Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Exception to Training Requirement
Action 5615
General Information
Action Summary Current regulations require individuals with out of state training to complete “substantially equivalent” training to Virginia’s required training, however, substantially equivalent training is not defined, nor is there a pathway for otherwise competent individuals without substantially equivalent training to obtain a license. The Board seeks to revise its regulations to provide a definition of substantially equivalence for training and examinations, as well as allow individuals who have five years of licensed experience in another state to substitute their experience for substantially equivalent training.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006508]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9085 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/01/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.