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Cosmetology Schools in Florida

If you’re considering earning a cosmetology license in Florida, the future looks very sunny. Thanks in part to a robust tourism and hospitality industry, Florida has the fourth-highest employment level of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in the U.S., and three of its metropolitan areas have the highest concentration of jobs in the nation.

Learn what cosmetology programs in Florida include, along with information about earning a Florida cosmetology license and what you can expect from a beauty career in the Sunshine State.

Why a Cosmetology Career?

The rewards of a cosmetology career are plenty—boosting people’s confidence by improving their appearance, being part of how people present themselves in important life situations, helping clients address conditions that may be painful or affect their well-being, and much more.

But there are other reasons this is a satisfying career. It enables you to explore your creativity and keeps you on top of trends. It involves working with all kinds of people, so every day is different from the last. This isn’t a predictable 9-to-5 kind of job; your workday schedule usually allows for considerable flexibility and control over your salary. And the more clients you see, the more you earn!

The opportunities within this field are numerous. Whether you’re interested in cutting and styling hair, applying makeup for weddings or events, selling cosmetic products, or several other unexpected beauty jobs, the sky’s the limit if you have a cosmetology license in Florida.

In terms of career stability, cosmetology is an ideal option. You can’t outsource a haircut or order a facial online, which is why many people call cosmetology a recession-proof career. Regardless of what the economy is doing, people will always want their hair cut and styled, their nails glammed up, and their skin pampered.

Getting Your Cosmetology License in Florida: FAQs

To work as a cosmetologist in Florida, you must earn a cosmetology license from the Florida Board of Cosmetology. Licensure requires formal training through an accredited cosmetology program.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetology school.

What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Cosmetologists provide hair and beauty services to help clients enhance their appearance. This may involve:

  • Cutting, styling, or coloring hair
  • Providing manicures and pedicures
  • Analyzing skin and providing services to care for it
  • Consulting with clients on their beauty and personal grooming routines
  • Accepting payments for services
  • Recommending cosmetic products and providing usage information

How Much Does Cosmetology School Cost?

Your specific costs depend on your program, your school’s location, the courses you take, and more. However, according to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), a full cosmetology program in a rural setting averages around $6,500, while in a metropolitan setting, this might be more like $10,000.

Typically, esthetician (skin care) and manicuring (nail) programs take less time and cost less, starting at around $3,000.

How Long Are Cosmetology Programs?

The Florida Board of Cosmetology requires that students complete a 1,200-hour program at an approved cosmetology school before being eligible for licensure. Typically, this takes one to two years, depending on whether you attend school full-time or part-time.

What Are the Best Cosmetology Schools?

According to Beauty Schools Directory, there are 111 cosmetology training programs in Florida offered by Title IV institutions, though many more state-approved or agency accredited programs are qualified to teach for licensure in the state. Aspiring students can find a wide array of offerings around the state, from full cosmetology programs to those specializing in makeup artistry, electrolysis (hair removal), or permanent makeup and tattooing.

Of the Title IV schools listed, Aveda Institute (Tallahassee and South Florida locations) and Paul Mitchell the School (Jacksonville and Orlando locations) graduated the highest numbers of cosmetology students in the 2020-2021 school year.

Aveda Institute has six locations throughout Florida, and graduates receive placement assistance in Aveda’s network of over 9,000 salons, spas, institutes, and stores. Students appreciate its natural products made with certified organic ingredients, and reviews suggest it offers a good mix of hands-on and classroom training, with some of the best training in the industry.

Paul Mitchell the School has five locations around Florida. Its training involves moving through three levels—Core, Adaptive, and Creative—under the direction of Learning Leaders in a salon-like environment.

Types of Florida Cosmetology Schools

Much of your cosmetology school experience depends on the type of school you attend: a private beauty academy, a program offered through a community or vocational college, or a school affiliated with a big-name brand in the beauty industry.

