State drives need for barber/cosmetologist continuing education

by speitz10. June 2010 11:23

In a recently adopted administrative rule, the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) has implemented continuing education requirements that must be met by all currently licensed barber/cosmetologist practitioners prior to the renewal date of March 31, 2011.

“Providing continuing education for all of the licensed cosmetologists and barbers in the state is going to be a huge undertaking prior to the March 31 renewal deadline,” said Jon Waldhuetter, dean of cosmetology and trades at Moraine Park Technical College. “There are presently 43,000 licensed practitioners in the state who will need this training. That will equate to an estimated 1,200 to 1,800 classes that will be needed to address current training needs.”

Initially, six hours of continuing education – two in law and four in sanitation, safety and infection control – will be required to renew one’s license for the biennium prior to the 2011 renewal deadline. Following the 2011 deadline, every licensed practitioner will be required to complete 12 additional hours of continuing education every two years prior to the licensing renewal date. Individuals with 30 or more years of experience as a Wisconsin licensed practitioner will be subject to special accommodations.

 “Instructors from Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges have come together and developed a comprehensive curriculum package that addresses and meets the CEU requirements outlined by the DRL,” said Waldhuetter. “Classes can be offered as a two-hour and four-hour course or as a six-hour black, available in both face-to-face and online format.”

Continuing education offerings are already available at several of the technical colleges, and as the word grows of the new regulations, additional offerings will become available. Practitioners are advised not to wait until the last minute to enroll in these courses, as sections are filling rapidly.

According to Waldhuetter, “This is a new process for our clients and our goal is to assist and guide them in meeting the licensing requirements. We want to make this as painless and beneficial as possible.”

Classes will be available at Moraine Park in both face-to-face and online formats and offered at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. For more information on the new CEU requirements, contact the state Department of Regulation and Licensing at 877-617-1565 or call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.