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Self-Inspection Checklist for Barbershops & Salons

The Iowa Board of Barbering & Cosmetology Arts and Sciences is providing this self-inspection checklist as a tool to assist barbershop or salon owners and managers in complying with the board’s statutes and rules. Barbershop or salon owners and managers are encouraged to complete this tool every six months. Any deficiencies should be corrected immediately.

Note: This checklist is being provided as a courtesy. The items listed here are not designed to be exhaustive or to serve as a replacement for an inspection conducted by the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing.

If you wish to access a version of this checklist for use at a barbershop or salon, you may access the self-inspection checklist here.  The checklist is set up as a spreadsheet that may be downloaded for use as needed.

Continuing Education

Licensees are responsible for meeting all continuing education requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Review the rules for detailed information about continuing education definitions, requirements, standards, criteria and other important specific to this profession.

The Iowa Board of Barber and Cosmetology Arts & Sciences cannot endorse a specific course and does not approve continuing education.

Iowa's professional associations and licensed schools of Barbering and Cosmetology Arts & Sciences are good starting points when searching for continuing education courses. Board rules currently allow unlimited online continuing education hours. Please be sure your continuing education provider will issue you a certificate as required by rule.

You may access a current list of licensed barbering and cosmetology schools.  The spreadsheet may be downloaded for further use if needed.

Laws & Rules for Barbering & Cosmetology Arts & Sciences

Overview and links to Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Code related to the practice of barbering and cosmetology. The professional licensure boards adopt rules to interpret and implement the Iowa Code. Administrative rules have the force and effect of law.

Iowa Practitioner Program

The Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) is available to licensees across multiple licensing boards in Iowa. The Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC) reviews self-reports made by licensees to determine eligibility for participation. 


About the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Arts & Sciences

We establish rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed Cosmetologists.

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