Private Cosmetology Schools

Private cosmetology schools may be small independent schools that aren’t associated with certain cosmetic or beauty brands and aren’t part of a community college system. They tend to have smaller classes and a more intimate setting. Funding comes entirely from students or alumni, and because of this, they may be more expensive than programs at publicly funded institutions.

Community College Cosmetology Programs

These programs are housed within community colleges, whose mission is accessibility to local students. Community colleges’ focus is to provide training for the local workforce. They are usually government-funded and tend to be the most affordable for students.

Some community colleges may offer cosmetology programs as associate degrees rather than professional certifications. In associate degree programs, you will likely be required to complete general education courses such as math and English in addition to your cosmetology classes. You may also experience larger classes for the number of cosmetology teachers available, compared to at an independent beauty school. Also, because cosmetology students will only be a small fraction of the total student population, there may not be an on-campus salon or as much name-brand training available.

Big Brand Cosmetology Schools

These are institutions with many locations, which may be associated with recognizable beauty brands, such as Aveda, Redken, or Paul Mitchell. There can be benefits and drawbacks to attending these schools. Because these are well-known brands that in some cases are associated with products carrying household names, job-hunting may be easier for some grads.

You may also have greater access to scholarship funding. For example, Redken has established a scholarship program for students enrolled in or accepted at Redken’s The Salon Professional Academy. However, scholarships can come from many places, so do your research for what you can apply for apart from what the school offers directly.

For certain schools with dedicated products, students with training from these specific brands may only learn that brand’s methodologies or use its products, rather than working with many brands. For example, Aveda schools are renowned for teaching the Aveda philosophy and methods and exclusive use of Aveda products. Students who seek training at these schools are typically drawn to those schools and what they stand for. While this may be somewhat restricting for the job search, graduates with this dedicated product line training are also uniquely qualified in some instances for jobs at specific salons using those same brands and products.

Financial Aid for Cosmetology Students

If you’re concerned about being able to afford cosmetology school, it’s important to know that you may be able to receive financial aid from the federal or state government, through private organizations, or in the form of loans that you’ll pay back after you graduate.

Federal aid includes grants, which are funds that don’t need to be paid back (usually determined by financial need), work-study jobs, and loans, which students must pay back. Though students can get loans through the government or private lenders, government loans generally have lower interest rates and more favorable terms. You can only get federal aid if you take a cosmetology program through a Title IV school.

You may also be able to receive scholarship funding through private or public organizations or offices based on your background, your career goals, or your involvement in the military.

The best place to start determining whether you qualify for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships for Cosmetology Students in Florida

More scholarships are available to cosmetology students than we can name here. However, here’s a list of several scholarships you may qualify for:

Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship Program
Beauty Changes Lives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that awards scholarships for cosmetology (five), esthetics (two), and makeup (two) students, as well as to licensed professionals (two) looking to upgrade their careers, thanks to funding from leading beauty brands. Scholarships vary by amount and deadline.

Great Clips Great Scholarship Program
Given in memory of Alice Madden Barton, whose goal was to give more young people an opportunity to work in cosmetology, salon chain Great Clips, Inc. offers up to 22 $5,000 scholarships every year. Applications are accepted year-round; applicants must fill out an application form and write an essay.

The Joe Francis Haircare Cosmetology Scholarship
This scholarship was established in the name of Joe Francis, who founded The Barbers Corporation and wanted to help others find opportunities in the salon business. Scholarships are for $1,500 or more per recipient, based on academic commitment and demonstrated financial need. Applications are accepted between January 1 and June 1 of each year.

The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
This scholarship program provides financial support to women attending college who strive to lead healthy lifestyles. The scholarship, which offers $1,000 plus an organic beauty basket for college students or $500 plus the basket for high school students, is ideal for cosmetology students who aspire to use natural, chemical-free products and emphasize total wellness. Applications are due once a quarter—January 1, March 1, June 30, and September 30.

Experts in Wax Scholarship
European Wax Center, a chain of stores offering wax services, offers six annual $2,000 scholarships to new or currently enrolled cosmetology or esthetics students each year. Applicants must complete online applications, upload “before and after” photos of their brow work, and a personal video responding to question prompts.

