Tips On How To Become A Beauty School Instructor

A career as a beauty school instructor could be rewarding because whether at the work place or at social functions, most people always want to look good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in the beauty industry will grow by about 14% through 2020.

Becoming a Beauty School Instructor

If you love teaching and instructing students about the beauty industry, you are in for a bright future, according to the aforementioned BLS projections. Here is what it takes to become a good beauty school instructor.

Beauty School Instructor Training

Before you can become an instructor at a beauty school, it is necessary to have a good grasp of cosmetology. As such, you have to complete either a degree, or a diploma, or a certificate program in cosmetology. Any of the aforementioned certifications will equip you with the necessary hands on experience required to excel in the industry.

Some of the study courses you are likely to encounter include hygiene, sanitation, nail physiology, hair cutting and management, basic skin care, skin cleansing, skin disorders and diseases, and dermatology. The aim of this training is to prepare students for certification as well as to expose them to a real beauty salon.

Beauty School Instructor Licensure

Obviously, one cannot work as a beauty instructor without a license. While licensure requirements vary from state to state, one must complete an approved cosmetology program. At the end of the program, you must take a state’s cosmetology exam. Of course, you will have to pass the exam in order to get a license.


Passing the state cosmetology exam as well as acquiring a license is just part of what you need to do. Therefore, you should start acquiring relevant hands-on experience as soon as possible. The majority of employers look for people with between two and five years of professional experience. Some of the other desirable qualities that are likely to give you an edge in the highly competitive beauty industry include excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, managerial skills, and the ability to multitask. With the aforementioned skills, you would be in a better position to deal with students.

Continuous Education

After graduating from college and acquiring a license, you should not rest on your laurels. Today, the job market is quite competitive and only the best get the few job opportunities available. One way of staying ahead of the competition is by advancing your education. If you started out by earning a cosmetology certificate, consider enrolling in a diploma program.

After enrolling in a diploma program, you can still go on to enroll in a degree program. While at it, take a salon management course that will prepare you to manage and run a beauty salon efficiently. In a salon management course, you are likely to study how to develop business ideas, staff recruitment, salon housekeeping, managing customer relationships, financial management, and marketing.

Become a Member of Professional Associations

Distinguishing yourself as an instructor at a beauty school involves more than experience and education qualifications. It pays to be a member of a professional body or organization. One of the most respected bodies is the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). This brings together professionals in the industry, provides continuous education programs, and organizes beauty events. It also offers business tools and facilitates peer-to-peer solution sharing among members. For someone starting out in the industry, this can make the difference between success and failure.

Another body that fosters professionalism in the beauty industry is the National Cosmetology Association (NCA). It offers its members networking opportunities, access to industry experts and webinars, scholarships, as well as organizing competitions. Figures released by NCA show that it has more than 30,000 licensed professionals.

Keep Up With the Latest Beauty Trends

Granted, you can have all the education qualifications in the world but still flop as an instructor at a beauty school. To reduce the chances of that happening, keep up with the latest beauty trends by attending beauty shows, fashion shows, beauty product promotions, as well as read about research geared towards the beauty industry. Take time to walk the streets and observe what people prefer, beauty products flying off the shelves, and what people are talking about when it comes to beauty and fashion.

If you would like to forge a career as a beauty school instructor, it is necessary to have the right education qualifications.

In addition, you will require at least two years of working experience. Some of the other desirable aspects include licensure, being a member of a professional organization, and continuous education. These tips will help you to showcase your competency to your prospective employers. At Evergreen Beauty College, we instill all the aforementioned qualities in our students. Visit our website at to learn more.

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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