Upon acceptance of your application and processing of the application fee, applicants will proceed to the examination phase of the licensure. The test for licensure is administered in two parts:


THEORY: The State of North Carolina uses computer based testing via Prometric (our third party vendor) to administer the theory examination. We utilize the International Board of Electrolysis Certification (IBEC) testing instrument.


Follow these steps to schedule your theory examination: 


  1. Visit Prometric to schedule your exam (www.prometric.com)

  2. Select the AEA (American Electrology Association) as the test sponsor

  3. Select the IBEC Licensure Exam

  4. Search for testing location nearest you

  5. Select "Schedule an appointment" and follow directions for choosing a date


Fee Note: The test fee = $150 and must be paid when registering for an appointment. 

Since the test fee of $150 exceeds the statutory amount that may be charged for the exam ($125), we will credit the excess $25 paid towards other fees of licensure upon successful completion of all exam requirements.


Prometric has several test sites in NC including Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Asheville. Please visit the Prometric site for the most up-to-date listing.












The hands-on part of the exam will require you to demonstrate skill in hair removal by Thermolysis, Blend or Multi-Needle. You may select the modality of your choice. An NCBEE board member and one other licensed electrologist will conduct the clinical examination. The assigned NCBEE board member will contact you directly to arrange for the clinical exam.


An applicant for the clinical examination must provide:


  • a model with sufficient superfluous hair available at two sites on the face or body to offer the opportunity for positioning and repositioning during the treatment. Your model cannot be an electrologist, a student of electrology or a shared person.

  • an epilator

  • packaged sterile disposable probes

  • packaged sterile forceps

  • before-treatment and after-treatment products of your choice for your model

  • alcohol (70%), cotton balls, and paper towels

  • a Sharps container for disposable probes

  • any other topical anesthesia, eye guards, pillows, lines for draping, etc., you choose for the safety and comfort of your model

  • your own brand and size latex gloves

  • your own magnifying lamp of choice


Please wear a clean white lab coat or scrubs.

A table for your model will be provided.


The process for the clinical examination is as follows:


  1. Take a medical case history on your model (form will be provided)—15-20 minutes to complete.  Do not use real identity information for model, i.e., name address and phone. 

  2. Set up your epilator and other equipment – 15-20 minutes allowed.

  3. After completion of setup proceed with pre-treatment procedures i.e., sanitation, hand-washing

  4. Begin treatment.


During the treatment time, there will be oral questions and observation in evaluation of your ability to successfully remove hair by electrolysis – approximate time 30 minutes.

Study Materials:


“Principles and Techniques for the Electrologist” by Ann Gallant

“Electrolysis, Thermolysis and the Blend” by Arthur Hinkle and Richard Lind

“Cosmetic and Medical Electrolysis and Temporary Hair Removal” by R.N. Richards/G.E. Meharg



You will receive a verbal confirmation of your test results before you leave the clinical test site.


Prior to receiving your license, your practice setting will be required to pass an inspection conducted by the Board’s third party contractor.  Upon passing the inspection and remitting initial license and inspection fees of $225, you will be allowed to practice electrolysis. Your official certificate of licensure will be sent to you as soon as Board members can sign it.  If you have questions concerning your test or inspection scores, please direct them to the Board in writing.


We wish you the very best, and if you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Upon the acceptance of your application and processing of the application fee, individuals will proceed to the examination phase of licensure.


The test for licensure is administered in two parts - THEORY & CLINICAL/PRACTICAL


Passing score for Written Exam = 70

Passing score for Clinical Exam = 135  (out of a possible 180 points)

Testing dates are determined by education completion dates.  The written portion of the exam is administered online and may be taken at the applicant's convenience at one of the  many testing sites in the state.  See THEORY & CLINICAL/PRACTICAL and study material below:

Once applicant have passed the written portion of their examination immedately contact the board with you passing results and make arrangement for the clinical portion of the examination. 


Testing is usually done on the weekends. 

Next Testing:   Date - October 16, 2016 at the NCBEE Office, Greensboro, NC


G.S. 88-A-10 Requirements for licensure as an Electrologist 


(b)  At least twice a year, the Board shall give an examination to applicants for licensure to determine the applicant’s knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relating to the theory and practice of electrology.  The Board shall give applicants notice of the date, time and place of the examination at least 60 days in advance.