Cosmetology apprenticeship program

Learn how to become a cosmetology apprentice or how to become an apprentice training salon.

About apprentice programs

The apprenticeship program is an alternative to attending a traditional cosmetology school.

As an apprentice, you can get paid to earn hours in a licensed apprentice training salon. After you complete the required training and pass the state-approved practical and written exams that D.L. Roope administers, you may apply for a cosmetology license.

Become an apprentice

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) oversees all apprenticeship programs for Washington State. See detailed information about apprenticeship programs on the L&I website.

You can search on the L&I website for approved apprentice programs and their contact information. Contact the program directly to inquire if they are accepting applications

Required apprenticeship hours

You must complete your on-the-job training (OJT) hours in an approved salon or shop, under the direct supervision of approved journey-level trainers. You must complete your Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) hours under the supervision of a licensed instructor.

Apprenticeship type OJT hours RSI hours
Cosmetology 3,000 244
Hair design 2,000 144
Barber 2,000 144
Esthetics 2,000 144
Manicuring 2,000 144

Become an apprentice training salon

Follow these steps to become approved as an apprentice program or registered training agent in Washington.

1. Contact L&I

The best way to get started is by contacting the L&I apprenticeship customer service line at 360-902-5320 or email You can get a referral to an apprenticeship consultant in your area. The apprenticeship consultant can help you:

  • Determine how a registered apprenticeship program could meet your needs
  • Complete your required documentation
  • Implement best practices for program administration
  • Work through the approval process

2. Wait for L&I and DOL to approve you

Once L&I begins the process, they will forward information to us to verify that your salon is licensed and eligible to train apprentices. After both L&I and the Department of Licensing approve your salon, an apprentice may begin earning hours. We will also create an account with D.L. Roope, our testing vendor, to record training hours.

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