Every beauty professional should make a commitment to continue his or her education every year, regardless of whether your state requires it to renew your license. Continuing one’s education ensures that a beauty professional always stays updated on the latest beauty treatments, techniques and technology, safety and sanitation procedures, and products and regiments to recommend to your clients.
Continuing one’s education as a beauty professional also continues to establish one’s credibility in the beauty field. The beauty field can be very competitive, especially in affluent and beauty-centric cities like Beverly Hills or Manhattan. A hairstylist can make sure that he or she continues to win the respect of clients and colleagues by continuing to take classes. Clients enjoy knowing that their cosmetologist is always being educated in the latest hair, makeup, nail, skin and hair techniques and can apply this knowledge in their own appointments. Customers trust their hairstylists and nail techs to know what’s hot and make recommendations to keep them as fashionable and trendy as possible.
Before you sign up for a cosmetology continuing education course, it is important for you to know whether the course credits can be applied toward your state’s requirements. If your state has license requirements for continuing education, then you need to ensure that you obtain the required number of credits each licensing period at a board-approved continuing education facility. You should also pay attention to the outline of a course in the syllabus. A course syllabus will help you understand what the workload will be like for a class as well as the meeting hours for the class.
Choose a course with a workload and schedule you can handle as you balance it with the demands of a current job. Weighing these two factors will ensure that you excel in the continuing education course. The good news is that most cosmetology continuing education classes range from 2 hours to 16 hours and can be completed quickly and affordably, often in a few evenings or over a weekend and you’re done.
One other factor to consider is the testing requirements for a course. Some courses may require that you pass a written exam. Other courses may only require that you log a certain number of hours in order to pass. Before you pay the money to take a continuing education course, know in advance what testing methods you can anticipate so you can be prepared and study accordingly. You can find out the requirements for your particular state by looking at the board of cosmetology’s license requirements for cosmetology continuing ed in your state. Understanding these requirements will ensure that you sign up for the right course and further your education in a way that supports your career and makes it easy to renew your license.