Everything You Need To Know About Becoming A Cosmetologist
Not everyone is cut out to sit in a cubicle all day. Many people prefer to interact with clients and work with their hands. Cosmetology is a career path that allows you to do both while making the world a prettier place.
What education do you need to become a cosmetologist?
Most cosmetology programs are certificate programs. The program can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on how in-depth the program is and any state requirements regarding the scope and sequence. Some community colleges offer an associate's degree that incorporates general education classes and business classes with cosmetology classes.
Are there any prerequisites to cosmetology school?
Most states require that you be at least 16 years old and have either a high school diploma or a GED (general educational diploma) to enroll in a cosmetology program. It is important to note that each state has different requirements. For example, Arizona requires licensed cosmetologists to be 23 years old. Likewise, individual cosmetology career schools may have additional requirements.
What does cosmetology curriculum cover?
Every cosmetology school varies slightly in the coursework they offer, but most include hair care (cutting, styling, coloring), nail care, skin care, makeup application, and business courses in salon management.
Do you need a state license for cosmetology?
All states have licensing requirements for cosmetology. Your state may require a license for cosmetology as a whole or it may break it down into several licenses — barber, hairdresser, nail technician, etc. You can look up each state's requirements for licensure here.
Do you need to pass a test for a state license?
Each states varies with their requirements on testing as well. Some do not require an in-person test, but rather use records from your school as proof of competence. Other states require proof of course completion, a set number of hours of on-the-job training, and passing a state-mandated test.
Do you have to take continuing education classes?
Like most professionals, you will be required to take annual continuing education classes. This is often a state requirement but may also be a condition of employment at your salon. Continuing education classes, or con ed, are designed to help cosmetologists stay abreast of new styles and techniques as they emerge in the field.
Becoming a cosmetologist is great career move for anyone that wants to avoid life in a cubicle. It is certainly appealing to know that you can spend your days making people look beautiful. Contact a local cosmetology program to learn more.