What do I need to do if my state doesn’t offer a certification for my specialty?

There are different licensing regulations, rules, and laws that are variant from state to state for beauty and cosmetology. Therefore, it is important to understand how this applies to the certification for your specialty. It is understandable, however, that this process can make understanding your various responsibilities and right a confusing process. What if, after conducing all this research, you find out your state does not offer a certification for your cosmetology or beauty specialty? Here is how you move forward.

Point #1: Not All States Offers a Cosmetology or Beauty License

The first point cosmetologists and beauty professionals must understand is that not all states offer all types of licensing. Just about every state does, however, include some type of beautician or cosmetology licensing. You may have to research this license under a different name, though. Every state varies with regards whether or not they will over a barber, electrolysis, esthetician, hair braiding, instructor, makeup artist, nail technician, permanent makeup artist licenses, as well as many others. Multiple states are now adding licensing for hair braiding, and some are also offering additional permits specifically geared toward those in need of threading licensing.

Point #2: Ensure Your Licensing Does Not Fall Within Another Category

For those who find that their state is not offering a specialty permit or license for what they are seeking, it is important to ensure their licensure does not fall within another category. A good example of this happening is, for example, within some state categories their services for make-up will fall within the categories of either the esthetician license or the cosmetologist license. This is where good research skills comes into play. When going before the board and they provide a confirmation that the specialty is in fact not licensed and will not fall within the parameters of another type of certification, they may allow you to move forward to perform your services professionally without state licensing. Keep in mind, however, there may still be a requirement set by the board to attend additional schooling for your specific specialty. This could be as a means to aid you setting yourself apart from the rest of the competition within your field. So, be prepared for that possibility and the accompanying tuition fees and scheduling requirements that may impede upon the rest of your scheduling. Again, this is variant from state to state.