What is the biggest challenge for beauticians and hair stylists? It must be keeping one step ahead of their clients in terms of knowing the latest fashions, looks, and styles. Clients read the monthly fashion, style, and beauty magazines, so they know what looks are in, and what products are hot. And they will ask you about them, and expect you can reproduce that look, or sell them that product.
If your clients keep current, there is no way you can afford not to. In fact, ideally, you are one step ahead of them knowing what is about to become the next big trend or look. This is one way that taking continuing education courses can help you.
There are also lots of opportunities to find continuing education courses. Schools of cosmetology, hair design and hair dressing offer them, and usually make them available during evening and weekend hours when busy professionals have time to take them. Some community colleges may offer continuing education courses. And some of the bigger salons offer workshops and seminars in the use of a particular product or technique. Finally, you can take continuing education courses at some of the professional trade shows that are held each year. Here you will find different vendors all under the same roof, and all eager to show you their latest products and service. You can walk around, network with other professionals, and take training workshops in any area that interests you, all within the same day.
By continuing to study, you enhance your skills and familiarize yourself with the latest techniques and styles. You can also use continuing education courses to take your career in a new direction, one which can help you continue to grow and move up in the profession. For example, you may decide that you want to enter salon management. There are continuing education programs that can help you learn the business skills you need to know to apply for jobs as an assistant manager and eventually a manager. You can even study ways to enhance your customers satisfaction!
Currently, Maryland does not require CEUs to renew licenses, but continuing education hours are always recommended to stay current in the industry.
Cosmetologists, hair dressers, and hair stylists in Maryland earned an average wage of $25,400 in 2013 according to O*Net. One of the big advantages of taking continuing education courses is that it will enable you to enhance your skills. Often this translates into being able to charge a higher fee. And some of the newest skills and techniques are associated with higher than usual fees. For example, the hair straightening techniques that have been in vogue for the past three years or so command fees of $250 to $350 for a single treatment. So continuing education may help you earn more as well as learn more.
If you are a practitioner in the beauty industry, chances are you spend most of your time seeing individual clients, mostly by appointment but possibly walk-ins, too. Most continuing education courses you take wont drastically alter the way you work, but might enable you to provide new services to your existing clients, or attract new clients. If you have learned a new skill or technique, you will need to let people know about it! Your salon may want to advertise the fact that you now offer this service in the newspaper, online, or on the radio. You may want to send out announcement cards. And youll certainly want to tell your existing clients about it, and possibly offer a few of them the new service free of charge so they will spread the word of how great it is! If your continuing education courses have taken you in a potentially new direction, like into the business side of the beauty business, you may feel prepared to ask about taking on some assistant manager responsibilities at your current place of work. Everybody benefits when you expand your knowledge you, your clients, and your salon management.
Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.