Continuing Education

As you likely know, trends in cosmetology change all the time! The styles that clients are requesting from you today may be obsolete six months from now. How do you keep up on all the new styles and techniques that the beauty industry comes up with?

You can attend continuing education courses. If you want to be sure your skills are top-notch, use our directory of schools to learn more about programs in your area!

Where to Find Continuing Education
Education Details

There are many types of classes that focus on continuing education in Virginia, but perhaps some of the most popular courses focus on the craft of cosmetology. There are courses for cosmetologists, nail technicians, barbers, and estheticians. In courses that are tailored to your beauty specialty, you may learn about new trends that are coming out of major cities like New York and Paris. This may involve learning new cutting or styling techniques, working with mannequin heads to test your new skills, and practicing client consultations. If you'd prefer to take other types of continuing education courses, there are other options. Many salons require their employees to take an annual safety and hygiene courses. This helps you refresh your knowledge of Virginia cosmetology laws and make the most of sanitation standards in your salon. Other classes may target your professional development. This is a good opportunity for people that are interested in becoming salon managers, trainers, salon owners, or instructors. Continuing education courses may give you the opportunity to build on your business skills and prepare for the rest of your career.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Though many experts in the field contend that continuing education is a crucial part of cosmetology careers, continuing education is not technically required in Virginia. The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology does not have any continuing education requirements for any of the professions they currently regulate. However, some salons may require their employees to continue their education as a condition of employment.

High End

The overall job outlook for cosmetology professionals is positive. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net expects job openings in this field to increase by 11%. Each year, this works out to about 750 job openings (O*Net, 2012). Salaries in Virginia vary widely. Cosmetology is a field that values experience, education, and reputation, so your earning potential may increase as you work in the industry. The average salary for a Virginia cosmetologist, according to O*Net, is $28,000 per year. Reported salaries go all the way up to $60,200 per year (O*Net, 2013).

After Continuing Education

If you look at the great success stories of the cosmetology world, you'll quickly realize that they have one thing in common: continuing education. Anyone who has an impact on the beauty industry or on the lives of their clients knows how important it is to never get complacent. They understand that you must always keep growing and keep expanding your knowledge base. Anthony Fiore is a huge name in the cosmetology industry. In addition to being a successful stylist, he started a major chain of cosmetology schools and revolutionized the industry. He notes that the most important traits in this field are passion, talent, and dedication. Depending on the continuing education courses you take, you may see a significant impact on your career. For example, broadening your abilities and skills may help you reach a new client base. If you currently work with mostly older women but want to reach teenagers, you may take a class on new coloring and cutting techniques. Bringing these modern skills to your career can help you make a name for yourself as a great stylist for all ages. Continuing education can also reshape your career path. As you learn more about different specialties and careers in your continuing education, you may decide to pursue a second license, become an instructor, or open your own salon. There are many ways to use continuing education! Sharpen your skills and increase your potential for success in the world of beauty. Contact the schools in your area to learn more about their continuing education programs!

State board Contact Information

Virginia Board for Barbers & Cosmetology
Perimeter Center, Suite 400
9960 Maryland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone Number: 804-367-8509
Fax Number: 866-245-9693
E-mail Address:

For specific questions, including change of address information, license renewal and out-of-state licensing forms, please contact the Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology directly, using the contact information above.


Find the Beauty Schools in Virginia that interest you below,

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Arlington

4238 Wilson Boulevard,Ste. 2150
Arlington, VA 22203

Program: Cosmetology

Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students are educated by professionals, using innovative curriculums that blend professional techniques with retail and business-building skills. Experience the AVEDA difference and start your journey today! • iPad Mini included in every kit • Digital curriculum offers 24/7 access • CampAVEDA immersion program • Salon tours & career fairs • License fees included • 8, 000 salons, spas, institutes and stores in 32 countries Why Aveda With over 30 years of nurturing beauty, environmental leadership and responsibility, AVEDA sources organic, plant-based alternatives to synthetic chemicals and packaging, providing high-performing, award-winning products that are good for professionals, our guests and the earth. AVEDA is the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power. By committing to alternative energy sources we can all have an impact on the energy we consume and help lower our carbon footprint. Programs Offered Cosmetology Training Program Express your creativity and talent! Our Cosmetology program and master student phase incorporate theory with extensive hands on experience to provide you with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. The Cosmetology course includes hair cutting, color, texture services, nail care, makeup application, business development, retail knowledge and the concept of gaining and retaining clients. Upon completion, students move on to the master student phase for intensive real-world training to hone their skills. Esthiology Training Program The AVEDA Institute's innovative Esthiology program offers students the opportunity to learn specialized techniques to balance and renew the skin, body and elemental nature. Hands-on clinical experience includes facials, waxing, makeup application, business development, wellness and retail knowledge. Upon graduation, participants will be prepared to take the state licensing examination, opening the door to a future as an esthetician. What They Say About Us "My favorite part about the AVEDA Institute is the level of growth I have experienced. This process began from day one with the specialized, individual attention I received from my educators. This attention has continued and I feel very comfortable being able to express myself in ways I didn't think possible. Now I'm very outgoing and have the confidence to perform all techniques I‘ve learned. So far this career is a really great journey and I enjoy being challenged at the AVEDA Institute, which has truly encouraged me to be the best "me" I can be."  - Kaitlyn, student Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
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