The Importance of Cosmetology Continuing Education

Cosmetology continuing education is a very important aspect of remaining at the top of your game in cosmetology. In addition, some states require continuing education as a part of the licensing requirements. Most cosmetology schools, community colleges and trade schools offer continuing education courses for cosmetologists.

Practicing Skills

Even though, as a licensed cosmetologist, you probably practice many of the concepts you learned in cosmetology school every day, most salons do develop specific specialties over time. If your salon only does the occasional eyebrow wax or if you don’t perm long hair regularly, continuing education courses give you a chance to brush up on these skills.

Enhancing your skills may also allow you to add new clients or offer current clients additional services.

The beauty of continuing education is that you can immediately put the skills and techniques into use.

Keeping Up With Current Trends

There are specific techniques and new products that are being developed all the time. Like almost any other aspect of fashion and style, trends are always changing in cosmetology. Earning a certificate in the most recent trendy techniques by completing advanced coursework is the only way to add these to your repertoire.

Your clients don’t want an outdated style. Staying on top of the trends is a must in order to keep your clients happy, and to ensure you can continue to grow your salon. If your competition is offering the newest and hottest styles but you have not completed the training, your clients may go somewhere else to get the style they want. This means that advanced courses aren’t just important for your personal growth, they are also paramount for the growth of your business.

Licensing Requirements

States vary on their requirements for continuing coursework. Several states require between four and ten hours of classwork annually to keep your cosmetology license. Some states allow you to count classes about new styling techniques for these credits while others require you to complete specific refresher courses about safety and sanitation.

In states that don’t require these advanced courses, they are still recommended. Washington State, for example, does not require the classes for most licenses. They do, however, highly recommend that stylists complete advanced coursework to keep their skills sharp and stay current on trends.

Evergreen Beauty College offers cosmetology training, instructor training and advanced education classes. If you want to learn the newest trends in hair styling or if you need to complete the requirements to maintain your licensing, Evergreen probably has the courses you need. Contact us today to learn more about our cosmetology continuing education options.


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.

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4 years ago

Yes I agree. I went to a hair dresser who is reputed to be really good. Totally over processed me. Than gave me a keratin treatment which made it worse . I think people like this should have their license revoked because it’s greed . I believe I was helping to pay for her Italian vacation . I also believe it should be mandatory in the state of Washington to require continuing Ed .