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In Alaska, you can apply to become a cosmetology instructor if you have the right amount of experience, or the right amount of training combined with experience. If you do attend training, you will learn a variety of teaching techniques. The first thing your training will cover is theory and how to teach theory to others. To work as cosmetology instructor, many training programs ask that you be of good moral character, because not only is teaching cosmetology about having an interest in beauty, it is also about helping people. Having compassion and the wish to help others learn is essential to your success.
During your training, which will typically consist of 600 hours, you will also learn to grade your students and keep records on them; create worksheets and lesson plans; and you will learn to teach your students salon etiquette and good business practices. In the end of your cosmetology training program, you should feel confident that you can get students to a point where they should have no problem passing the state cosmetology licensing exam.
Licensing Requirements for Cosmetology Instructors in Alaska
The Alaska Board of Barbers and Hair Dressers out of Juneau will issue your cosmetology instructor’s license. In order to apply, you must have a valid Alaska license to start. 30 days before you take your instructor’s exams, the board must receive your complete and notarized application, verification that you’ve worked as a licensed cosmetologist in Alaska for at least three years; or verification that you’ve worked as a licensed cosmetologist in Alaska for at least one year, and that you’ve completed 600 hours of student instructor training at a board approved school.
The application fee is $80, the written exam fee is $35, the practical exam fee is $60 and your license fee is $220. If you’re already a licensed cosmetology instructor from another state, Alaska does not need you to take written and practical exams to get your instructor’s license.
Employment Opportunities in Alaska for Cosmetology Instructors
In Alaska, you can expect to earn $53,920 annually as a cosmetology instructor, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since you won’t be working as a cosmetology instructor right away, you can expect to earn around $22,500 during the years you are getting your work experience as a cosmetology practitioner.
The best towns to work in the beauty industry in Alaska are Anchorage with its plentiful shopping and good cost of living; Fairbanks, with its lively cultural scene; Kenai, with its large business and corporate presence; and Juneau, the capital city. These towns attract business people, families and those looking to socialize and have fun; the types of people who are the ideal clients for the students that you train.