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Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners - Electrologists - License Information

Requirements for electrology license

Applicants for licensure must:

  • Submit a completed application form, which must be accompanied by required application fees ($50 if qualifying through pathway one and $150 if qualifying through pathway two).
  • Submit two forms of government identification. Legible (clear) photocopies are acceptable if submitted by mail. At least one form of ID must be photographic, and names must match on both forms of ID.
  • Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age, providing a copy of birth certificate or school/military/governmental record with age documented, if not already provided on photographic ID required above.
  • Submit proof of having a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
  • Provide documentation of completing a qualifying pathway (see below).

Pathway One: graduate from a licensed electrology school

Applicant must:

  • Submit official transcript from a licensed electrology school showing proof of completion of required electrology curriculum as determined by the HLO. Transcript must be mailed directly from the accredited college or university to the HLO.
  • Pay examination fees of $150.
  • Submit passing score of the HLO-approved national written examination taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Submit passing score of the state-prepared practical examination taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of license, pay all license fees.

Pathway Two: reciprocity

Applicant must:

  • Submit an affidavit of licensure demonstrating proof of a current license that is active with no current or pending disciplinary action as an electrologist. The licensing must be substantially equivalent to Oregon licensing requirements; if not, the applicant must demonstrate to the HLO that he or she has been employed or working as an electrologist full time for three of the past five years.
  • Pay examination fees of $150.
  • Submit passing score of an HLO-approved written examination taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Submit passing score of an HLO-approved practical examination taken within two years of the date of application.
  • Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of license, pay all license fees.

Examinations

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

Practical electrology examination

Oregon licensed electrology schools require students to pass a state-sanctioned practical examination conducted by a licensed career school meeting the Oregon Health Licensing Offices' (HLO) state criteria and standards.

The HLO regularly conducts performance evaluations of state-sanctioned practical examinations at Oregon licensed career schools to guarantee compliance with state criteria and standards.

Oregon recognizes the practical examination as the first step in a two-step examination process towards certification, with the second step being the written examination (see below).

Graduates of Oregon licensed career schools, as well as applicants from out-of-state obtaining certification through reciprocity, must pass a HLO approved practical and written examination to obtain certification.

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 exam. The exam is composed of 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 www.nictesting.org.

The NIC exam is given by appointment only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Email Sarah Bye at sarah.e.bye@dhsoha.state.or.us, or call (503) 373-1989.

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. See the Identification Requirements page for details.

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