Continuing Education
South Dakota

What makes a great cosmetologist? Of course, you need excellent technique, passion for your craft, and dedication to your customers. However, perhaps the most important trait you can have is a desire to learn.

With how quickly styles change in the beauty industry, being willing to adapt to new expectations and standards can make you a great asset. Learn more about continuing education programs in South Dakota by reaching out to the schools below.

Where to Find Continuing Education
Management Schools
Trade Shows

As you look into the options available in your community, you may find that you can advance your education in many different ways in South Dakota. You might be able to develop your cosmetology skills with cutting, coloring, and styling seminars. If you’re interested in deepening your understanding of the industry at large, you may study cosmetology standards, statistics, and laws. Many schools offer management and training courses for those who want to take on greater responsibility at their place of employment. Trade shows can be an excellent way to get your continuing education hours, network with other professionals in the industry, and offer greater value to your customers.

Education Details
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology instructors are required to get 12 hours of cosmetology continuing education per year; most other cosmetology licenses do not currently have any continuing education requirements. You will have to complete CEUs if you want to offer microdermabrasion or electric nail filing services.


Continuing education may have a profound impact on your job outlook and your salary. Simply put, continuing education may give you a wider variety of skills that make you an in-demand stylist and leader, both to salons and to customers. Overall, job openings for South Dakota cosmetologists are expected to increase by 7% through 2022 (O*Net, 2012). The average salary for a South Dakota cosmetology professional is $28,300 per year (O*Net, 2014).

After Continuing Education

Your ongoing training may fit into your career in many different ways. Some employers pay for continuing education, as they realize how it benefits their business and continued growth. You may be able to choose the courses that interest you and fit into your overall goals, or you may be required to take certain classes that most benefit your employer. As you grow in your education, you may be able to grow in your career as well. By offering new services and styles, you can attract an entire new client base and fill up your schedule book.

State board Contact Information

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: 605-773-6193
Fax Number: 605-773-7175
E-mail Address:

The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission can answer questions about getting, transferring or renewing your South Dakota cosmetology license.

2020-06-03 04:20:49