As a cosmetologist, youve likely helped dozens or even hundreds of clients feel beautiful and build up their self-esteem. If youre interested in a career in cosmetology instruction, you may have the opportunity to have the same positive reach in the lives of students.
Reach out to the Connecticut cosmetology instructor programs you see on our page to learn more today.
Its important to note that the Connecticut Examining Board for Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists has some of the most stringent requirements in the country for cosmetologists. This may affect your teaching career, as you must be able to teach to the high standards of the state of Connecticut. To qualify for teacher licensure, you need to complete a cosmetology program of 1,500 hours, pass a cosmetology exam, and then pass a cosmetology teaching exam.
Attending a Connecticut cosmetology instructor course may help you develop the skills you need to pass the cosmetology instruction exam with flying colors. You can plan on completing a curriculum that lasts six months to two years, depending on the school. You may tackle a variety of learning goals. You may brush up on cosmetology skills and techniques that you may not use frequently in your career, learn how to prepare students for careers in various beauty settings, and teach communication skills to students from different backgrounds. Your course may also delve into the cosmetology laws of Connecticut, since youll likely be responsible for communicating these to your students.
Connecticut does not offer a cosmetology instructor license, so you will need to become a licensed hairdresser in the state to be one. When you earn your license, you will have to renew it every 2 years, no later than the last day of the month in which you were born. The cost of renewing your hairdresser license will $100. You will also have to take 10 hours of continuing education courses to maintain licensure. These courses are a good way to stay current in the latest sanitation policies, and trends in the beauty industry.
Cosmetology instructors fit into a category of teachers called postsecondary vocational teachers. Instructors at this level teach adults at the post-high school level and prepare them for several job paths. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates an 8% increase in postsecondary vocational teaching jobs in Connecticut. If you have a good variety of community colleges, technical schools, and beauty colleges near you, you may have a very exciting job outlook. In general, cosmetology teaching jobs in Connecticut tend to have salaries that are in line with national averages. O*Net reports a statewide average salary of $44,200 per year for beauty instructors. As you become more skilled in different areas of instruction and develop your teaching skills, your earning potential may increase accordingly.
When you start working as a cosmetology instructor in CT, your days may be very different than they were when you worked as a cosmetologist. You may work more of a set schedule, as your work hours should center around the hours of your beauty program or school. This may allow you to work more daytime hours, although many beauty schools do offer some evening and weekend classes. In addition to putting in classroom hours, your work may require you to spend time grading, meeting with students, and developing program plans. Community outreach is a crucial part of a cosmetology instructors job. You need to get seats in chairs to ensure that your students get the practice they need, and that may mean connecting with area businesses and schools. For example, one beauty school recently gave makeovers to local life skills students. You must master the fine art of constructive criticism; this is what helps your students improve on their skills and become better cosmetologists without getting discouraged or giving up. As your students progress through their education, you may spend more time in the salon, assisting with procedures and offering encouragement.
Connecticut Dept. of Public Health - Cosmetology & Licensing
410 Capitol Ave., MS #13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone Number: 860-509-7603 x6
Fax Number: 860-509-8457
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Connecticut cosmetology license.
Finding the right network of professionals with similar thought processes is a key step in becoming a successful cosmetologist. Here are recommended professionals.
- International SalonSpa Business Network, https://salonspanetwork.org/
- International Spa Association, http://experienceispa.com/
- National Association of Barber Boards, http://nationalbarberboards.com/
- National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers, Distributors, and Associations, http://www.ncea.tv/
- National Latino Cosmetology Association, http://www.nlcamerican.org/