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship
As part of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program, the GSV Scholarship is for students seeking applied technology diplomas, technical degrees, or career certificates from approved Florida public colleges or vocational schools, earned a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (3.5 in career education courses), and complete 30 service hours. Amounts are based on institution type and whether they are semester- or quarter-based.

The state of Florida also offers scholarship and grant programs for students who demonstrate need, academic merit, status as a first-generation college student, or other qualifications. For example, future cosmetologists may take advantage of the Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program, which offers need-based grant funding to students enrolled in participating Florida community colleges. To determine whether you qualify, you must fill out the FAFSA and/or Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). Other scholarship options include:

Career and Salary Outlook for Cosmetology Graduates

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, “personal appearance” worker jobs are expected to grow by 16.7% between 2021 and 2029. Within that category, hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists have a projected 12.9% job growth. This estimate aligns with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections—12% growth and 6,910 annual job openings in the state through 2028.

The BLS reports that cosmetologists earned an annual average wage of $33,680 in 2021. This is slightly lower than the national average of $35,990.

According to Indeed.com, some Florida employers urgently need cosmetologists and are willing to pay considerably more. For example, employers in large metro areas, such as Tallahassee and Miami, are advertising positions up to $120,000 per year. Traveling cosmetologists can earn upwards of $75/hour.

Areas attractive to tourists or “snowbirds” (retirees who relocate to warm-weather cities in winter) such as Boca Raton and West Palm Beach typically pay higher wages to cosmetologists due to increased demand.

The BLS indicates that Florida is home to three of the nation’s metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetology jobs—Sebastian-Vero Beach, Homosassa Springs, and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island. Most job listings on Indeed.com in Florida are in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale.

The chart below shows some of the top-paying metropolitan areas for cosmetologists in Florida:

Area2020 Median Salary
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL$37,110
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL$36,940
Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, FL$35,840
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL$35,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL$30,220
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL$30,100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL$29,860
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL$29,650
Punta Gorda, FL$29,280

Table information sourced from O*Net (2022).

Florida Cosmetology License Requirements

So, what’s involved in earning a Florida cosmetology license? First, you must be at least 16 years old and have earned a high school diploma. Next, you must enroll in one of the approved cosmetology programs in Florida and complete at least 1,200 hours of training. Following that, you need to take the licensing exam.

The licensing exam consists of two parts: written theory and written clinical. The written theory exam takes 90 minutes to complete and consists of 65 multiple-choice questions covering:

  • General safety and sanitation
  • Client services
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Facials, makeup, and hair removal
  • Professional/legal and ethical/laws and rules.

The written clinical portion is also 90 minutes and includes 65 multiple-choice questions about specific cosmetology techniques:

  • Hair coloring and lightening
  • Permanent waving and chemical relaxing
  • Scalp and hair care
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair cutting and shaping

Applicants must pass both portions of the exam within two years from the date of the first attempt. License applicants also have to complete a four-hour HIV/AIDS course during their schooling and present a certificate verifying this within two years of applying.

Once these are complete, you’ll need to submit a completed license application (online or by mail), along with proof of your HIV/AIDS training, a Graduate Certification Form, and the required fee of $63.50. The state of Florida does allow applicants to apply for a fee waiver if you are a military servicemember or veteran or qualifying spouse, member of the Florida National Guard, or low-income.

Cosmetologists currently licensed in other states need not take the exam or meet Florida’s education requirements; they can simply apply for a license. However, the state doesn’t accept work experience alone (without a license) or apprenticeships. Applicants must complete a four-hour HIV/AIDS course before applying for licensure by state endorsement.

Once you have your license, you’ll need to renew it by October 31 of every other year, which involves completing 10 hours of continuing education and paying the renewal fee of $45.

