Teacher Training

Perhaps you have been practicing as a hairstylist, hairdresser, or cosmetologist for awhile and you are interested in finding a new challenge, one that can move your career forward, allow you to utilize the skills you have developed over the years, and remain in the beauty industry, while at the same time adding something different and interesting to the mix. If this is true for you, then perhaps you should consider becoming a cosmetology instructor. Helping people develop their own talents and skills in the beauty industry is a special talent of its own, with many rewards.

Mentoring others, and helping them get off on the right foot in the field of cosmetology takes a special kind of person, someone who truly cares about other people’s well-being and has the patience to see them through the inevitable learning curve. But if this sounds appealing, then consider going for teacher training in Iowa!

State License Requirements
Hours + Cosmetology License
2 Years
Work Experience in Last 6 Years

To become licensed as a cosmetology teacher in Iowa, you must first become licensed as a cosmetologist. To be eligible for the licensing exam, you must complete 2100 hours of training. You can then take the licensing exam, consisting of a theoretical (written) and practical (skills) part. In Iowa, you must have practiced for at least one year as a licensed cosmetologist in order to become eligible for the cosmetology instructor license. Plus, you must complete an additional 550 hours of training. Altogether, the additional training should take between three and six months. The Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences administers the licensing exam for both the cosmetology license and the cosmetology instructor license.

Education Details

Most schools of hairstyling, hairdressing, and cosmetology offer programs of instruction in becoming a cosmetology instructor. These programs teach you the art and science of teaching. You will learn different teaching techniques and tools, since students have different learning styles and need to be taught using a method most appropriate to them. You will learn how to plan curricula, how to give a class presentation, encourage student participation, and prepare tests and evaluations. Much of your time will be involved in student teaching.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

In Iowa, you can become a cosmetology instructor after you earn your cosmetology license and complete at least 1,000 hours of teacher training. Or, you can also qualify if you can accumulate 2 years’ worth of experience over the previous 6 years. Iowa also makes professionals complete 8 continuing education classes every 2 years. These can be a great way to keep up your professional skills. You will have to renew your license every even-numbered year by December 31st. The fee is $60, and processed by the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The average yearly salary earned by vocational education teachers at the postsecondary level, in Iowa, was $41,400 in 2013, the last year for which statistics were reported, according to O*Net. The demand for this type of teacher is expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2012 to 2022, meaning there should be jobs available for newly graduated cosmetology instructors.

Working as a Cosmetology Instructor

Once you have become licensed as a cosmetology instructor, you have a number of venues in which you can work. Probably the largest employer of cosmetology instructors is at schools of hairdressing, hairstyling, and cosmetology, where cosmetology instructors make up the faculty. They are also employed at vocational high schools and other vocational programs. Some of the day to day tasks of cosmetology instructors include: Meeting with prospective cosmetology students and helping to assess if cosmetology or related fields are right for them Teaching hands-on classes in one or more aspect of the hairstyling, hairdressing, and cosmetology field, such as hair care and styling, nail care, skin care, or makeup Administering and grading tests and exams Evaluating student skills in performing cosmetology tasks on live people and giving students constructive feedback Meeting one-on-one with students to offer guidance and mentoring Preparing students for the state board exam in cosmetology Being a cosmetology instructor is possible on both a full time and part time basis. It may also be possible for you to continue practicing your particular skill in a salon or spa while teaching. Scheduling usually allows some flexibility, so this is a good career to work around other responsibilities you may have, such as raising a family. Not everyone has the qualities needed to be able to nurture and develop the next generation of cosmetologists. However, if you enjoy working with people and helping them develop their talents and skills, especially young people, then a career as a cosmetology instructor could be a very fulfilling and rewarding choice! Take the next step and find beauty schools in your area to request information!

State board Contact Information

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: 515-281-0254
Fax Number: 515-281-3121

The Iowa State Board of Cosmetology can help you with any additional questions you may have about the licensing process.

