Cosmetology Instructor Certification: Certificate Program Overview

Nov 04, 2019

Cosmetology Teacher Description

Cosmetology teachers are experienced professionals with a cosmetology degree who do the following:

  • Teach hair, skin, nails, and makeup skills to students in cosmetology schools
  • Instruct their students on the theory and practical applications of beauty
  • Teach customer service skills
  • Deliver classroom lectures and oversee students as they practice on real customers
  • Stay up-to-date about the beauty industry and ensure their students do, too
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, teaching, communication and customer service skills
  • Have received additional training and certification through a certificate program to do their job

Admissions Requirements for Cosmetology Instructor Training Programs

There are certain prerequisites for a cosmetology instructor training program. An individual first must have a cosmetology license, which is obtained through a 1-2 year cosmetology program. Some might have studied cosmetology business management, which combines business and cosmetology classes. Programs require a high school diploma to enter. Cosmetology licensing requirements vary by state, but every cosmetologist needs a minimum number of completed training hours and must pass a state exam.

Next, they must gain experience as a practicing cosmetologist. Many schools require at least 2 years of experience, and individuals in a teacher training program must keep their cosmetology license active while they study. Many programs are offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so it is recommended to apply as early as possible.

Cosmetology Educator Training Program Description

Training programs for aspiring cosmetology teachers typically last 1 year. The length of training is defined through a certain number of credit/training hours that vary by state depending on the licensing requirements. The most common number of hours required is 500-600. These hours include theoretical study and practical experience.

Students will have instructional handbooks, lectures and written coursework on teaching methods, lesson planning, student evaluation, classroom management, salon management, curriculum development, technical skills, and pedagogical theory. They will study the theories and concepts behind teaching and managing a classroom full of students, as well as how to teach and manage their students during practice on customers.

Additionally, teacher trainees will gain practical experience under the supervision of a licensed instructor. This is done by becoming a teacher's aide in a cosmetology program. Trainees will also learn how to create a positive learning environment and how to keep up with current beauty trends and make sure their students are up-to-date, as well. Some programs also teach beauty techniques so trainees can improve or maintain their application skills.

How to Obtain Cosmetology Instructor Certification

Once a student has finished their program, they earn a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the state cosmetology instructor licensing exam. Students apply to take the exam through their state's board of cosmetology. Some positions require individuals to have a bachelor's degree, in addition to their certificate, in order to teach.

Job Cosmetology Instructor
Education Requirements High school diploma/GED, cosmetology school, additional certification training
License Requirements Cosmetology license, instructor license
Average Salary (2019)** $39,722
Job Outlook (2018-2028)* -1% (little or no change; for career and technical education teachers)

Sources: *Bureau of Labor Statistics; **

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