Accreditation and State Approval for Cosmetology Schools

Accreditation is a process in which an objective third-party agency reviews a school’s educational performance to ensure it meets standards for quality and rigor. The process can take up to two years or more and is costly. However, it’s worthwhile for the school, as it communicates to students that their education will meet the needs of the industry and the standards of financial aid bodies that award funds.

According to the AACS, there are four accrediting agencies specifically for the cosmetology industry: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), The Council on Occupational Education (COE), Middle States Association of Colleges, Commissions on Elementary & Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).

These agencies accredit different cosmetology schools in Florida. For example, the American Institute of Beauty, Aveda Institute, Bene’s Career Academy, Celebrity School of Beauty, and certain Paul Mitchell campuses are accredited by NACCAS, while ACCSC accredits Daytona College, Hollywood Institute, and other Paul Mitchell campuses.

The important thing is to verify whether any program you consider is accredited or else approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to provide beauty education in the state. (To verify if a school can offer beauty programs for licensure in Florida, use the DBPR search online and look for “Approved School Registration.”) If it isn’t, future employers, academic programs, licensing bodies, and financial aid sources may not recognize your program, which could mean you can’t work in the field even if you have paid tuition and graduated.

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3665 East Bay Drive Suite 164
Largo, FL 33771

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Make-Up Artist Training, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

2800 34th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33713

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Hair Design, Make-Up Artist Training, Nail Technology

985 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, FL 33801

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy
Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

2040 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Massage Therapy

700 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard Suite 103/303
Miami Springs, FL 33166

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology, Electrology, Continuing Education

7820 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology, Make-Up Artist Training, Hair Design, Electrology

7329 North State Road 7
Parkland, FL 33073

Cosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Hair Design

5090 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

855 Southwest 79th Avenue
Miami, FL 33144

Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Laser Training, Make-Up Artist Training, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
Daytona College – Accredited

425 South Nova Road
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Barbering, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy

1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Cosmetology, Barbering, Massage Therapy

1005A East John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578


2105 West 15th Street
Panama City, FL 32401


5101 U.S. Highway 98 North
Lakeland, FL 33809


10083 East Adamo Drive
Tampa, FL 33619


4258 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Florida Academy – Accredited

4387 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

51 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology

1271 State Road 436 Suite 131
Casselberry, FL 32707

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Electrology

420 South State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Electrology

5000 Coconut Creek Parkway C
Margate, FL 33063

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

7587-7599 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

6250 Northwest 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2620 Southwest 17th Road 700
Ocala, FL 34471

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1901 North Federal Highway Unit 201
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

3831 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Cosmetology, Barbering

2601 South Military Trail Suite 13
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

1045 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

552 East Woolbright Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology, Make-Up Artist Training, Teacher Training

3679 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Barbering, Nail Technology

3244 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33594

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics/Skin Care, Nail Technology

A Beauty School Of Tampa

8203 North Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Academy of Beauty and Business

3301 3rd Avenue North Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Academy of Career Training – Accredited

3501 West Vine Street Suite 111
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Academy of Cosmetology - Melbourne – Accredited

4850 Stack Boulevard F6
Melbourne, FL 32901

Academy of Cosmetology - Merritt Island – Accredited

2088 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Advantage Beauty Institute

8951 Bonita Beach Road Southeast
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Affinity Hair Academy – Accredited

12313 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

Altruistic Academy (Medical & Beauty School)

1253 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

American Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1330 Blanding Boulevard
Orange Park, FL 32065

American Beauty Schools – Accredited

8150 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144

Art of Hair Academy & Studio

4698 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

ASM Beauty World Academy

6664 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33024

Aveda Institute Brandon – Accredited

1516 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511

Aveda Institute Jacksonville – Accredited

10601 San Jose Boulevard Suite 7
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Aveda Institute Orlando – Accredited

495 North Semoran Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32792

Aveda Institute South Florida – Accredited

4186 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Aveda Institute Tallahassee – Accredited

2020 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Aveda Institute Tampa Bay – Accredited

