Becoming a Licensed Cosmetologist in Florida

Before working as a licensed cosmetology professional in the state of Florida, it’s essential to meet the proper licensing requirements for your chosen career path. Each licensed beauty career and its hourly training requirements can be found in the list below. As New Image Beauty Bar is licensed and certified for the State of Florida, we have included the Florida requirements. When getting a Florida cosmetology license or getting certified for another career path, the state requires you to attend an accredited school. Upon completion of your training hours, you can take the cosmetology exam through the Board of Cosmetology. Florida does not allow apprenticeship to get these training hours. The Board of Cosmetology administers your license after you pass their required exams. However, your education isn’t over yet. You must complete 16 continuing education hours during each two-year renewal period. For specific questions, please contact the Florida Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. It is worth noting that Florida also offers the cosmetology board exams in both the English and Spanish languages through Pearson Vue. It is important to do your research ahead of time before signing up or agreeing to learn new services in your area. You must always check and be up to date with your licenses, and obtain a new requirement before learning a new service or technique. If you do not, you may be performing services illegally and will be punishable by law. Florida Board of Cosmetology License Requirements (2017)
  • COSMETOLOGIST LICENSE: 1200 Hours
  • ESTHETICIAN LICENSE: 260 Hours
  • PERMANENT MAKEUP ARTIST LICENSE: 3-Hour Communicable Disease Course
Florida Cosmetology License Renewal Cosmetology licenses in Florida are divided into two groups depending on when you get your license. Group 1 licenses must be renewed by October 31 in even-numbered years, and Group 2 must be renewed by October 31 in odd-numbered years. License renewal fees vary from $30 to $55 depending on your beauty specialty. Florida requires 16 hours of cosmetology continuing education during each two-year renewal period. Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) to Florida If you have a cosmetology license in another state, you may be eligible for licensing via endorsement in Florida. To be considered for licensure by endorsement, the licensure requirements of your home state must be equal to or greater than Florida’s cosmetology licensure requirements. If you have at least 1,000 hours of education from another state and at least one year of licensure behind you, you can register to take the Florida cosmetology exam and get your license. Those who have a cosmetology license in another country cannot get their Florida license by endorsement. They must go through the examination process. Florida State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Board of Cosmetology 1940 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783 Phone Number: 850-487-1395 Fax Number: 866-888-1176 E-mail Address: call.center@dbpr.state.fl.us The Florida State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Florida state cosmetology license.  
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7 Career Possibilities with an Esthetician’s License

Getting your esthetician’s license was no easy task. You probably had to hurdle a lot of challenges along the way, but you also had the time of your life as you learned about the beauty industry. Now that you are a licensed esthetician, you want to get the ball rolling in terms of your career. Here are 7 career paths that you could take with your esthetics license:

Medical Esthetician

If you want to work in a medical setting, this is a career path that you could take. Medical estheticians often work closely with doctors and are sometimes associated with dermatology. The bulk of their work is in the field of skincare. They can provide a variety of services ranging from client consultations on the best skin care regimen to giving recommendations on the best products to maintain a clear and healthy skin.

Makeup Artist

Express your creativity by beautifying other people through the use of makeup. This could be one of the most lucrative aspects of an esthetician’s career. Although you do not need an esthetician license for this, you should be highly skilled and very creative in order to have an edge and to be noticed.

Cosmetics Buyer

This type of job can require you to travel a lot to attend conventions on the latest in the cosmetics industry. You can find work in department stores, salons, or specialty stores, and you should be very knowledgeable on what products should be offered by your company and which ones will sell the fastest.

Brand Trainer/Beauty Educator

With this job, you can use the skills and education that you got in order to acquire your esthetics license. Being a beauty educator can allow you to teach and impart your skills and knowledge to other aspiring estheticians, makeup artists, and sales people. Brand trainers are given the task of training a company’s sales people on the most effective ways of selling their products.

State Board Licensing Examiner or Inspector

Licensed estheticians usually prepare and conduct the state board exam. Inspectors are the ones that go around different beauty salons and spa businesses to make sure that they adhere to all the health and safety regulations of the state.

Spa or Salon Esthetician

With an esthetician license, you can find secure and stable jobs in different spas and salons in your area. You might be performing facials, extractions, and massages as well as different body treatments. You can also take part in educating clients about proper skincare through the use of specific products designed for the client’s type of skin and condition.

Salon or Spa Manager

Having an esthetician’s license can make it easier for you to climb the ladder in the salon or spa that you work for. After a few years of experience in the industry, gunning for a managerial position is always the next big step. You might be responsible for running the entire business, and you are usually involved in hiring and training new estheticians as well. As you can see, there are numerous opportunities for licensed estheticians. However, you must first attend a beauty school and pass your exams before applying for licensure. After completion, Alicia Shapira offers you a way to go beyond your general classroom and into a one-on-one training to further your knowledge and career.
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