Continuing Education

As you grow in your cosmetology skills and start flourishing in your career, you may wonder how you can keep growing and keep contributing to the beauty community of Oregon. The answer, of course, is continuing education.

By regularly participating in continuing education in Oregon throughout the year, you can make sure that your skills never grow old and stagnant.

Where to Find Continuing Education
Salon Floor

Sometimes, continuing education takes place in traditional settings. You may sit in a classroom and review cosmetology laws, learn about new statutes and standards, or discuss issues in the industry at large. You may also spend time on the salon floor, practicing a new technique on a mannequin head. However, continuing education can also take place in other venues. For example, attending a trade show and learning about new products being used in your area can count for several continuing education hours. Check out our list of continuing education schools below and find out what’s available near you.

Education Details
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology continuing education is not required for most licenses, except for electrology and permanent makeup, as these careers are certified by a different board.


Oregon’s cosmetology industry is going through a period of massive growth. In fact, this industry is expanding so quickly that many beauty employers cannot keep up with hiring needs. Through 2022, O*Net expects a 31% increase in cosmetology jobs. This growth rate is more than two times above the national average (O*Net, 2012). In this state, the average salary for a cosmetology professional is $23,800 per year (O*Net, 2014).

After Continuing Education

Whether you’re a new beauty professional or you’re experienced in this field, continuing education can change your career as a cosmetologist. Imagine, for example, that you mainly work with hair and you’d like to spend more time on manicures and pedicures. By taking a continuing education course in nail art techniques, you may build your skills to the point that you become more well-known for your nail designs. If there are management openings at your place of employment, perhaps a continuing education class in salon management can help you qualify for it. You can decide what you want to do with your skills and choose continuing education courses that fit your long-term goals.

State board Contact Information

Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA)
700 Summer Street NE, Suite 320
Salem, OR 97301-1287
Phone Number: 503-378-8667
Fax Number: 503-370-9004
E-mail Address:

For specific questions, please contact the Oregon Board of Cosmetology directly for more information.

2020-06-03 05:07:05