New bill would reduce licensing requirements for cosmetologists
State lawmakers are once again considering changes to regulations on cosmetologists, after removing a manager’s license last year. Now there is a bill that would reduce the amount of training needed to get a cosmetology license while instead focusing on learning development.
A state Senate committee is considering a bill to reduce the number of courses needed for those wishing to obtain a cosmetology license. Democratic Senator Charleta Tavares says the idea is to reduce the debt of students who attend cosmetology schools. “The average salary for a beginning cosmetologist, a hairdresser, is between $ 19,000 and $ 25,000. And the debt is several thousand dollars in debt that they carry, that they will have to pay off at the same time as they try to work and take care of their families, ”she said.
Under this bill, students could take an apprenticeship to obtain on-the-job training, thereby reducing costs. James Rogers is Chairman Emeritus of the Salon Schools Group, which teaches cosmetologists. He is not a fan of the new legislation. “I don’t see anything where cutting education is a good idea. Would we want doctors who are now attending 2½ to 3 years? Rogers says that while large salons can offer quality on-the-job training, most won’t.
“This person is going back. They clean the brushes. They sweep the floors. They don’t learn anything. – James Rogers
The owner of a small hair salon in Delaware says this bill could change reciprocal agreements so that cosmetologists in Ohio cannot practice in most other states. And Wezlynn Davis of the Beauty Lab says similar experiences in other states prove this bill won’t save student tuition fees. “We are finding that the hourly cost of the program can reach an additional $ 10 per hour,” she said.
But Tavares doesn’t believe it. “Well, the standards are watching the hours across the country and they are moving in the direction that we are advocating in these reforms,” Tavares explained.
The leader of a conservative think tank that has long lobbied for bills like this that cut regulations on certain jobs believes schools will not raise tuition fees to compensate. Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute asks, “Could someone raise the prices?” Sure… but I think you’re going to see a lot of people not doing that so that they can attract a lot of people and increase their student numbers.
Cosmetology is just one area where many lawmakers want what they call “professional licensing reform.” Look for legislation in the future to reform licensing requirements for people in other areas, including auctioneers and school bus drivers.