Becoming a Cosmetologist in Minnesota

Your passion for hair runs deep. It may have always always been there, or it may be something that you have recently fallen in love with. No matter how you have found yourself on this path, you have probably begun to consider a career in beauty, and it’s no wonder! With so many career options available, an education in beauty could lead to a successful future.

If you are considering a career in beauty, make sure to find a school that fits your career goals and personality. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Rochester we are dedicated to helping you achieve success. You can find out more about our program on our blog.

Whether you have found the perfect program for you, or are still looking, be ready for the education journey ahead of you by understanding the education and licensing requirements in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota Cosmetology Requirements

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To gain a cosmetology license in Minnesota you are required to attend 1550 hours of practical and theory classes in order to meet state requirements. In the cosmetology program at TSPA Rochester you can have the opportunity to obtain the skill and technical knowledge that can help you build a successful career.

Education Requirements

The first 240 hours of instruction are dedicated to theory and science-based classes as per Minnesota guidelines. Developing a knowledge in these topics can help you, as a beauty student, create a strong foundation to last throughout your career.

The foundational topics that are covered in TSPA Rochester’s cosmetology program include:

  • Anatomy
  • Dermatology
  • Chemistry
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Sanitation

The practical and technical skills taught and practiced in TSPA Rochester’s cosmetology program include:

    • Shampooing and conditioning of hair.
    • Hair design and shaping.
    • Hair styling and cutting
    • Chemical relaxing and waving
    • A knowledge in esthetics including facials
    • Makeup application and design
    • Waxing and non-electronic hair removal
    • Care of health of skin and nails
    • Manicures and pedicures

Separated out into 1,130 hours of practical learning and skill and 420 hours of theory and sciences, the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester works to exceed the minimum requirements of the state of Minnesota so as to help our students build the future they dream of.

Licensing Process and Requirements

students taking a test in a classroom

Once you have completed your cosmetology program at a state-approved campus, you are ready to begin your testing and licensing process.


In the state of Minnesota both a written and practical exam are required so as to successfully assess an applicant’s skills and knowledge. Both of these tests are administered by PSI and can be scheduled on their website.

Practical Testing

Often overseen by a licensed professional and state official, this exam tests the skill in a practical environment. Assessing everything from cutting, to styling to chemical processes, a practical exam is meant to determine if it is up to the standard that the state standard.

Written Testing

Much like the tests that you have taken throughout your education, this assessment asks questions about your skills and theory knowledge, verifying that you possess the correct knowledge to properly manage your clients and perform your duties.


Once you have completed your program hours and passed your written and practical exams you are able to apply for licensure. Applying for licensure in Minnesota is a simple process that once completed and submitted along with your application fee will be processed within 15 days.

Your journey toward becoming a licensed cosmetologist is a beautiful one let The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester support your from the first cut to the last.

For more information about our programs, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. At TSPA Rochester we are dedicated to you, and to your future.