SITUATION: I’m a licensed hairstylist and I’m considering relocating to a different state. What should I take into consideration before taking the leap? Will my current license be valid or will I have to return to school?
SITUATION REVIEW: If you’re moving across state lines, you’ll want to do your homework before you make your move. Each state has different requirements and it will take a little upfront work on your part to ensure you are setup for success in your new state.
SOLUTION: To begin the process, you should contact the State Board of Cosmetology in the state where you are planning on moving. They will be able to provide you with all the information that you will need, as every state’s regulations are different. In addition to making this important initial contact inquiry, here are some other important questions to consider.
What are the hourly requirements in the new state?
Every state has different hour requirements for a cosmetology licensure or any other industry license. As an example, California requires 1600 hours while New York only requires 1000 hours. It’s important to know what is required by the state and if any hours are transferable.
Does the new state offer reciprocity?
Reciprocity is one way to work in a state other than the state where you're licensed without having to do extras, like retake exams or go through additional education requirements of the new state. It’s important to note that this is NOT available in all states.
Do you need Continuing Education hours?
Some states will require you to take continuing education classes (CEU hours) before transferring a license. We offer some online continuing education classes here. Most states can provide you with a list of approved continuing education classes.
Do you need work experience to transfer to a new state?
Inquire if you need past work experience or have held your licenses for a certain number of years to transfer to the new state.
Are there fees or expenses?
Most states have a fee to transfer a license. Make certain you inquire about the expenses that will be associated with your move.
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY: Moving to a new state can certainly be an exciting time. Take the initial time to do your homework by contacting the State Board of Cosmetology in the state where you’re planning on moving. This will ensure a smooth transition into your new state and your new career.
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Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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