Starting in May 2020 a cosmetology license in Texas can now be earned with just 1000 hours of training. Prior to this, those that wanted to earn a cosmetology license had to complete 1500 hours of training. This represents a significant saving in time and lowers a student’s cost of attendance!
Some questions that you may be asking yourself are, “How can that be?” “What’s the catch?” “What parts of the course will be missing? These are great questions! And the answers aren’t that difficult to find. In this article, we will dig in and shed light on the benefits of this new program length.
No matter what the program length, our goal is to provide life-changing education that is convenient, accessible, and affordable to students that have a passion for the hairdressing industry. The new 1000 hour cosmetology program will provide students with a faster path towards a rewarding new career.
Starting today, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will begin to allow students to enroll in licensed beauty schools to enroll in the new 1000-hour Cosmetology Programs. Then in the Fall of 2020, the testing centers will begin to administer licensing exams to students with only 1000 hours of training. The curriculum content is identical, with the only difference being shorter units.
For those who are not familiar with clock hours, reducing the program length to 1000 clock hours allows students to graduate approximately 14-15 weeks faster (based on a 35 hour/week schedule). By graduating more quickly, you can enter the professional workforce earlier and possibly take advantage of any additional income opportunities that may be available.
Programs are typically charged on an hourly basis, so a reduction of 500 clock hours could also result in a reduction of tuition. Students should also consider the associated costs of attendance, which include housing, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. In a 1000 hour program, students will likely find that their total cost of attendance is reduced due to attending school for a shorter period of time.
So why would someone want to pursue cosmetology as a career? Great question!
In Texas, cosmetologists can engage in the practice of cosmetology. The scope of practice is defined by state law and includes things such as arranging, beautifying, bleaching, cleansing, coloring, cutting, dressing, dyeing, processing, shaping, singeing, straightening, styling, tinting, or waving, bobbing, clipping, cutting, weaving, or trimming a person’s hair or shaving a person’s neck with a safety razor. The definition and scope of cosmetology also include skincare and nail care. This includes treating a person’s nails by cutting, trimming, polishing, tinting, coloring, cleansing, or manicuring, or attaching false nails. And for skincare, cosmetologists are also allowed to massage, cleanse, treat, or beautifying a person’s hands or feet, apply semi-permanent, thread-like extensions composed of single fibers to a person’s eyelashes; or beautifying a person’s face, neck, or arms using a cosmetic preparation, antiseptic, tonic, lotion, powder, oil, clay, cream, or appliance. In short- it’s taking care of people’s hair, skin, and nails!
What Do You Think?
These new reduced license requirements are certainly going to be a big change for everyone in Texas, including salons and their guests. There are certainly pros and cons to a shorter course, but whatever your opinion is, there is no denying that Texas now has one of the fastest routes to cosmetology licensure in the United States! If you aren’t sure whether cosmetology is the right career, you may want to check out our Esthetics or Massage Therapy Programs.
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