Continuing Education

When you look at the biggest beauty trends of the last year, what do you notice? Whether you’re looking at hair, nail, or makeup trends, they all have something in common: the vast majority were not around or in style until this year.

What does this mean for you as a cosmetologist? It means that you need to stay on top of trends and techniques if you want to stay part of Montana’s beauty industry. Continuing education in Montana can help you stay current on the hottest trends.

Where to Find Continuing Education
Education Details

There are continuing education classes in a variety of fields and topics, so you can choose the courses that suit your career goals, your weak areas, or the needs of your employer. If you want to go into management, you may take courses in salon management and leadership. If you don't spend much time dying or chemically processing hair, you may take a refresher course in chemical processes. You may also attend trade shows or seminars to find out what’s going on in the local industry.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Not only is continuing education recommended across all beauty specialties and careers, it is actually required in Montana. The Montana Board of Cosmetologists and Barbers requires beauty professionals to complete 30 hours of continuing education during every two-year licensure period. If you do not keep up with your CE requirements, you may not be allowed to renew your license.


As a cosmetology professional in Montana, you may find that the job outlook is fairly stable. Once you’ve carved out your niche in the beauty community, it’s important to keep hold of it by staying current on your educational requirements. Per O*Net, the demand for cosmetologists in Montana is expected to increase by 3% through 2022. As you expand your skill base and learn more about the beauty industry in Montana, your personal job outlook may improve. Cosmetology salaries in Montana tend to be in line with national averages, and your income potential may even increase as you take your education further. O*Net reports that the average salary for a Montana cosmetologist is $23,600 per year, which is actually slightly higher than the national average.

After Continuing Education

If you look at the curricula for today’s cosmetology programs, you can quickly see how valuable continuing education is. Many cosmetology programs now focus on management and small business skills, since these skills can often make you a more appealing candidate for salon and spa employment. As a cosmetologist, you may use your continuing education in a variety of ways. You may take on a greater amount of responsibility at your salon by balancing the books, creating schedules, or training new staff. With new skills and techniques in your skill set, you may fill up your schedule with new clients or bring back old clients by telling them about what you can do. You may also become more efficient and skilled at what you’re already great at. For example, by attending trade shows you may learn about hot new products that have just hit the market. With new products and tools, you can make the most of your time as a stylist. Just look at your cosmetology career, think about where you want it to go next, and choose continuing education programs accordingly.

State board Contact Information

Montana State Board of Cosmetology
301 South Park, PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone Number: 406-841-2202 and 406-841-2205
Fax Number: 406-841-2323
E-mail Address:,, and

The Montana State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Montana state cosmetology license.

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