What Every 30-Something Ought to Know About Cosmetology School Requirements

Cosmetology School Requirements

Good news… cosmetology school requirements probably aren’t as stringent as you think! If you’re a “30-Something” individual, who’s thinking about furthering your education, there’s no better time to start a career in the beauty industry. In fact, according to a recent article on wikiHow, cosmetology-related employment is expected to increase at a yearly rate of twenty percent through 2020.

Before you begin the enrollment process, it’s best to familiarize yourself with some of the necessary requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through the application process only to discover you’ve hit a roadblock. Requirements typically vary from state to state and by college or program.

Have a Passion for the Beauty Industry

Beauty school is an investment. For that reason alone, it’s silly to consider a cosmetology career unless you have a passion for the beauty industry. Without it, not only would you be throwing away hard-earned income, you’d also be wasting time and energy. Additionally, people who choose the wrong career path generally aren’t as successful as people who thoroughly enjoy what they do. To quote Relevant Magazine, “know what you love.”

Make Time to Attend Classes

Regardless of what educational program you choose, you must make time to both attend class and study afterwards. You’d be pleased to learn that the majority of cosmetology schools take between 9 and 15 months to complete. This is a relatively short time when compared to a traditional college degree.

Many of the same schools offer part-time and weekend classes. This is a perfect fit if you have a full-time job during the week or you are a single-parent. Some campuses even offer childcare. The flexibility makes it much easier to fit classes into almost any schedule.

Choosing a Specialty

You have the option of choosing a specialty such as:

  • nail technician
  • hairstylist
  • skin care professional
  • barber
  • beautician

If you decide to opt for a specialty, you’ll finish your education even faster. According to Study.com,  most of these programs require approximately 600 hours of coursework. When compared to up to 2300 hours of classes and hands-on training required for a cosmetologist license, it’s a big difference. There’s no reason that you have to limit yourself to one specialty. However, keep in mind that you’re required to meet the state licensing requirements for each course you take.

Pass a State Exam

Currently, all 50 states require you to pass an exam in order to start working in the business. There are two parts to this test, a written exam and hands-on testing. Once you pass, you’re required to pay the licensing fee determined by your state.

You’re Never Too Old for Beauty School

You’re never too old to embark on a beauty career. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, show off your creativity and artistic abilities and earn a lucrative income. At Evergreen Beauty College, we know that quality training is vital in the beauty industry. It is for this reason that we offer hands on programs aimed at improving the skills of our students regardless of their age.

Learn more about our school by scheduling a tour of one of our three campuses, or contact us for more info.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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