What Does It Take to Be a Licensed Cosmetologist?
Licensed cosmetologists can pursue many great career opportunities in the state of Wisconsin but beginning a new journey can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. That’s why we’re here to help you with the process to become a licensed cosmetologist in Wisconsin! Even better, once you complete your education with The Salon Professionals Academy Kenosha, you will also be eligible to apply for licensure in Illinois.
What Are the State Requirements in Wisconsin?
To become eligible for a cosmetology license in Wisconsin you’ll need to find a licenced cosmetology school. The program needs to include at least 1,550 hours of instruction. If you choose an apprenticeship, it must include 4,000 hours of theory and practical development.
To be eligible for a license, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have a high school diploma, or the equivalency of one.
- Be participating in an approved special program by the examining board.
- Be at least 18 years old and meet the ability to benefit under law 20 USC 1091(d).
You also want to find a school that is not only licensed but fits your needs and personality! If you have more questions about the state requirements you can always find more specific information from the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
What Can I Learn as a Licensed Cosmetologist?
If you attend a licensed cosmetology program you can learn a variety of different skills! Licensed cosmetologists have the knowledge to make their client's hair, skin, and nails look stunning and polished. These skills are taught through different courses required by the state of Wisconsin. Some parts of the curriculum you can expect to learn are:
- Haircutting and hairstyling techniques
- Hair straightening, relaxing, and other treatments
- Proper use and care of brushes and styling tools
- Physiology and anatomy of hair, skin, and nails
- Beard and mustache shaving and trimming
- Manicures and pedicures
- Product knowledge and ingredients
- Industry trends and history
Where Can I Sit for the State Board?
When you finish your training, the next thing to do is to sit for the state exam! You’ll need to contact the Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board to sit for the state exam. Once you’re finished with your hours you’ll schedule an appointment with the Department’s contracted vendor, DL Roope Administration Inc. The final test includes practical and written sections.
Per state requirements, you’ll also need to renew your license every two years with four hours of continuing education hours. This can help you stay up-to-date with current cosmetology practices and laws to better serve your clients!
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services can give you more details on any questions you may have. You can contact them at 4822 Madison Yards Way Madison, WI 52705 or call them at (608) 266-2112.
If you also wish to get licensed in Illinois, you'll want to contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) to learn about the requirements.
What Career Opportunities Are There for Licensed Cosmetologists?
The job outlook for beauty professionals is promising! From 2016 to 2026 the employment of barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There’s nothing standing in your way to pursue your dream in beauty!
There are a variety of different careers available with a cosmetology license. There are the traditional jobs you think of with a beauty education. Some of these options include working at a salon or beauty shop, which offer many benefits. But you don’t have to just work behind the chair!
You could work in the limelight doing beauty for the entertainment industry. Product ambassador jobs have spiked with the growth of social media and technology. You can even be your own boss and even someone else’s boss by owning your own business! The possibilities are limitless!
Don't forget, you can enjoy twice as many career opportunities with a quality education that prepares you to apply for licensure in both Wisconsin and Illinois!
Who Can Help Me Get Started?
Starting a new chapter in life can be intimidating. The Salon Professional Academy of Kenosha is here to help students take the big leap! Learn more about our cosmetology program and how you can get started.
The path toward a cosmetology education can influence and change not only your life but the lives of those you come in contact with. Is that something you are interested in as well? Contact us today to get started on your education ambitions!