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Q | reg ulator y i ss ues | R GETTING BACK TO WORK K irb y Mor r i s The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology staff. T The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology has long been one of my favorite board offices to visit. They push the envelope by treating licensees in our industry as customers. Upon my latest visit, the Ohio board once again exemplified how a regulatory board should operate. Executive director Kevin L. Miller worked with Gov. Ted Strickland and the legislature to help cosmetologists, estheticians, manicurists, hair designers and natural hair designers who had let their licenses expire get back to work. The initiative, called the Amnesty Program, was approved through a law change that was part of the budget bill (H.B. 1) that Gov. Strickland signed on July 19, 2009. The change in law affects anyone whose license is lapsed and would like to return to the industry in Ohio. “Previously the law stated you must retake the exam and complete Continuing Education and pay restoration fees. This program focuses on bringing people up to speed quickly through educational opportunities and get them back in the job market,” Kevin L. Miller, executive director of the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, said. “Individuals have wanted an opportunity such as this and we are happy to have them back.” The Amnesty Program addresses more than 135,000 individuals who either mistakenly allowed their license to expire or left the industry for another career. Rather than retaking the board’s licensing examination, lapsed licensees only will be required to pay back fees and complete continuing education courses to receive an active license and resume working in the field. Miller said many people are too terrified to go through the process of taking the exam again. As someone who experienced it years ago, I can understand where they are coming from. Individuals that want to get back into the industry must have passed a licensure exam in Ohio in the past year. Anyone who has held a license in the past and has an interest in regaining their credentials should call the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology at 866642-6723 to sign up. Individuals will receive a customized packet detailing required fees, trainings and conditions that must be met for eligibility. This program is just the latest in a long line of initiatives the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology has pursued and implemented in the last several years under Miller’s leadership. The board is able to garner the attention of elected officials as it is the second-largest regulatory board in the state and is self supportive through fees and fines—no tax dollars are used for its operation. The board oversees approximately 140,000 licenses in cosmetology, manicuring, esthetics and tanning. In addition, the board is responsible for 88 county career technical and 77 private cosmetology schools. Ohio is the only board office in the country that had a standalone office and testing center constructed to meet the large volume of exams that the state administers every year. In addition, Ohio prints licenses for those who pass their exam on the same day of their exam. This is a big deal in the world of politics, because it means that a person can enter the workforce and immediately begin contributing to Ohio’s tax base. “We don’t apologize for they way we conduct business,” Miller said. “We set the bar very high for customer service and I hope that shows. Other states should do the same for their customers and remind themselves that they are here for them, not the other way around.” Kirby Morris is a former Wyoming Board of Cosmetology member, past president of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, coordinator of the National Practical Examination Program and chairman of the International Cosmetology Licensing Organization. B E A U T YL I NK | T H E 2 0 1 0 S T U D E NT |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 1

Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 1
Message From the AACS President And CEA Chair
Teaching The Millennial Generation
The Workings Of Washington
Mobile Marketing: The Next Big Thing In Recruitment Advertising
Mindset List For The Class of 2010
AACS Listserve Q&A: Extinguishing Bad Attitudes
Decoding The Results: Attitudes And Perceptions Of Beauty And Wellness Careers From the AACS Commissioned National Survey
Educator Resource Review
And Then There’s Compliance
The 2009 AACS Annual Convention: Building Essential Links To Success
Voices From The Classroom
From A Distance: Today’s Education Experience
Turning Over A New Leaf
Regulatory Issues
Connecting Through Conflict: Turning Angry Clients Into Happy Ones
Student Scholarship Opportunities
Superstar Graduates
New School Members
Associate Member Profiles
New Products & Services
People & Places
Calling All Skin Care Educators
Upcoming 2010 Events
Index To Advertisers

Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 1