How do you keep up with the ever-changing, always-evolving hairstyles, hair products, skin care and makeup products that come out each year? Every style and fashion magazine features the latest and greatest, and your clients are reading these magazines and waiting to come in and ask you about them! The beauty industry moves quickly, and if you want to survive, and thrive, as a professional in the field, you need to be in front of the next big trend.
Staying current in the beauty industry is absolutely essential. Your clients stay current. You need to, too! That is why pursuing continuing education in the state of Idaho is so essential if you are a beauty industry professional.
Fortunately, opportunities for continuing education in Idaho abound. And because they are geared to working professionals, they are usually held at convenient times so you can fit them into your busy schedule. Virtually all schools of cosmetology offer continuing education courses, and a good place to start would be the school you graduated from, or those nearby where you currently live and work. Some of the larger salons offer their own continuing education seminars and workshops, although you might have to be an employee of that salon to participate. And product manufacturers teach professionals how to use their latest offerings at trade show workshops. By going to trade shows in your area, you get to network with colleagues and learn about new products and techniques, all in one place!
And the range of courses offered is diverse enough to contain offerings of interest to everyone. If you want to learn the latest hair coloring or straightening technique, you can. If you want to move into the business side of the spa or salon business, there are continuing education programs that will teach you the business skills you need to succeed or to move into a management position. And courses on improving client satisfaction can translate into bigger tips great for your bottom line!
Idaho requires license renewal every year by your birthday. The cost to renew your license is $50 annually. Currently, Idaho does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your license, but you may want to earn CEUs anyway in order to stay on top of your field and keep your skills fresh.
The average salary earned by hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Idaho in 2013 was $19,200, a figure reported by O*Net. Of course, as you enhance your skills, which is exactly what continuing education allows you to do, your ability to charge higher fees increases. Perhaps you want to learn how to apply the latest hair straightening products. A hair straightening treatment can command a fee between $250-$350 for example. And the career outlook for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is positive, so your continuing education credits should help you move in the direction you desire.
Chances are if you have been working with individual clients in the beauty field, you will continue to see your clients after taking continuing education courses, but will be able to offer them additional services and treatments. You may begin to attract new clients who specifically want the new techniques and skills you have learned. Or, you can use continuing education to move into a different direction with your career. As you take business courses, for instance, you may be able to apply for jobs as assistant manager with the expectation of moving into a managers job sometime in the future. The spa or salon you work for may want to advertise your expanded skills and services via newspaper, radio, or online. And you may want to send out announcement cards letting existing clients know about your new offerings. The beauty industry is driven by innovation new products, new techniques, and new styles come out every day, replacing yesterdays new products, techniques, and styles. Your clients are keeping up with all the changes so you have to be one step ahead of them. Taking continuing education courses in Idaho is the best way to do that, and to keep your career moving in a forward direction!
Idaho Board of Cosmetology - Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone Number: 208-334-3233
Fax Number: 208-334-3945
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Idaho State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and can answer additional questions about obtaining an Idaho state cosmetology license.