Continuing Education

If you work in the field of cosmetology, in whatever capacity – cutting and styling hair, taking care of skin, applying makeup, and more, you know that your clients are aware of all the latest trends and expect you to be, as well. Even within a single calendar year, trends come and go, and new looks become the next big thing.

For this reason, it is not enough to rely upon what you learned in cosmetology school. While that education will always be your foundation, where you learned the basics, you will need to continue your education so that you can stay current and be able to be right there for your clients with the look that is new and hot!

Where to Find Continuing Education
Cosmetology Schools
Seminars & Trade Shows

The good news is that continuing education courses are offered in a variety of different venues. Cosmetology schools offer continuing education courses all the time, and they are usually conveniently scheduled to fit in with your work day. Salons in your area may also offer continuing education seminars, where you come in for a day or half a day to learn a particular technique. Your own salon may offer programs of this kind. Seminars offered by big-name beauty houses or product lines, and trade shows are another venue for picking up continuing education credits. You can learn about how to use new products, find out about the latest styling techniques, and get a chance to network with your professionals in your area.

Education Details

The good thing about continuing your cosmetology education is that you don’t have to return to cosmetology school on a full time basis to do it. Continuing education is something you can do on your free time, and fit in with your regular job schedule, so you can continue earning while you learn. It is always a good idea to re-assess your career goals periodically, and consider ways in which you can expand your skills, command a higher salary, or move up to a more responsible position. You can take continuing education courses in an area that will move your career forward. Or, you can expand and refine your skills within your current area, learning new cutting, styling, coloring, or hair processing methods and techniques. If you are looking to move upward into the management end of the beauty industry you can take business courses or courses in salon or spa management or ownership. It is always a great idea to focus on improving your client services skills, because so much of your income depends upon making sure that your clients are satisfied and that they keep coming back.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Arkansas, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.


Enhancing your skills is always one of the best ways to improve your salary and career picture. When there are more techniques that you can use, more products you can apply, more skills you can bring to your salon, you have a better chance of getting that higher-paying position, or earning that raise. Learning the newest technique may also make the demand for your services higher among repeat and new customers. According to statistics by O*Net, the salary outlook for individuals choosing a career as hairdresser or cosmetologist is expected to be good between 2012 and 2022, with estimated growth in demand for people in this field to increase between 8% and 14%. The median salary for hairdressers and cosmetologists in Arkansas was $20,500 in 2013 ( With added experience and the addition of new skills, your income is likely to increase considerably. And some of the latest techniques, like the new anti-frizz techniques, command fees as high as $250 to $350 dollars.

After Continuing Education

Most cosmetologists in Arkansas wear a variety of hats in their professional lives. You work with many kinds of individuals from different backgrounds and with differing beauty needs. You perform a variety of different services during a typical day including hair cutting and styling, permanent waves and hair straightening procedures, and coloring and highlighting, and more. You may offer other services as well, such as nail or skin care, or help with various aspects of running the salon or spa. In between clients, you are cleaning and tidying your work station, and making sure it is fresh and attractive for your next client. The good news about continuing education is that you can work it into your schedule when and where your schedule permits. Some salons strongly encourage its cosmetologists to take continuing education credits, and are willing to grant time off for courses and programs. You can take them on your days off, or after your business hours. Whatever you do, improving your skills by taking continuing education courses is a step that can have a big pay-off for you in new clients and increased salary potential.

State board Contact Information

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
4815 W. Markham St. Slot 8
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone Number: 501-682-2168
Fax Number: 501-682-5640

The Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology can help you with obtaining an Arkansas state cosmetology license, replacing a lost cosmetology license or updating change of name or change of address information.


Find the Beauty Schools in Arkansas that interest you below,

The Salon Professional Academy

13125 HWY 107,
Sherwood, AR 72120

Program: Cosmetology

Do you Love Fasion and Beauty? Maximize Your Creativity at The Salon Professional Academy Welcome to The Salon Professional Academy in North Little Rock! The vision of our school is to provide you with Do you Love Fasion and Beauty? Maximize Your Creativity at The Salon Professional Academy Welcome to The Salon Professional Academy in North Little Rock! The vision of our school is to provide you with an education in an industry that inspires you! Our instructors understand the skills students will need to thrive in the industry. These not only include the obvious technical abilities, but sharp business skills as well. These business skills help set The Salon Professional Academy apart from other schools. If you are passionate about making a professional career out of your creativity; The Salon Professional Academy in North Little Rock can help you pursue your dreams. We are always looking for the next top stylist. A Beautiful Learning Environment Enroll in a brand new kind of school - The Salon Professional Academy. We are a REDKEN 5th Avenue School. We have a beautiful location in North Little Rock, AR that is a one-of-a-kind school. We prefer small class sizes so that every student receives the attention that will help them succeed in this industry. Visit us to see what we have to offer you. Everything you'll see reflects the finest in salon training. • Quality styling stations • Manicure tables • Pedicure thrones • Esthetic beds • Computer centers • Makeup area and retail center You can also learn using quality professional products from leading manufacturers. Some of these products may include: • Redken hair care, styling products, hair color, and texture • OPI nail products • Sorme makeup • Clinical Care Skin Solutions Program Overview Our approach to education is student-centered. That means we strive to make you a knowledgeable, prepared leader in the salon industry. Rather than relying only on traditional cosmetology practices, we continually update our educational curriculum. Redken educators from across the country come to our facility regularly to educate our instructors and students. Our instructors attend additional training and pass that new knowledge on to our students. Tuition includes books and kit. An enrollment fee is due at contract signing. Convenient payment plans may be used or loans may be arranged for those who qualify. Class size is limited. Enroll today to get the class of your choice. Contact admissions to find out more about SCHOLARSHIPS! The Salon Professional Academy in North Little Rock offers the following programs: Your Career is Waiting! We believe that the most important aspect of your training comes when your formal education is complete: your career. We aspire to help place our graduates in privately held salons and spas, where income is the highest. In addition to helping our graduates find work in local salons, we place some graduates in the 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across the country. Contact Us! We want you to experience our student-centered approach to a cosmetology education. Let us help you gain a professional edge and a new career to love!
Read more
2020-06-04 12:19:03