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Section 4713.24 | Examinations.

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(A) The state board of cosmetology shall conduct an examination for each individual who satisfies the requirements established by section 4713.20 of the Revised Code for admission to the examination. Examinations for licensure for any branch of cosmetology shall assess the ability of a prospective cosmetology professional to maintain a safe and sanitary place of service delivery. The board may develop and administer the appropriate examination or enter into an agreement with a national testing service to develop the examination, administer the examination, or both. The examination shall be specific to the type of license the individual seeks and satisfy all of the following conditions:

(1) Include both practical demonstrations and written or oral tests related to the type of license the individual seeks;

(2) Relate only to a branch of cosmetology, but not be confined to any special system or method;

(3) Be consistent in both practical and technical requirements for the type of license the individual seeks;

(4) Be of sufficient thoroughness to satisfy the board as to the individual's skill in and knowledge of the branch of cosmetology for which the examination is conducted.

(B) Not later than two years after the effective date of this amendment, the board shall create a curriculum and an examination for individuals seeking licensure to become an instructor and shall conduct an examination for each individual who satisfies the requirements established pursuant to section 4713.31 of the Revised Code for admission to the examination.

(C) The board shall adopt rules regarding the equipment or supplies an individual is required to bring to an examination described in this section.

(D) The board shall not release the questions developed for the examinations and the practical demonstrations used in the testing process, except for the following purposes:

(1) Reviewing or rewriting of any part of the examination on a periodic basis as prescribed in rules adopted under section 4713.08 of the Revised Code;

(2) Testing of individuals in another state for admission to the profession of cosmetology or any of its branches as required under a contract or by means of a license with that state;

(3) Complying with a public records request after which the questions or the demonstrations have become a public record under division (F) of this section and otherwise may lawfully be released.

(E) The examination papers and the scored results of the practical demonstrations of each individual examined by the board shall be open for inspection by the individual or the individual's attorney for at least ninety days following the announcement of the individual's grade, except for papers that under the terms of a contract with a testing service are not available for inspection. On written request of an individual or the individual's attorney made to the board not later than ninety days after announcement of the individual's grade, the board shall have the individual's practical examination papers regraded manually.

(F) Test materials, examinations, or evaluation tools used in an examination for licensure under this chapter that the board develops or contracts with a private or government entity to administer shall become public records under section 149.43 of the Revised Code fifteen years after the materials, examinations, or tools were first used in an assessment for licensure, unless the release of the record is otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, or the record is deemed to be the proprietary information of a private entity.

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