Cosmetic Therapist (CT)

CT Application


  • Be at least eighteen years of age and of good moral character

  • Submit criminal record checks (FBI & Ohio BCI)

  • Have attained high school graduation or its equivalent

  • Hold one of the following:

    • A diploma or certificate from a school, college or institution in good standing as determined by the Board, showing the completion of the required courses of instruction

    • A diploma or certificate from a school, college or institution in another state or jurisdiction showing completion of a course of instruction that meets course requirements determined by the Board through Ohio Administration Code 4731-1-09.

    • For not less than five years preceding application: a current license, registration or certificate in good standing in another state for cosmetic therapy.

  • Successfully pass The Society for Clinical & Medical Hair Removal’s (SCHMR) Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE-OH) exam, on or after March 30, 2020 (results from exams taken prior to that date cannot be accepted). An Ohio licensure application should not be submitted until passage of the exam. The fee charged by SCHMR for the CCE-OH exam is separate from the Ohio licensure application fee. The CCE-OH examination application, to be provided to SCHMR, can be found here CCE-OH Examination Application.

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time an application is submitted. Applications submitted by individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements are subject to denial by the board. Application fees are not refundable and an applicant will be required to reapply once eligibility requirements can be met.

Approved Cosmetic Therapy Schools

These approved schools, colleges or institutions have been determined to be in good standing and having cosmetic therapy curriculums required for successful course completion.



1918 Bethel Road

Columbus, OH 43220



271 Cline Avenue

Mansfield, OH 44907


141 Prosperous Pl Ste 23B
Lexington, KY 40509-1854




eLicense application portal:


Initial Application Fees

Application $150.00

Transaction fee $3.50

Total due at submission $153.50


Before Completing an Application

Applicants will be required to complete the application in its entirety and pay a non-refundable fee. Applicants will be required to upload any required documents as a result of an affirmative answer provided in the Questions portion of the application, license specific certifications and to have a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).


Criminal Records Check

The board strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete their background checks as soon as they know that they will be applying for Ohio licensure. There is no need to wait until an application is submitted to start the background check process. The board will retain the background check results for up to one year upon receiving them. Once an application has been submitted to the board, its status will be updated to reflect receipt of the results.

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. View instructions in the background check packet or by watching the instructional video below.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.


Required Documents to Be Uploaded

  • Education transcript from a school, college or institution in good standing as determined by the board, showing the completion of the required courses of instruction; or an educational transcript from a school, college or institution in another state or jurisdiction showing completion of a course of instruction that meets course requirements determined by the Board through rules adopted under section Ohio Administration Code 4731-1-09 of the Revised Code.

  • Documentation related to affirmative answers provided in the Questions portion of the application. Examples of required documentation may include:

    • Your detailed explanation including the date, location, reason and disposition to the question and any supporting documentation

    • Documentation related to action taken by another state or entity

    • Documentation related to arrests/criminal actions


Documentation That Should Be Sent Directly to the Board

  • Certificate of Education Form. This form should be completed by your educational institution.

  • Criminal Record Check (FBI & Ohio BCI) results.

After You Apply

Following submission of a completed application and payment you will receive a confirmation email. If you need to contact the Board, please email

Please note: the Medical Board is unable to confirm receipt of background checks or other supporting documents prior to an application being submitted. 

Once an application has been submitted, any documents that have been previously received will be attached to the application. In order to efficiently process your application, please do not submit or email documents to the board that are not specifically required as part of the application. Board staff will contact you directly in the event that further information or additional documentation is necessary to process your application. Please allow the board 10 business days to perform an initial review of your application. After that time, you may check the status of your application by logging into eLicense and navigating to your license application. Select the Options tab and the Review Status option. Any outstanding items will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of the page.


Forms and Helpful Links

License Verification Form

Certificate of Education

Society for Clinical & Medical Hair Removal (SCMHR) Code of Ethics

Chapter 4731, Ohio Revised Code

Chapter 4731-1, Ohio Administrative Code

Cosmetic Therapy Association of Ohio

CCE-OH Examination Application