Continuing Education

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.

Where to Find Continuing Education
Schools of Cosmetology
Large Salons
Product Manufacturers & Trade Show Workshops

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!

Education Details

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!

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year
License Renewal Period

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.

After Continuing Education

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 manager’s 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 yesterday’s “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!

State board Contact Information

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:

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.


Find the Beauty Schools in Idaho that interest you below,

Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy - Couer D'Alene

410 W Neider Ave, Suite B,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Program: Cosmetology

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy cosmetology school in Coeur d’Alene offers a classic education in hair design. Open since 2017, our beauty school is part of a thriving resort community located minutes from the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Spokane, Washington – giving students a wide urban area to pursue professionally upon graduation. Only one hour from Montana, TONI&GUY CDA is central to the beautiful Greater Northwest region. Our spacious CDA campus is led by a passionate team of instructors and staff members that are dedicated to excellence in the beauty industry. Our 15,000 square foot facility features roomy classrooms using the latest in educational technology and a busy, modern clinic floor. As the premiere hair school in CDA, we offer cosmetology courses in hair, skin and nails.
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