28272 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

Beauty Academy Of South Florida

13411 Southwest 184th Street
Miami, FL 33155

Beauty Academy of South Florida - Hialeah Gardens – Accredited

9800 Northwest 77 Avenue
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Beauty and Massage Institute – Accredited

1375 US-1
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Beauty Supply & Beauty School

3350 Southwest 148th Avenue Suite 110
Miramar, FL 33027

Bellissima Academy

2121 South Hiawassee Road Unit 118
Orlando, FL 32835

Bene's Career Academy - Brooksville

698 South Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Bene's Career Academy - Port Richey

7027 US-19
Port Richey, FL 34652

Beyond Institute & Career Center

2921 Vineland Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Bloom Academy

2180 Central Florida Parkway A10
Orlando, FL 32837

Bly's School of Cosmetology

3501 Southwest 2nd Avenue suite C
Gainesville, FL 32607

Broward College

111 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Cape Coral Technical College – Accredited

360 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33993

Charlotte Technical College – Accredited

18150 Murdock Circle
Charlotte, FL 33948

Charr-Nix's New Generation School of Beauty

6200 20th Street Suite 694
Vero Beach, FL 32966

Chipola College

3094 Indian Circle
Marianna, FL 32446

Cozmo Beauty School – Accredited

10347 Bonita Beach Road Unit 103
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Diamond Beauty School

3401 South Congress Avenue 204
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Eastern Florida State College

1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922

Electrolysis, Laser & Beauty Institute

1713 Foxbower Road
Orlando, FL 32825

Elevate Salon Institute - Miami Beach – Accredited

1500 Bay Road C1
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Embelezze Beauty School

2239 Southwest 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Emerald Coast Technical College – Accredited

761 North 20th Street
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Erwin Technical College – Accredited

2010 East Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

Fashion Focus Hair Academy

2184 Gulf Gate Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231

First Coast Barber Academy – Accredited

625 North Julia Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

First Coast Technical College – Accredited

2980 Collins Avenue
Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Flagler Technical Institute – Accredited

5400 East Highway 100
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Flavia Leal Beauty School

7600 Southland Boulevard Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32809

Florida Academy of Health & Beauty – Accredited

2901 West Oakland Park Boulevard B16
Oakland Park, FL 33311

Florida Gateway College

149 Southeast College Place
Lake City, FL 32025

Florida Massage and Beauty Institute

3911 West Waters Avenue Suites 10 - 11
Tampa, FL 33614

Florida Panhandle Technical College – Accredited

757 Hoyt Street
Chipley, FL 32428

Florida State College at Jacksonville

101 West State Street
Jacksonville, FL 32218

Florida Student Cosmetology School

1004 North US1
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Florida Technical College

12520 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Focus 4 Beauty Career Institute

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Fort Myers Technical College – Accredited

3800 Michigan Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Fort Pierce Beauty Academy – Accredited

3028 South US 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Fortis Institute - Pensacola

4081 East Olive Road Suite B
Pensacola, FL 32514

Fred D. Learey Technical College

5410 North 20th Street
Tampa, FL 33610

Fred K Marchman Technical College – Accredited

7825 Campus Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34653

Futura Career Institute – Accredited

4512 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Gadsden Technical Institute – Accredited

