For many women and men, the most unpleasant part of a daily or weekly beauty routine is shaving. Shaving is time-consuming, it’s easy to miss spots, and it may lead to nicks or cuts. Because of the downsides of many types of hair removal, more and more people in Montana are turning to electrolysis, a safe and permanent type of hair removal.

If you want to get involved in this industry, learn more about what it takes to become an electrologist.

State License Requirements

As you look into electrology programs in Montana, you want to ensure that you pick a program that meets the standards of the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. They require you to complete a 600-hour training course before you can apply for licensure.

Education Details

You may know that you need to be well-versed in biology and human anatomy to begin a career as an electrologist. In the curriculum of your program, you may cover in-depth topics like histology, human anatomy and physiology, hair growth, and skin development. You can also learn about common skin problems and issues that may make electrolysis an unsafe option. Once you have the background of electrology down pat, you can move on to the practical part of your education. You cover skills like the single needle method, the multiple needle method, the blended method, and thermolysis. Find out more about the future of electrology and what it’s like to work in this field.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

Montana is a licensed electrology state requiring a minimum of 600 hours of training for practitioners. The Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists handles the licensing and renewal processes for this state. Here is a link to a nice breakdown of the renewal schedule and fees. Basically, you need to renew every two years by March 1st. The fee for renewal is $80. Montana does not impose continuing education units on electrology professionals. But they can be a great way to stay compliant and in tune with best practices. 

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Hair removal is a priority for many people across Montana, so you may enjoy a great job outlook when you start your career as an electrologist. O*Net expects to see a 40% increase in skin care specialty jobs between 2012 and 2022. This includes jobs in electrolysis and other types of hair removal. When compared to other professions, this job growth rate is much higher than average (O*Net, 2012). One major benefit of beginning your career in Montana is the increased earning potential. Per O*Net, the average salary for a Montana skin care specialist is $31,900 per year, which is $3,000 higher than the national average. Their estimates indicate that the highest paid skin care specialists in this state earn more than $53,600 per year (O*Net, 2013). By building a reputation for yourself and marketing your skills to your community, you may increase your bookings and increase your income potential.

Working as an Electrologist

If you’re interested in the beauty industry and you’ve been looking for a specialty that allows you to have a major positive impact in people’s lives, electrology may well be the field for you. Just look at the story of Laurie Guilbault. This successful electrologist has made life more enjoyable for many people in her city, simply by removing their unwanted hair. In one case, the work she did helped a woman develop her confidence, get a promotion at work, and start living life to the fullest. Electrology is an important field, so you should be ready to concentrate on your career and dedicate yourself to your patients’ needs. Whether you’re performing a consultation or doing electrolysis, you must be able to focus and carry out the task at hand. This may involve seeing patients multiple times as hair growth slows and eventually stops. You must also be discreet—hair removal may involve working with various parts of the body, and your clients must feel comfortable while you’re working with them.

State board Contact Information

Montana State Board of Cosmetology
301 South Park, PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone Number: 406-841-2202 and 406-841-2205
Fax Number: 406-841-2323
E-mail Address: dlibsdcos@mt.gov, DLIBSDLicensingUnitB@mt.gov, and DLIBSDLicensingUnitA@mt.gov

The Montana State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating 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 Montana state cosmetology license.

High demand for versatile skin care technicians is in place in Montana. As
such, these experts make it a point to incorporate a multitude of treatments
into what they offer including electrology. Those interested in learning more
consult these organizations.

Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
American Institute of Education
Montana Electrology Candidate Information Bulletin

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