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How to Get Licensed: Electrology


The following examinations are required to obtain licensure as an electrologist in Oregon: a national written electrology examination and a state-prepared practical examination.

National Interstate Council (NIC) written electrology examination

The NIC consists of 100 scored and 10 non-scored (pilot) multiple-choice questions. Pilot (non-scored) questions allow the NIC to collect data on new test questions. Candidates are given 90 minutes to complete the examination. The examination is separated into eight competency areas based on knowledge, skills and abilities required of electrologists for safe and effective practice.

Competency areas and recommended reference materials are listed on the NIC Candidate Information Bulletin available at http://www.nictesting.org.

The NIC examination is given by appointment only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact April Strobel at 503-373-1902.

State-prepared practical examination

The state-prepared practical examination is used to determine the qualification, fitness and ability of an applicant to practice as an electrologist.

The practical examination is by appointment only and is administered in Salem. 
Examination Date: June 4, 2015; Deadline date to apply for the examination - May 8, 2015

Examination Date: December 10, 2015; Deadline date to apply for the examination - November 10, 2015

For 2016, HLO has added a third examination date:
Examination Date: Feb. 8, 2016; deadline to apply for the exam: Jan. 8, 2016
Examination Date: June 6, 2016; deadline to apply for the exam: May 6, 2016
Examination Date: Dec. 12, 2016; deadline to apply for the exam: Nov. 14, 2016

For more information, contact the Health Licensing Office at 503-378-8667 or hlo.info@state.or.us

Identification Requirements
Applicants are required to produce two forms of original identification issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States at the time of examination. One of the forms must be photographic.

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