An applicant for a license to be an electrologist must:

  1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  2. Terms Used In Tennessee Code 63-26-111

    • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health and includes designees of the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • Electrologist: means any person practicing electrolysis for the permanent removal of hair. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • Electrology: means the art and practice relating to the removal of hair from the normal skin of the human body by application of an electric current to the hair papilla by means of a needle or needles so as to cause growth inactivity of the hair papilla and thus permanently remove the hair. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • Electrology instructor: means an electrologist who is licensed by the commissioner to practice and teach electrology. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • Electrolysis: means the process by which the hair is removed from the normal skin by the application of an electric current to the hair root by means of a needle or needles, whether the process employs direct electric current or short wave alternating electric current or combination of both, or by FDA approved laser beam process designated for permanent hair removal. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • School: means an electrology school teaching the art of electrology. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
    • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

  3. Be of good moral character;
  4. Have been graduated by an accredited high school or have completed equivalent recognized education;
  5. Have completed an electrology education program that is approved under this chapter, which includes:

    1. At least one hundred fifty (150) hours of electrolysis theory and at least three hundred fifty (350) hours of clinical practice taught by a licensed electrology instructor;
    2. An electrology education program in any other state that the commissioner determines is substantially equivalent to that required by subdivision (4)(A); or
      1. At least six hundred (600) hours of electrology practice taught by a dermatologist approved by the commissioner who has documented continuing education in electrology theory and practice;
      2. Applicants who satisfy the educational requirements for licensure under this subdivision (4)(C) shall be eligible for practice as an electrologist only under the direct supervision and control of a dermatologist approved by the commissioner, and shall receive a limited license that bears an endorsement to that effect, upon passing the state board examination, payment of all prescribed fees and the satisfying of license renewal fees and requirements;
      3. The dermatologist shall notify the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee as to each student who begins the training program pursuant to this subdivision (4)(C);
      4. The dermatologist shall also notify the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee when an electrologist is no longer under the supervision and control of such dermatologist; and
      5. Hours of training and experience received by applicants after January 1, 1989, may be applied to the experience provisions of this subdivision (4)(C);
  6. Have successfully passed an examination approved by the commissioner;
  7. Have paid all fees required by this chapter; and
  8. Have submitted an application to the commissioner on a prescribed form.