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NIC Announces Support for Universal Licensing Recognition for US-Based and International Beauty Professionals


The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) announces formal support for universal licensing recognition for the beauty professional communities. As part of this initiative, NIC is partnering with Certemy, a leading provider of professional licensing management software, to introduce a new National Credential and a new National Database.

Universal licensing recognition will help our industries streamline national standards for cosmetology, barber, manicure, esthetics and related professions in the education and training programs, while promoting license portability across state lines. “As the leading advocacy organization for the cosmetology and related professions, we look forward to helping our industries embrace these new opportunities.

What is the NIC National Credential?
The NIC National Credential is available to individuals who have taken the NIC Written, Practical and/or Written Practical examinations. This credential will demonstrate an individual is recognized and validated by NIC. We plan to launch the NIC National Credential in late 2021.

What is the NIC National Database?
The NIC National Database will provide a national and international registry of participating professionals in the beauty industries. The database will include licensure status, expiration dates and any restrictions on license if appropriate. NIC/Certemy will provide a simple mechanism for participating state boards to upload data in order to keep the database current. A licensee’s record can show every state they are licensed in and the type of licenses. States, Licensed Professionals and Employers will be able to perform online searches of the database at any time to confirm active licensure, if validated by the originating state of licensure. NIC plans to launch the National Database in 2022.

About The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)
NIC’s mission statement is to promote the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the professional workforce by actively pursuing excellence in cosmetology and related fields. Learn more about NIC at

About Certemy
Certemy is a leading provider of professional licensing management software for state licensing boards and national regulatory agencies. Our licensing management platform streamlines and automates licensing workflows to help clients become more efficient, transparent, and agile while reducing IT costs and administrative burdens. Learn more about Certemy at

If you are interested in learning more about the national credential and national database, please visit our website at You can sign up by providing your name and email under the “keep me posted” button on the bottom of the page.

If you have specific questions, please contact Susan Colard by email or telephone listed below.

Contact Information
Susan Colard
Executive Director/Government Relations
National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)
(803) 922-7476

NIC/Certemy will also be providing a live demonstration of these new programs at the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) annual conference that will be held October 1 – October 4, 2021 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are interested in learning more about the annual conference, please visit our website at on the Event tab. You can also contact us by email at

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