No matter what field you work in, your education doesn't stop after you get your degree. Its important to keep your skills and knowledge relevant to continue meeting the needs of your industry.
This is especially important in the cosmetology field, where new trends and techniques are always becoming popular.
Each continuing education option is different, so its important to think about what you want to get from the experience and choose a program that suits your needs. For example, you may want to keep your practical, technical skills fresh. If thats the case, consider taking a refresher course on some aspect of cosmetology. You can also use continuing education to learn something completely new. You may decide to learn about new hair coloring techniques, various tools that have become hot in the beauty industry, or nail art designs.
Cosmetology and barber instructors must complete 16 approved CEUs every two years. There are currently no continuing education requirements for beauty practitioners.
In many cases, continuing education is an important part of your salary and your personal job outlook. The better you are at your job and the more skills you bring to the table, the more money you may be able to earn from your base salary and tips. Currently, the average salary for a Tennessee cosmetologist is $23,600 per year (O*Net, 2014). Your continuing education may make you a more desirable job candidate at local salons. Through 2022, O*Net predicts a 19% increase in Tennessee cosmetology jobs.
As you further your training with continuing education, you may find that your job duties and responsibilities change accordingly. For example, if no one in your salon can do ombre hair coloring and you take a course on ombre hairstyles, you may become the go-to stylist for these appointments! If you decide to take continuing education courses in business management and salon ownership, you may become qualified for a management position at your salon. Entrepreneurship may be one of your goals, allowing you to turn your passion for the beauty industry into a business.
Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1147
Phone Number: 615-741-2515
Fax Number: 615-741-1310
E-mail Address: Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov
The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners can answer any questions you may have about obtaining your cosmetology license in Tennessee.