Double-Duty in Cosmetology School Leads to More Income

Cosmetology schools across the country are beginning to see the value in offering students dual certificate program, running side by side for students who want to enter the resort and spa industry. As a trade that focuses on beauty and self-confidence, cosmetology schools are teaming up with teachers of massage therapy to run dual programs that allow students to study both trades simultaneously.

As many cosmetology graduates find when entering the job market, spas are a great place to work and enjoy the type of business that can equate to a very lucrative income. However, making the most of this opportunity means learning a little more than hair color and nail technique. To truly excel in the spa industry, one needs to be dually qualified as an esthetician and massage therapist. April Dykman at World Wide Learn shared an experience from one cosmetology student working at a salon:

“Cameron, a recent graduate of Bellus Academy, received a job offer the day she graduated. After working as an esthetician at a day spa, she saw the opportunity that a second license in massage therapy would provide. “The owner [of the spa] told me that if I had a massage therapist license in addition to my esthetician training, I could be booked more than 75 percent of the time,” says Cameron. (Read more.)

Dykman continues to say that there is significant value in both qualifications for graduates. She wrote:

Cameron’s experience reflects a growing trend in beauty schools and the industry: demand for more educated beauty professionals, particularly those with dual licenses. Lynelle Lynch, president of Bellus Academy, says cosmetologists with more than once license are sought after because they can wear more hats. “If a spa owner has four treatment rooms, he or she only has to hire four people if they hold dual licenses,” she says. “A person with a dual license can do the facial and the massage. A hair stylist with cosmetics training could handle a bridal party.”

At Bellus Academy, 75 percent of students are enrolled in multiple course areas, according to Lynelle. Typical dual programs are esthetics and massage, esthetics and makeup, and cosmetology and makeup.

“It was a two-year, lengthy process to get our dual license coursework approved,” says Lynelle. “But it means that we showed the state licensing board that a student’s employment opportunities would incrementally increase through increased education.”

Cosmetologists with dual licenses are in high demand with employers, especially in an economic downturn. A double area of expertise puts an applicant on the top of the list, says Lynelle. In fact, the demand is so great that cruise ship lines heavily recruit from Bellus, as the school also prepares students to pass the international certification test. “A Hawaiian cruise line just hired nine out of 14 of our students who applied,” says Lynelle. “Those positions usually require at least five years of professional experience, but these students were hired right out of school.” (Read the whole story at World Wide Learn.)