Many beauty professions in Germany have licensing laws. The country requires some form of recognition from the government for individuals to become qualified practitioners.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Germany:

Regulated Beauty Services in Germany


Hairstylists in Germany can choose how they want to become recognised in the country. They can become an apprentice by applying to a salon and making sure to render at least 3 years. A contract between the employer and apprentice should be made, and the apprentice must enrol in a course program for hairdressing for the theory.

Dual vocational training is also another option and is similar to an apprenticeship program. The training is a combination of theory and on-the-job learning that lasts from 2 to 3 1/2 years.

Aspirants can also complete theoretical training first by enrolling in a vocational school. Upon course completion, they can enrol in an on-the-job training program for practical experience.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists must complete a 6-month recognised training program to become legally qualified. Training completion allows one to get certified, which is a primary requirement for the profession.

Waxing Technician / Nail Technician / Lash Technician / Facialist

These services are considered cosmetology areas in Germany. Aspirants are expected to finish a 3-year program to become certified or licensed.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Germany

Makeup Artist

Makeup artistry certifications are not a requirement to work in Germany. Aspirants only need high school education to start exploring opportunities in the profession.

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning is not regulated in the country. Interested aspirants can learn professional skills through any training program.