Continuing education is vital for growth in many professional fields, including cosmetology. Some states require continuing education as a part of the licensing requirements. In response, continuing education courses are often offered by community colleges, trade schools, and cosmetology schools.
No matter the motivation, whether it’s to meet licensing requirements or personal investment to enhance your craft, participating in additional training is important.
Here are four immediate benefits gained from continuing education and advanced training:
Sharpen Your Skills
As a licensed cosmetologist, you probably practice many of the concepts you learned in cosmetology school every day. However, many salons (and beauty professionals) tend to develop specialties or areas of expertise over time. If your salon only performs the occasional eyebrow wax or if you don’t perm long hair regularly, continuing education courses give you a chance to brush up on these skills.
Enhancing your skills can allow you to add new clients or to offer current clients additional services, which, in turn, helps to build your following and your business. The beauty of continuing education is that you can immediately put these skills and techniques into use.
Keeping Up with the Kardash....Trends
Like almost any other aspect of fashion and style, there’s always something “trending” in the beauty industry – a constant influx of new products and innovative techniques. That’s one of many things about this career that makes it exciting and ever-changing!
Consider your clients - they come to you for your expertise and incredible work. Staying up-to-date and educated benefits them and you. Clients are happy to enjoy a fresh, new service without ever venturing out of your chair. You grow when you learn, reigniting your passion by “shaking things up” with something new. Choosing the right training, completing advanced coursework, and earning certification to offer an on-trend service is a great way to expand your business.
Requirements for continuing coursework vary from state to state. Several states require between four and ten hours of classwork annually in order to renew your license. While some states may allow you to count classes about new styling techniques towards these credits, others require you to complete specific refresher courses about safety and sanitation.
In states that don’t require these advanced courses, they are still recommended. Washington State, for example, does not require continuing education classes for most licenses. They do, however, highly recommend that stylists complete on-going training to keep their skills sharp and stay current on industry trends.
Expanding Your Career
Cosmetology continuing education also provides you with the opportunity to expand your career. Perhaps after cosmetology school, you became a hairstylist then decided that you want to offer nail services. Brushing up on your skills and the in-depth training that you’ll need can be found through additional training courses.
If you decide that facials or body wraps would be a perfect addition to your skill set, spending some time in a few specialty skin courses could be the answer. Advanced education can also be an avenue for you to become a specialist in your particular field or the catalyst for discovering that you want to pursue your instructor’s license.
Ready for more but not quite sure how to begin?
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