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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 10. Barbering and Cosmetology [7301 - 7427]

  ( Chapter 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1672, Sec. 3. )

ARTICLE 5. Examinations [7337 - 7345]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1672, Sec. 3. )


The examination of applicants for a license shall include both a practical demonstration and a written test and shall embrace the subjects typically taught in a program approved by the board.

The examination shall not be confined to any particular system or method. It shall be consistent in both practical and technical requirements, and of sufficient thoroughness to satisfy the board as to the applicant’s skill in, and knowledge of, the practice of the occupation or occupations for which a license is sought.

In the conduct and grading of examinations, practical demonstrations shall prevail over written tests.

The scope of examinations shall be consistent with the definition of the activities licensed under this chapter, and shall be as the board, by regulation, may require to protect the health and safety of consumers of the services provided by licensees.

The board’s examinations shall be limited to clearly job-related questions, activities, and practical services. Examinations shall also include written tests in antisepsis, disinfection, sanitation, the use of mechanical apparatus and electricity as applicable to the practice of barbering, cosmetology, or electrolysis. They may include other demonstrations and tests as the board, in its discretion, may require.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 788, Sec. 29. Effective January 1, 2004.)