advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the
law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any
given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or
professional organization for advice or guidance.