The beauty industry is regulated by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers and the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.

The boards cover these professions in the industry:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Georgia, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in Georgia, USA

Facialist / Makeup Artist / Waxing Technician / Lash Technician (Lash Extensions, Lash Tint, Brow Tint)

Estheticians cover a broad scope of beauty services, and this includes facials, makeup, waxing and lash enhancements. They are expected to finish an esthetician program of 1,000 hours at an approved school. They are also required to complete 250 theory hours before they can perform clinical services.


Hairstylists or hair designers must complete 1,350 training hours at any accredited institution. They must have 250 theory hours before offering clinical services to clients.


Master barbers in Georgia should complete training of 1,500 hours at an approved college or school. They must obtain 280 hours of theory before providing clinical services. Barber II applicants are expected to complete 1,140 training hours, with 190 hours of theory that must be obtained prior to offering clinical services.

Nail Technician

Nail technicians or nail care technicians should complete 525 training hours and must obtain 140 theory hours before providing clinical services.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists in the state are required to complete 500 training hours at a recognised program. They must also provide official verification from the FSMTB or NCBTMB that they passed the MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM or any equivalent examination.

For applicants from another state or outside the country, the licensing requirements are provided here:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Georgia, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Aspirants for this profession can enjoy learning professional skills from any training provider considering the lack of licensing requirements. Many courses are available online around the world.

Lash Technician (Lash Lift)

Lash techs who are only interested in offering lash lifts can also learn from any course provider. Since lash lifting or perming is not regulated in the state, they can master the skills successfully online or in class.