201 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Quincy, FL 32351

George Stone Technical Center – Accredited

2400 Longleaf Drive
Pensacola, FL 32526

Gilenid Beauty Institute

8102 Blanding Boulevard Suite 11
Jacksonville, FL 32244


7450 Drive Phillips Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

Hair In Motion Beauty Academy

851 East State Road 434 Suite 164
Longwood, FL 32750

Hollywood Beauty Academy

11348 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

Immokalee Technical College – Accredited

508 North 9th Street
Immokalee, FL 34142

Indian River State College

2401 South 29th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

International Academy

2550 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona, FL 32119

International Institute of Education

1507 State Road 7 Suite B
Margate, FL 33063

Jacksonville Health and Beauty School

5161 Beach Boulevard Suites 1&2
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Kaizen Beauty Academy – Accredited

8405 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

KCK Beauty and Barber Academy – Accredited

10592 Balmoral Circle East 1
Jacksonville, FL 32218

KDLR Beauty Labs | Luxury Makeup Artistry & Classes

1101 East Cumberland Avenue Suite 210-H 3187
Tampa, FL 33602

KOE Barber Academy

437 South Central Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

La Belle Beauty Academy - Hialeah – Accredited

1495 West 49 Street
Hialeah, FL 33144

Lake Technical College – Accredited

2001 Kurt Street
Eustis, FL 32726

LaSalle Tech - Plant City – Accredited

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Latin Beauty Academy – Accredited

6348 Forest Hill Boulevard Suite 348
Greenacres, FL 33415

Le Beaute Academie

14177 Lake Nona Boulevard #1020 Suite 7
Orlando, FL 32824

Lively Technical College – Accredited

500 North Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Loraines Academy & Spa – Accredited

1012 58th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33710

Lorenzo Walker Technical College – Accredited

3702 Estey Avenue
Naples, FL 34104

M-DCPS The English Center – Accredited

3501 Southwest 28 Street
Miami, FL 33133

Manatee Technical College – Accredited

6305 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34203

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy

1906 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606

Marion Technical College – Accredited

1014 Southwest 7th Road
Ocala, FL 34471

Marion Technical Institute – Accredited

1614 South East Fort King Street
Ocala, FL 34471

Master Career Institute

6735 Conroy Road Suite 423
Orlando, FL 32835

Meridian College – Accredited

7020 Professional Parkway East
Sarasota, FL 34240

Miami Beauty Academy

11900 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33181

Miami Beauty Bar

1800 Southwest 1st Avenue 303
Miami, FL 33129

Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College – Accredited

5780 Northwest 158th Street
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Microblading & Beuaty Academy

1210 North John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741

New Concept Massage and Beauty School Main Campus – Accredited

1164 Southwest 67 Avenue
Miami, FL 33144

New Concept Massage and Beauty School West Campus – Accredited

12851 Southwest 42 Street Suite 101
Miami, FL 33175

New Concept Massage and Beauty School, Cutler Bay – Accredited

11484 Southwest 186 Street
Miami, FL 33157

North Florida Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2424 Allen Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312

North Florida Technical College – Accredited

609 North Orange Street
Starke, FL 32091

Nouvelle Institute - Hialeah – Accredited

500 West 49 Street Second Floor
Hialeah, FL 33012

Nouvelle Institute - Miami – Accredited

3271 Northwest 7th Street Suite 106
Miami, FL 33125

Okaloosa Technical College – Accredited

1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Orange Technical College - Winter Garden – Accredited

955 East Story Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Osceola Technical College – Accredited

1030 Cypress Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34759

Osceola Technical College - St. Cloud – Accredited

2901 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL 34769

Palm Beach State College

4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Paul Mitchell The School Fort Lauderdale – Accredited

8000 West Broward Boulevard Suite 1101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33388

Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers – Accredited

9941 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville – Accredited

4624 Town Crossing Drive Suite 155 Suite 155
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Paul Mitchell The School Miami – Accredited

8905 Dadeland Boulevard
Kendall, FL 33156

Paul Mitchell The School Orlando – Accredited

1285 Oviedo Mall Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32765

Paul Mitchell The School Sarasota – Accredited

501 North Beneva Road Suite 620
Sarasota, FL 34232

Paul Mitchell The School Tampa – Accredited

7823 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL 33625

Pensacola State College

1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater – Accredited

6100 154th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33760

Pinellas Technical College - Saint Petersburg – Accredited

901 34th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Port St. Lucie Beauty Academy – Accredited

10036 South US Highway 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Prestige Health & Beauty Sciences Academy – Accredited

1250 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard Suite 409
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Pro Nails & Beauty School

11631 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817

Psico Salud Belleza Academy

3497 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

QM Career Institute – Accredited

4645 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Ridge Technical College – Accredited

