How Do I Get a Cosmetology License?

If you're interested in a beauty career, a career in cosmetology is probably on your list of things to consider. Cosmetology is a fascinating license to have because it comes with a multitude of avenues to pursue. Whether you want to specialize in color, blondes, women's cuts, or men's cuts, cosmetology can provide that to you. So how do you go about entering the profession? In the state of Pennsylvania, there are two ways to become a cosmetologist. We will be focusing on the pathway that we are involved in at Jean Madeline: education, licensure, experience, and passion.

How to Get a Cosmetology License Via Education

Get An Education From a Reputable School

Each state has a different set of requirements to be considered eligible to take the state exam. In the state of Pennsylvania, it is required that 1250 hours are completed in a licensed cosmetology school.

At Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, both our full-time and part-time cosmetology programs meet the state requirement of 1250 hours of training. During our course, you can learn both theoretical and practical knowledge:

  • Hair cutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Texturing services
  • Skin care
  • Nail services
  • Makeup application
  • And much more!

During your time here at Jean Madeline, the opportunity to fine-tune your skills will be available by working in our student salon*. Here, you can provide salon services to real guests. This hands-on time will be great preparation for working in a salon, if that is something you wish to pursue after licensure.

Sit For The Test

To be eligible for the licensing exam, you must meet the required amount of hours (1250) and comply with the regulations laid out here and here. To schedule an examination, for more info about the exam, or to find the application, use this link.

We have designed our program to help students prepare to sit for the state exam. If you want more information on our curriculum, please, contact your nearest Jean Madeline location!

What to do After Licensure

Gain Experience

We have dedicated the time to build a resource center for our alumni. Here, our alumni can see jobs that have been posted on our site and in our schools. While we do not guarantee employment, we want to be as helpful in the job hunting process as possible.

Licensed, hardworking, talented cosmetologists may have the opportunity to pursue a career in one of these places:

  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Cruise ships
  • Retail
  • Product sales
  • Runways
  • Photoshoots
  • Magazine publishers
  • And many more!

Love Your Career

Have you ever been to a store where you got excellent service, the employees were nice and helpful, and the environment was warm and inviting? You've been somewhere where the employees love their jobs! If you love your jobs, your clients will love coming to you!

This industry is so rewarding, and we encourage all people who want to join it to do so quickly. There is lots of room to grow.

Are You Ready to Love Your Job?

As you can see, a job in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist starts with an education. If you're ready to start your journey, contact us! We're happy to help you! Request info now to get started.

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Financial aid is available to students who qualify.

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