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March 19, 2013

Cosmetology licensing again under scrutiny

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He said since cosmetologists regularly deal with chemicals and need education on communicable diseases, he thinks the licensing of those professionals is important.

“Specifically with respect to cosmetologists, when this issue came up last year [under HB 1006], they had concerns about health and public safety to the extent that they use chemicals and have tools and instruments that are in direct contact with the body,” Clere said. “There’s a need for cosmetologists to follow safe, sanitary practices to avoid contamination and disease transmission and also to work safely with chemicals. I think there’s more to it than it may appear at first blush.”

Clere said his own profession as a real estate agent is slated to come under review in 2017.

Sen. Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, said overall he supports the bill and thinks beauty professional licenses should remain on the list for periodic review. But he said he thinks because of the public health concerns associated with cosmetology and other related jobs, that the license requirement should remain.

“That profession, that career in my opinion, I believe there needs to be some surveillance and oversight,” Grooms said.

 

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Alan Taylor, director for career and technical education at Prosser, said students in his school’s cosmetology program go through the state-required 1,500 hours of training to earn their licenses.

For about $400 in fees, students can graduate high school and enter the job market without going to another cosmetology-education program. If they didn’t go to Prosser, the same training could cost them between $15,000 and $20,000 at a post-secondary facility.

But if the license requirement for the field is eliminated, he said he thinks a private organization would step up and create a process to certify cosmetologists in Indiana.

Mary Taylor said even so, a certificate wouldn’t carry the same weight a license does if a student wants to work in another state.

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