Cosmetologists and barbers have long been overseen by a regulatory board in Minnesota. For a complete history of cosmetology boards in Minnesota, please see the agency records for groups that preceded this one, linked above.
The 2009 Legislature (Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 78, Article 6) split the Board of Barber and Cosmetologist Examiners into two separate boards effective July 1, 2009. Cosmetologist members of the Board of Barber and Cosmetologist Examiners are transferred to the new Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and will serve the remainder of their unexpired term on the new board.
Laws of Minnesota 2014, Chap. 162 made various changes to the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Minnesota law now allows a person with a current license from another state to obtain a license from Minnesota by passing both a board-approved theory and practice-based examination and the Minnesota-specific written operator examination for cosmetology, nail technician or esthetician. Under previous Minnesota law, the person needed to only pass one of these two examinations.
In conjunction with a statewide rebranding campaign, the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners changed its name to the Board of Cosmetology, effective August 28, 2017.