The Basics of Cosmetology Licensing

At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology school is backed not only by our unmatched level of expertise and passion for educating new students, but also by the proper licensing and training. The cosmetology industry requires a strict set of standards be upheld to bring new members into its ranks, and our status here helps count us among the most reputable educators out there.

Many people don’t really know much about this area – even those looking to enter our programs. Here’s some basic information on beauty licenses, how they vary between states and what the average requirements are.

Approved School

The first step for acquiring licensing for beauty areas involves education. As of 2015, nearly every state requires hands-on training from an approved school, then sitting for the required state board exams to receive licensing. A few states may require apprenticeships, either in lieu of school or in addition.

In Utah, tests are taken through the Utah Division of Professional Licensing. Utah does allow apprenticeships for training hours for some licenses, but not all – barbers and electrologists, for instance, cannot use apprenticeships.

Minimum Hour Requirements

Within each state, there are specific minimum hour requirements for training within individual fields for licensing. The national average for a cosmetologist or barber’s license is between 1,500 and 2,100 hours – nail technicians are generally much lower, and other areas can vary wildly. Guidelines for Utah as of 2015 can be found here.

Renewals and Transfers

Once you’ve received licensing in a particular area, different states have different requirements for how often they need to be renewed, and how this happens. Utah requires a renewal every two years for a cosmetology license, with a fee of $52 per renewal. Some states require what’s called “continuing education” hours to renew licenses, but Utah is not one of them – however, these are always recommended for success in the cosmetology industry, and we’re happy to provide them at Collectiv Academy.

Transferring a license between states is another process that will vary depending on the state involved. Utah does not allow license reciprocity, but they do allow licensure by endorsement with the right qualifications. This involves your prior licensing agency submitting proof of your licensure and education hours.

Want to learn more about basic licensing requirements, or any of our other beauty school services? Speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy today.

How to Maximize Your Beauty School Experience

At a cosmetology school like Collectiv Academy, you’ll get all the tools it takes to succeed over a long career in the salon. You’ll learn everything from techniques to safety concerns, and we’ll teach you not only how to be a good stylist, but how to market and present yourself professionally to clients.

Entering one of our programs is no small life step, and you need to come into it ready for one of the most unique experiences in your life. Here are a few complimentary tips for success in our program or any beauty school situation.

Learning Never Stops

You’ll only spend a set period of time with us at Collectiv Academy, but your learning in this industry will never truly stop. The cosmetology field offers constant chances for improvement, from your first licensing exam to new techniques you may pick up 20 years into a successful career. Even within your individual program, expect to deal with an ever-varying coursework load and the sort of variety of challenges you can expect once you enter the full-time work force.

Welcome Opportunity

Even if you’re only planning to go into a very specialized area of cosmetology, keep yourself open to all avenues of learning. This includes skills, but it also includes tangential areas that are vital in the field – social elements, time management, professionalism and cleanliness.

Think about what you’d want in a stylist. Do you want someone who does the job, but is tough to communicate with and not well-organized? Or do you want someone with the skills you need, but also who you connect with? At Collectiv, we’ll give you the best of both worlds.

Varying Groups

Another thing you’ll need to be ready for with life in the salon is interaction with a widely varying group of people. Cosmetology school is the perfect place to hone this – you’ll meet people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Look to branch out as much as possible, and learn things about people from different backgrounds than yourself. Interpersonal skills are a huge deal in the salon, and the best place to fine-tune them within a similar environment is during school.

Want to learn more about any of our cosmetology school programs? The educators at Collectiv Academy are standing by.