If you are interested in helping aspiring cosmetologists reach their goal, a career in cosmetology instruction may be the way to go. Your cosmetology instructor training includes your practical experience as a cosmetologist in addition to training from a state approved program. In Utah, the instructor course curriculum, which takes roughly 1000 hours to complete, will prepare you for administering and grading exams, developing presentation techniques to use during lectures and effective communication skills. You will also be taught teaching specifics such as student learning and development and academic advising.
Once you have completed your training, you will be confident in your end goal, to help new cosmetology students pass the state board exam and start their carer!
Licensing Requirements for Cosmetology Instructors in Utah
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Board of Cosmetology issues licenses for both cosmetologists and cosmetology instructors.
In order to apply to get a cosmetology instructor’s license in Utah, you must be 18 years old; be a high school graduate (or have obtained your GED); and have a Utah cosmetology license. In order to get a cosmetology license in Utah, you have to train for 2000 hours and successfully pass your written and practical exams. Once you’ve obtained your license, you have to work as a cosmetologist in Utah for at least 3000 hours before applying for your instructor’s license.
You cannot count any hours of internship, apprenticeship, training or schooling as work experience hours towards your instructor’s license. You will have to get all your work experience after you receive your operator’s license. After you’ve completed your 3000 work experience hours, roughly a year and a half of work, you have to pass the NIC Instructor’s Exam. Once you’ve passed and the board has approved your license application, the board will issue your license.
Employment Opportunities in Utah
In Utah, the best towns to work in the beauty industry are Park City, Salt Lake City, Logan and Ogden. Logan and Ogden are both family friendly types of towns that made the Forbes list for great places to raise families and nurture careers; while Park City and Salt Lake City are more metropolitan areas with a lot going on in the performing arts, business and recreation. Because there is a lot of beauty clientele in these towns, there is a great demand for instructors to prepare students to serve these clients and numerous schools to find employment. As an instructor in Utah, you can expect to earn almost $54,000 a year, according to the BLS.