Now is a good time to be a cosmetologist in Georgia, with increases in the need for skilled persons predicted for coming years. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in the ensuing decade, over 70,000 jobs in this field need to be added to break even. With the current number of available positions topping 650,000, finding a job after training should be easier than ever. In fact, the median pay has jumped in the past year. Once licensed, online cosmetology classes can make getting a license renewed easy.
How to Start Working as a Cosmetologist
After training in your craft, you need to secure a license to work in any one of the thousands of hair salons, barber shops and spas and resorts in the state. Choosing where to work depends on the type of work you enjoy and are best suited for. Keeping up with changing processes in hair treatment and styling is important in building your reputation with clients–and so is keeping your license active by satisfying critical continuing education requirements.
How Does Continuing Education Work in Georgia?
Continuing education is needed to renew your license. The first renewal is slightly different in that CE requirements do not need to be met. After that time, you are required to finish five hours of continuing education courses. This must be done every two years if you are a hair designer, master cosmetologist, nail technician or esthetician. A courtesy notice is sent out a month and a half before your license expires, so it is important to maintain an updated email and home address with the board.
Even if the notice is not received, you are responsible for making sure your license is renewed on time. The dates of license expiration are different for each subgroup from master cosmetologist to hair designers to nail technicians. Estheticians and nail technicians must renew by August 31 of odd years, and cosmetologists are due March 31 of even years. A full listing of the dates can be found on the government website.
Renewing the License
Continuing education in Georgia is an important part of license renewal. When you go online at the Professional Licensing Boards Division to renew your license, one of the questions you will be asked is how many hours of continuing education you have completed. You will need a valid credit card to pay the fee. Simply fill out the application by following instructions. Be careful to read all information provided on the renewal site carefully. If you wish to renew your license without doing it online, you must request a paper application. If you don’t renew your license and still perform the work, you are doing so illegally.
Continuing Education Requirements
It is mandatory that an applicant have a three-hour course in health and safety. The course must be approved by the board or developed by them. Other courses that meet approval by the board without getting prior authorization are those offered by:
- The Department of Education
- Board of Regents
- Georgia Technical College system
- The Red Cross
You can check with the cosmetology board if you are unsure.
The remaining two hours are in registered areas such as trade shows, industry shows, industry trends, health or safety, business management or computer skills.
Beauty Academy is approved by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology to provide continuing education courses. It is simple to get on board with Beauty Academy to take the online cosmetology classes. Just follow these steps:
Go to the website, find the Georgia Beauty Essentials course and click add to cart. The course is a five-hour course and costs $29.00. Once you pay the fee you will automatically be directed to a receipt page. On this page is a link to the PDF version of the course. You must read the course information contained in the PDF document before you can request a course completion certificate. You will be able to print the certificate immediately. In addition, a certificate can be mailed to you or emailed or even faxed if you’d rather.
Completion of the course is not reported directly to the Georgia Board of Cosmetology and Barbers by us. When you apply for renewal, you will be asked to certify that the course was taken, and continuing education requirements were satisfied. At some point, the board may ask for a copy of the certificate, so it is important not to lose it. If you have questions about our course offering, just call us toll free at (888)290-9739. If you’d rather get an answer to your questions online, simply go to support. Learn more by looking over our cosmetology courses.