After Cosmetology School Graduation: Continuing Education

Graduating from cosmetology school is one of the most rewarding experiences for an aspiring stylist, cosmetologist, or esthetician. The education does not stop there, however. Many states require ongoing training and credits to renew a cosmetologist’s license once every few years.

Continuing education classes for cosmetologists are required by many regulatory agencies in the United States. Continued education classes can cover a wide array of topics and are meant to keep cosmetologists at the top of their industry while ensuring the public’s safety. Science and technology relating to hair care and industry standards can change from time to time; returning to cosmetology schools for module classes that are provided independently by the school can ease the burden of renewing a cosmetology license in some states.

Cosmetologists can plan ahead and earn their continued education credits throughout the time between license renewals. Most states simple require that a certain number of credits be obtained at a qualified school by the time the license needs to be renewed, so it is possible in those areas to attend classes when it is convenient during the time in between.

Some cosmetology schools offer online classes for busy professionals in the industry. With an online cosmetology class, professionals can meet the regulatory requirements at any hour of the day to accommodate a busy business or lifestyle. Continued education certificates are sent to the cosmetologist in the mail and some institutions will report the cosmetologists name to regulatory agencies. (It is still up to the cosmetologist to prove they have met the requirement, however. Check state guidelines to make sure you don’t miss renewal.)

The number of credits required for cosmetology classes to renew a cosmetology license varies by state. For example, Florida licensed cosmetologist must complete 16 hours of continuing education classes before qualifying for renewal. Georgia only requires a 3-hour DTAE course, while Texas requires 6.

Continuing education courses through a cosmetology school might include training on topics such as:

  • Esthetician, Cosmetology, Nail Training
  • Professional Development Classes
  • Hair Coloring Techniques
  • Pedicures
  • Skin Care
  • Electric Nail Filing
  • Teaching Methods
  • State Laws and Regulatory Agencies
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Maintaining a Sterile Salon
  • Success Tips for Salon Owners
  • Sanitation
  • Customer and Client Services

There are an endless number of possible continuing education classes for cosmetology schools, too. Everything that was taught in the first round of cosmetology school can be transformed into a continuing education class. Some states are specific in the topic of study that make up the credit hours for licensing renewals, but many states simply require that some type of professional training and development class be taken through a cosmetology school or another qualified institution.