BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2 - (Page 18)
WORKING WITH STATE AUTHORIZATION AND
COSMETOLOGY LICENSING BOARDS
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE." While the words sound
harsh, they also ring true, particularly when it comes to protecting
the freedom of cosmetology schools to operate in an increasingly
complex regulatory environment. Governing bodies including state
cosmetology boards and boards of regents have the authorization
to determine students' access to Title IV funding and even uphold
the licensing provisions that preserve the integrity of an industry.
With so much at stake, cosmetology schools must be vigilant
about maintaining positive working relationships with state authorization entities. BeautyLink spoke with some AACS members
about how they have developed strong relationships with their
state authorization entities.
As president of the
Indiana Cosmetology and Barbering Association's
(ICBA) boa rd,
Halal led efforts
to halt passage of
HB 1006 in 2012,
which sought to
c o s me t olo g i s t s
Halal says schools don't need to fight the licensing battle alone.
He says schools are best served by a robust coalition that speaks
for all cosmetology interests in the state. "Cosmetology schools
need a voice that speaks for schools, salons, hairstylists and barbers," he said. "The government wants to hear the perspective of
the entire industry, not just one segment."
The ICBA also retained a lobbyist to share a clear industry message with state regulators. "We made it easy for state legislators
to understand our message and why licensing protects citizens,"
A long-running issue is where to draw the line when it comes to
specialized services. Those in the braiding, threading and retail
cosmetics sectors have continually sought to remove licensing
requirements. Sometimes, they have succeeded. For example,
inserting the phrase "services incidental to retail sales" into
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legislation made it permissible for department store makeup
counters to offer facials. "Fundamentally, legislators do not understand our business and if we don't make it easy for them, laws
will be passed that are harmful to schools and licensed professionals," Halal said.
building is at the
heart of Yocum's
approach to working with Kansas'
Board of Regents
and State Board of
Yocum didn't stop
with a call or even a
business lunch with
each regulator. Instead, he invited both organizations' leaders
to visit Bellus Academy. The visit was not only their first visit
to a cosmetology school, but the first time the Board of Regents
and Board of Cosmetology leaders met one another. Jacqueline
Johnson, director of academic affairs for the Kansas Board of
Regents, said the visit broadened her understanding of cosmetology. "People don't know what they don't know and being able
to frame an industry so legislators understand cosmetology's
impact on citizens is critical," Johnson said. She advises schools
to supplement statistics with human interest stories. "Data helps
deliver the message, and putting students in front of legislators
drives the message home," Johnson said.
Bellus also strives to make students aware of licensing and
regulations in their careers. Students learn about the role of state
authorization in overseeing compliance and how effective legislation can safeguard the integrity of their profession.
The perception that schools and authorization bodies are continually at odds is a misconception, according to Yocum. "Schools
must work to show state agencies that we are up to date on education, that our programs are focused on preparing students for
employment and that students are supported throughout their
education; because we both want knowledgeable professionals
serving our state's citizens," he said.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2
Message From the Aacs President & Cea Chair
The Workings of Washington
Creating a Recipe for the Future
Voices From the Trenches
Creating Harmony in the Classroom
Living an Integrated Life
A Student’s Perspective
And Then There’s Compliance
This Hairstylist Is on Fire!
Keeping the Enrollment Funnel Flowing
Beauty Changes Lives
Battle of the Strands
Cyber Liability and Data Security
Plagued by More Delays
Voices From the Classroom
Launching a Blow Out Career
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Distributors
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2