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Barber/Cosmetology Board drops continuing education requirements

Change is on its way in the cosmetology industry. Have a look at the following website, first published on www.weau.com.

"After just a year of new requirements, the state decides people in the cosmetology industry no longer have to take continuing education classes on safety and sanitation.

The change comes after pressure from the Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Chippewa Valley Technical College Barber and Cosmetology Instructor Emily Dittner says the classes were originally put in place because of repeated violations around the state. But for at least the next two years, they are no longer required.

Stylists say they often take classes to keep up with the trends.

"Maybe updating your hair cutting or foiling techniques or things like that," Dittner said.

But when continuing education classes for laws, safety, sanitation and infection control became required, hair dressers say confusion ensued.

"I think being it was the first year there was a lot of confusion on it, a lot of frustration. I think a lot of people felt like it was really common sense," owner of Urban Style in Eau Claire, Denise Mackey-Natz explained.

"There was a lot of confusion as far as you know how many hours people had to have, if they weren't practicing did they still need to go through requirements and so it was just a lot of confusion," Dittner said.

Dittner says the state has kind of pushed the pause button on those new requirements to straighten things out.

"I think they're revisiting how they wanna offer it and what the requirements will look like," she said.

While, she believes continuing education is important, Dittner says the requirements need to be laid out clearly for the 35,000 licensees across Wisconsin.

The Barber and Cosmetology Board still requires licensees to have continuing education on a few medical procedures: laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation."