Whether you are a person (or an organization) who wants to open a cosmetology school or an aspiring student who desires to develop a career in the cosmetic industry in the state of California (in cities like San Jose, San Francisco, or Los Angeles), it is of your advantage if you are aware of the requirements imposed by the government to acquire a license to operate in the area. This will help you to ensure that you are on the right track and, at the same time, you can avoid potential trouble in the future. For instance, as a business owner, you will avoid issues concerning legalities; as a student, it will help you to choose the most qualified cosmetology school in this state.
What are the requirements that are needed to comply to run a cosmetology school in California? The state’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has the following specifics:
- Provisional approval from BPPE – contacting the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education is the first step when opening a cosmetology school, wherein you will need complete an application and obtain a provisional approval.
- Complete requirements for the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology – with this, you will need to provide/comply a number of requirements including: an application for Cosmetology School Approval; provisional approval (which is obtained from BPPE); floor plan demonstrating room for equipment and floor space necessary for at least 25 students; comply the minimum equipment requirements for a school of Cosmetology as specified in California Code of Regulation section 940; a list of 25 full time students; and a curriculum for the full cosmetology course (more details can be found here).
- On-site inspection by the by a Board inspector – when the requirements above are complied, a Board inspector will conduct an on-site inspection of your school. When approved, a School Code by the board will be issued to you (for your school). Please note that that particular code must be obtained prior to starting to operate a school.
There you have it – the core requirements to comply when operating a cosmetology school in California. Most likely, there are some more requirements – apart from above – and they could be specific to areas so make sure you check those as well, most especially if a school is to be situated in big cities like Los Angeles or San Jose.