Are you looking to become a cosmetologist in Connecticut, or have you recently gotten a license that you want to protect? On this page, I will discuss the requirements for obtaining this type of license, common situations in which disciplinary action may be taken against the license, and how to defend the license if you find yourself in the middle of a complaint or an investigation. Read on to learn more about the cosmetologist license in Connecticut!
Cosmetologist vs. Barber vs. Hairdresser
The cosmetologist profession is slightly different than working as a barber or a hairdresser. Cosmetologists work in applying cosmetic treatments, therapies, and procedures to clients. They can work with a client’s nails, hair, and skin. On the other hand, a barber will just work on a client’s hair or shave their face. A hairdresser will just work with a client’s hair. As you can see, a cosmetologist can do more than a barber or a hairdresser can.
Obtaining a Cosmetologist License
You will have to reach certain requirements in order to become a cosmetologist in Connecticut. Keep in mind that these requirements can vary from state to state. In Connecticut the requirements are:
- An 8th grade level of education or an equivalent amount of education.
- 1,500 of instruction in a state-approved school.
- Pass a practical exam.
- Pass a written exam.
There is no age requirement to apply for a cosmetologist license. In addition, if you have been trained outside of Connecticut but want to apply for a Connecticut license, you need to submit an affidavit explaining your experience and training hours in another state. This may transfer to Connecticut, or you may be required to do more training or education in order to become licensed.
Protecting Your License
If you do get a cosmetologist license, you will have to protect it throughout your career. Disgruntled clients can file claims against you and your license. Governing boards can also investigate your business and determine if you have broken any rules or regulations, and if so, how to proceed. A few common issues that could result in disciplinary action include:
- A lack of professionalism when dealing with colleagues or clients.
- An inability to perform the duties of a cosmetologist.
- Substance abuse issues.
- Inappropriate relationships with clients.
- Being convicted of a felony.
Facing any of these issues could lead a governing board to take disciplinary action. A few common penalties that you might face include paying a fine, facing a period of probation, having your license suspended, or, in serious cases, even having your license to practice revoked. Obviously these penalties can have a significant impact on your career and your ability to work. If you are facing a complaint, an investigation, or a hearing with a disciplinary board, you should involve a professional license defense lawyer as soon as possible. Such a lawyer can make sure that you do not do anything to incriminate yourself and they can establish evidence in defense of you and your license. To learn more about professional license defense, contact me.