Board for Barbers & Cosmetology | Upcoming Exam Changes 

    9/20/2016 Updates: 

    The last date to take the examination through NTN is Friday, December 30, 2016. NTN will not refund exam fees paid by candidates who do not take the exam by the end of the year.  

    • At this time, we expect Wednesday, November 30, 2016, will be the last day to apply to take the exam through the current vendor.
    • If you plan to take the exam this year, ALL application information and supplemental documentation must be received by NTN no later than Wed., Nov. 30th.
    • If you have submitted an exam fee to NTN and have not yet scheduled and/or taken the exam, we advise you to do so as soon as possible to avoid forfeiting the exam fees paid. 
    • All fees submitted to NTN without taking the exam before the transition will be forfeited and will not be refunded.

    If you take the exam through NTN (must be by Dec. 30, 2016):
    • Make sure to check the NTN exam portal to retrieve your score no later than Monday, January 9, 2017
    • Although all scores are to be posted by Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, after January 9th the exam portal will be closed and candidates will not be able to access their exam information. 


    Effective January 1, 2017, NTN/Ergometrics will no longer be the Board’s exam vendor. 
    • Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS) has been selected as the Board's new examination vendor, using the Virginia competitive bidding procurement process. Additional information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks as we begin the transition planning.
    • As part of the vendor transition, the Board voted on August 8th to test candidates using the national NIC examination, which we expect to begin on January 1, 2017.
    • Learn more about the NIC examinations at: https://nictesting.org/testing-program/

    Please stay tuned for updates on the Board’s webpage as details are finalized.