7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Riveroak Technical College – Accredited

415 Southwest Pinewood Drive
Live Oak, FL 32064

Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College – Accredited

18180 Southwest 122nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33177

Rockledge Institute School of Health & Beauty

1225 Florida Avenue South Suite C
Rockledge, FL 32955

Shear Excellence Hair Academy & Salon Tampa

3663 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

Shear Finesse Hairstyling Academy – Accredited

9200 Arlington Express Way
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Sheridan Technical College – Accredited

5400 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33021

Slayy Beauty Academy

657 South Drive Unit 404
Miami Springs, FL 33166

South Florida State College

600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825

Summit Salon Academy - Gainesville – Accredited

6915 Northwest 4th Boulevard Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32607

Summit Salon Academy - Tampa – Accredited

4802 Gunn Highway Suite 144
Tampa, FL 33624

Suncoast Technical College – Accredited

4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL 34233

Suncoast Technical Education Center

4057 California Street
Brooksville, FL 34604

Tampa Beauty School

14805 North Florida Avenue D
Tampa, FL 33613

Tenaj Salon Institute – Accredited

11915 Country Road 103
The Villages, FL 32162

The Beauty Institute - West Palm Beach – Accredited

2215 North Military Trail 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

The Salon Professional Academy - Delray Beach – Accredited

14610 South Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484

The Salon Professional Academy - Fort Myers – Accredited

1388 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907

The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne – Accredited

1700 West New Haven Avenue Suite 540A
Melbourne, FL 32904

Tom P Haney Technical Center – Accredited

3016 Highway 77 North
Panama City, FL 32405

Total Beauty Institute – Accredited

5308 North Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Total Nails and Hair Academy

2716 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Traviss Technical College – Accredited

3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Trend Setters - Jacksonville

1033 Edgewood Avenue South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Trend Setters of Florida – Accredited

5486 Normandy Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

UR Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

3750 Emergency Lane 3
Sebring, FL 33870

USA International Health and Beauty Academy

12218 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

Valencia College

1768 Park Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32835

VK Beauty Academy

3970 Northlake Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

Wilton Simpson Technical College – Accredited

801 North Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Withlacoochee Technical College – Accredited

1201 West Main Street
Inverness, FL 34450

Wonderful Beauty

5950 Lakehurst Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

World Class Academy of Beauty Careers – Accredited

516 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310

World of Beauty Academy - Orlando

6111 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808
School Accreditation

You must attend a school that is approved by your state to provide training in the discipline you want to practice. Check with the school and the state board to be sure that your program of study will prepare you for any applicable state licensure.

Additional Education and Career Resources

Florida Board of Cosmetology
This site is the home of valuable information about cosmetology programs, licenses, continuing education, and professional standards in Florida.

Professional Beauty Association
This professional association connects members with valuable resources, networking connections, education, and information to support their professional growth. The website also provides information on scholarships for future cosmetology students.

Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals
The ACSP supports professionals in the cosmetology, esthetics, and nail industries through school and student competitions, conventions for learning and networking, continuing education offerings, and more.

Shop Talk podcast
This podcast for the beauty industry, hairstylists, and salon/spa owners is an educational resource, providing useful information for cosmetology students or budding cosmetologists that can help in their careers. Episodes offer tips and inspiration for growing your cosmetology business, business advice (such as the difference between an LLC and an S-Corp), and stories from successful beauty pros.

The Beauty Look Book
This blog is run by Sabrina, a Florida-based influencer who shares tips and insights about her favorite beauty products and looks and tips for travel in Florida, and product reviews. She currently has 107,000 followers on Instagram.

Jupiter Magazine
This magazine for the northern Palm Beaches is the winner of multiple awards by the Florida Magazine Association. Its style section features stories on great area beauty finds, local fashion trends, profiles of stores and designers, and more.

This popular Instagram account showcases hairstylist Kaitlyn’s artistic style. Ready to learn her tricks? She also offers Florida-based Blonding Bootcamps for cosmetologists looking to upskill.

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State