Washington State Updates Licensing Standards for Beauty School Graduates

Washington State’s Department of Licensing updated its requirements for the Cosmetology Testing Program in 2011, calling for some minor changes in the testing environment.

In a June letter sent to beauty schools across the state, the Department of Licensing gave the colleges just one month to bring their testing procedures up to par and in-line with the new regulations.

Among the updates, beauty school exam rooms are most impacted. Trash cans now need to be independent receptacles within each “work station” during the test. In the past, it was acceptable to have a trash bag taped to the cosmetology student’s table. This is no longer an acceptable practice to the licensing department.

Time limits for beauty school exam components changed, too. The beauty school students now have only 10 minutes to perform thermal curling services, 50 minutes to complete a haircut, 20 minutes for a manicure, and 20 minutes for a facial.

Reflecting new leniency in some of the exam procedures, the state removed a requirement for a “90 degree haircut” and now allows beauty school students to perform any uniform layered cut to meet the exam criteria. However, the state now prohibits the use of razors for “razor cutting” during the exam process. Shears are the only acceptable tools for the haircut portion.

Several changes were made to the manicure portion of a beauty school’s licensing exam, as well. Notably, trainer hands can be used in place of mannequin hands and any color of dark nail polish may be employed.  Minor changes were also made in chemical service components of the test. Wave rods are to be rolled at 90 degrees, chemical relaxers must be smoothed to the ends of the hair, and students must demonstrate the ability to cross check their work during the beauty school exam process.

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