The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) Announces Support for Universal Licensing for US-Based Beauty Professionals

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NIC developing a National Credential and National Database to support licensure portability for cosmetologists, manicurists, barbers and estheticians, and to expedite licensure for military families and out-of-country applicants.

LOS ANGELES, CA—June 25, 2021—2021—The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) announces formal support for universal licensing for the US beauty professional community. As part of this initiative, NIC is partnering with Certemy, a leading provider of professional licensing management software, to introduce a new National Credential and a new National Database.

“Universal licensing will help our industry establish national standards for cosmetology education and training while promoting license portability across state lines,” said Susan Colard, Executive Director for NIC. “As the leading advocacy organization for the cosmetology profession, we look forward to helping our industry embrace these new best practices.”

What is the NIC National Credential?

The NIC National Credential will establish a standard national credential for beauty professionals nationwide that meets or exceeds the education and training requirements for any individual state licensing board. The new credential will confirm passing of both written and practical examinations. NIC plans to launch the National Credential in late 2021.

What is the NIC National Database?

The NIC National Database will provide a national registry of all beauty professionals in the United States. The database will include license status and expiration date for each licensed cosmetologist nationwide, plus any license restrictions or disciplinary actions. NIC will provide a simple mechanism for each state board to upload and change data for licensees in their state. Boards, beauty professionals, and employers will be able to perform instant online searches of the database at any time. NIC plans to launch the National Database in late 2022.

Learn more about NIC’s support for universal licensing for beauty professionals at

About The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)

NIC’s mission statement is to promote the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the professional workforce by actively pursuing excellence in cosmetology and related fields. Learn more about NIC at

About Certemy

Certemy is a leading provider of affordable, easy-to-use certification management software for professional certification boards. Our platform streamlines and automates certification workflows to help certification boards become more efficient, transparent, and agile while reducing IT costs and administrative burdens.

Certemy delivers the lowest cost of ownership for any comparable solution with predictable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) pricing with no implementation, training, or change fees. We also provide the only certification management solution that allows board staff to change application and renewal processes themselves without IT help or programming. Our platform scales to support boards of every size — from those managing a few hundred professionals to those managing over 100,000.

An active member of the credentialing community, Certemy is a proud member of The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), and the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). Learn more about Certemy at