Continuing Education
South Carolina

When you begin a career in the cosmetology field, you may find that there are many responsibilities that you take on as a professional. These responsibilities don’t end inside the salon. In fact, it’s part of your job to keep up on changing techniques, trends, and protocols in the beauty industry.

Find out more about continuing education programs to take the steps you need to make the most of your career.

Where to Find Continuing Education
Education Details

Many salons and employers have guidelines for which type of continuing education hours employees may need. As you start your education, you may attend short seminars and conferences that touch up your skills and bring you up-to-date on developments in the beauty industry. Other in-depth courses may explore cosmetology laws and standards, new products being used in salons across South Carolina techniques, and effective management skills for salons and spas. You may want to attend events throughout the year so that you can be armed for great customer service in every season and occasion.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Operators are required to get 12 hours of cosmetology continuing education during every 2-year licensure period; the requirement is the same for cosmetology instructors.


As is the case in most other states, salaries for cosmetologists in South Carolina differ quite a bit. Overall, the average salary for a South Carolina cosmetologist is $20,000 per year (O*Net, 2014). From 2012 through 2022, O*Net expects job openings for South Carolina cosmetologists to increase by 14%.

After Continuing Education

With a few exceptions, continuing education may not considerably change your career. Continuing education may simply make you better at what you do and help you keep your skills from becoming stagnant. If you want to change your career or what you do on a daily basis, you need to plan for it and work hard. For example, if you’re up for a management position at your salon, consider a continuing education course that focus on salon management and leadership. If you’d like to take advantage of new trends that are spreading throughout your community, take a course that teacher you to how to execute those trends successfully. A little bit of planning can go a long way in continuing education.

State board Contact Information

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology
Synergy Business Park - Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone Number: 803-896-4588
Fax Number: 803-896-4484
E-mail Address:

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

2020-06-04 12:59:42