If you want to be successful beautician in Iowa after you obtain your Cosmetology degree, you will find successful leads, tips, and tricks by joining a Cosmetologists Association. Some of the associations are:

  • Cosmetologists and Barbers of Iowa
  • Salon and Spa Association
  • Iowa Cosmetology Schools Association

Find the Beauty Schools in Iowa that interest you below,

Zeal Salon and Spa Academy

11938 Sherrill Road,
Dubuque, IA 52002

Program: Teacher Training

The owners of Zeal Academy have a combined 30 years experience in the Salon & Spa industry, in both service & education.  "We have taken our experiences from other schools & spas, and The owners of Zeal Academy have a combined 30 years experience in the Salon & Spa industry, in both service & education.  "We have taken our experiences from other schools & spas, and adopted the principles we loved, and shifted the ones we didn't. Combining them formed the perfect atmosphere, space, curriculum, & team! We focus on not only the professional development, but also the personal development, of our students & staff. Our instructors all have extensive experience & expertise, as well as passion for the subjects they teach; in my 10 years as an educator, I can honestly say I look forward to the lessons I learn from my students as much as I look forward to teaching! One truly never stops learning & Growing." - Randi Lynn Weiland 
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Aveda Institute Des Moines

6905 Mills Civic Pkwy. Suite 120,
Des Moines (West), IA 50266

Program: Cosmetology

Do What You Love For some people, beauty doesn't just catch their eye; it catches their heart. If you're drawn to the beauty industry, let Aveda Institute Des Moines guide you toward a Do What You Love For some people, beauty doesn't just catch their eye; it catches their heart. If you're drawn to the beauty industry, let Aveda Institute Des Moines guide you toward a fulfilling future. We prepare students for creative, successful and rewarding careers in the salon and spa industries. Embrace your raw talent. Get excellent education. Pursue your passion. Choosing to enroll at Aveda Institute Des Moines is choosing to nurture your natural ability. At Aveda Institute - Des Moines, we provide the following programs: • Cosmetology • Esthetics • Massage Therapy Love Your Community As a student at Aveda Institute - Des Moines, you can join a growing, strong, sustainable network of salon and spa professionals. We're one of the fastest-growing networks in the beauty industry. What does that mean for you? As a graduate of Aveda Institute - Des Moines, you can find professional support in virtually every facet of the beauty industry. Whether you're interested in working at a salon, resort or owning your own business, you can continue to benefit from joining the Aveda network throughout the lifetime of your career. Be Inspired. Be Nourished. Be Refreshed. Aveda education teaches, nourishes, refreshes and connects people who are pursuing their passions in the beauty industry. We were founded on caring for you and for the Earth. As a result, the Aveda brand is rooted in environmental sustainability. As a student, you can gain a thorough understanding of our huge line of earth-friendly products. We provide: Organic ingredients and practices Plant-based alternatives Responsible packaging Wind-powered operations Environmentally sound options At Aveda Institute - Des Moines, we are passionate both as artists and as citizens. As a student, you'll be encouraged to seek out ways to make the world around you a better place to be. Contact Us Today! Answer beauty's call. Contact Aveda Institute Des Moines today and do what you love!  
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American Hair Academy

304 South Iris Street,
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

Program: Cosmetology

Welcome to American Hair Academy If you've ever considered becoming a cosmetologist, the time is now. In fact, there's never been a better time to pursue your beauty training and enjoy a job Welcome to American Hair Academy If you've ever considered becoming a cosmetologist, the time is now. In fact, there's never been a better time to pursue your beauty training and enjoy a job you will love! Employers are looking for skilled beauty workers, and graduates of schools like American Hair Academy are sought after by top salons. If you're an artistic person who appreciates helping others look and feel great about themselves, let American Hair Academy guide you toward your professional goals! As a cosmetologist, you'll enjoy flexible scheduling, increased earning potential and working in the exhilarating beauty industry. About Us At American Hair Academy, we base our success on the success of our students. If you have the desire and the confidence to achieve academic advancement, we can give you the tools you need to reach your professional goals. You'll learn from dedicated instructors who are invested in your future. We train students for careers in various positions in the beauty industry, including: • Stylist • Color specialist • Product representative • Platform artist • Salon manager • Salon owner • And more! American Hair Academy also makes every effort to assist our students with career placement. Financial Aid At American Hair Academy, we believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to benefit from higher education. That's why we provide financial aid to those who qualify. We'll help you explore your options so you can decide on the best way to pay for your education. Licensure & Accreditation • Licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Professional Licensure • Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) For more information about our cosmetology program, including federally required disclosures please click:  http://www.americanhairacademy.com
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