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 peoples 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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