CONTINUING EDUCATION - ALASKA

Continuing Education
IN
Alaska

Every hairstylist, skin care specialist, and spa and salon owner will tell you: keeping up on the latest trends and techniques in the rapidly-changing field of cosmetology is critical to a successful business and happy clientele. The styles and techniques that were big yesterday are gone by today, replaced with the newest, the latest, and the greatest. And it is up to you to learn them so you too can continue to belong alongside the newest, the latest, the greatest, and the most hip! So, as a cosmetologist in the state of Alaska, it is exceedingly important to avail yourself of opportunities for continuing education.

What is great about continuing education is that, once you have been practicing your profession for a while, you begin to have a clearer idea of what interests you the most, and the direction you would like your career to go in. If the business side of the business interests you most, you can take continuing education courses in salon management or ownership. If you are totally into hair, you can find continuing education courses in styling, coloring, cutting, or straightening. There are even continuing education courses that focus on improving customer service!

Where to Find Continuing Education
Local cosmetology school
Local salons
Independent seminars & trade shows

Continuing education opportunities are available in many different settings. The local cosmetology school, or the one you graduated from, probably offers continuing education courses. Local salons may offer them as well, although you may need to be an employee of that particular salon to be eligible for these opportunities. And there are independent seminars and trade shows where new products are introduced, and their use demonstrated. Sometimes you can obtain continuing education credits through these means, while you learn the latest and most improved techniques and get to mingle with your colleagues in the field.

Education Details

What is great about continuing education is that, once you have been practicing your profession for a while, you begin to have a clearer idea of what interests you the most, and the direction you would like your career to go in. If the business side of the business interests you most, you can take continuing education courses in salon management or ownership. If you are totally into hair, you can find continuing education courses in styling, coloring, cutting, or straightening. There are even continuing education courses that focus on improving customer service!

License Renewal
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License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

In the state of Alaska, cosmetologists are licensed by the Alaska Board of Hairdressers and Barbers. Currently, there are no specific continuing education requirements for licensure renewal, but most beauty salons and spas have their own regulations for employees regarding regular continuing education.

Careers
$35,200 
Average

Because continuing education adds to your resume by increasing your skills, it can be a great way to increase your salary and improve your future outlook. The increased skills may translate into a raise, or a new, higher-paying position. Plus, with new and specialized skills, your services may be in even higher demand. The average salary for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Alaska is $25,800. But experienced and highly skilled professionals have the potential to earn much more. With knowledge of current and specialized techniques, such as some of the newer hair straightening methods, the ability to earn a substantial income is there. Products such as keratin treatments for straightening the hair command fees of $250-$350 per application, for example. And, of course, tips are a significant portion of your income, so the better your customer service, the higher your compensation. In the state of Alaska, cosmetologists are licensed by the Alaska Board of Hairdressers and Barbers. Currently, there are no specific continuing education requirements for licensure renewal, but most beauty salons and spas have their own regulations for employees regarding regular continuing education.

After Continuing Education

Once you have learned a new technique or skill, you can come back to your cosmetology business and let your clients know that you have expanded your offerings. Your salon may want to advertise that they now offer this new technique or skill, to bring in new clients who are specifically seeking what you can now give them. Some clients are always seeking the “next thing” in beauty, and would be open to a suggestion that they try something new. Continuing education in Alaska can help you stay fresh, current, and inspired, and help you move your career in whatever direction you wish for it to go. Even if continuing education credits are not required for your license, it makes good sense to further your education and career any chance you get! Use our directory of Alaska beauty schools to find the right program today!

State board Contact Information

Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Phone Number: 907-465-2547
Fax Number: 907-456-2974
E-mail Address: cynthia.spencer@alaska.gov

The Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing can help you with additional questions about obtaining an Alaska cosmetology license.

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