How to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist in Florida

Is a career in beauty in your sights?

If you have been dreaming of beginning a career in beauty, there is no better time than now! With immense growth and many different career opportunities available there has never been a better time to pursue your dreams!

Before you get there, however, you need an education tailored toward the license you hope for. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Melbourne and Delray Beach we are committed to just that. We want you to find the right education and support for you to be able to reach your dreams, and we know that can be tricky!

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According to the Florida board of Cosmetology each license is broken down into individualized tasks and career trajectory. These breakdowns are listed below.

We hope you find the perfect license for the beauty-based goals that you have in your life. As always, you are welcome to come and sit down with our admissions director. We would love the chance to get to know you and help you find the right fit for your beautiful dreams.

Types of Licenses in Florida

Cosmetology License

A Cosmetology License is the most popular type of beauty license offered in Florida, and it’s no wonder why! With a wide scope of specialties and skills there are many more career options available to cosmetologists in Florida than with any other beauty license.

Some of the skills that are required for cosmetologists to master include the following.

  • Hair Shampooing
  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Removing
  • Hair Relaxing
  • Pedicuring & Manicuring
  • And so many more!

Very attractive man who also cuts hair. Which is ironic because he has none.

Full Specialist

A Full Specialist focuses more on the health of the skin and nails. Many of the skills in this license are sought after in spas and nail salons through the state.

Some of the skills that a full specialist is expected to master includes:

  • Manicuring & Pedicuring
  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Acrylics

The Full Specialist license is a combination of two other licenses offered by the state of Florida. Both the Facial Specialist and the Nail Specialist licenses are included in the Full Specialist license, making this endorsement a great investment for you.

For more information on these licenses and many of the others offered in Florida please visit their site.

The Licensure Process

Once you have found the license that works for you and will help you reach your dreams, obtaining the required education should be the next thing on your mind. While you are on your journey toward finding your perfect school for you we invite you to visit The Salon Professional Academy campuses in Melbourne and Delray Beach. Take a look into our facility and into the education and support that we dedicate to each of our students. Schedule your tour today!

Depending on the license you are working toward you will be required to meet different educational training hour requirements. For the cosmetology program there is a 1200 Hour Training Requirement. These hours are broken up into two areas of focus to help the future stylists make the most of their education.

Foundational Courses

To become a master in any field you first need to focus on the basics. Nowhere is that more true than in cosmetology. Having a healthy knowledge of chemical processes, color interactions, skin health, sanitation, and more are vital building blocks that every cosmetologist needs.

These foundational skills do more than help the student provide quality services, they help them build the knowledge that could lead to a successful career.

Technical Skills Courses

Once students have mastered the foundational skills that can help them become the strong beauty professionals they dream of being, students are then taught many of the technical skills that help to create the student’s talent.

From cutting to styling and chemical processes these skills are first taught in a classroom before students begin transitioning toward mastering their skills in the student salon training area.

The time spent in the student salon training is valuable to each student so as to help them master their craft as they prepare to sit for their state board exam.

Educator giving makeup lessons

The Exam Process

In addition to completing the required 1200 hours of training and education, the state of Florida has several other requirements that students must complete in order to gain their license.

For more information on the requirements for licensure in the state of Florida, please visit the state licensing boards website.

As per the website, the steps toward licensure are as follows.

  • Education or Endorsement– For a cosmetology license in Florida, the 1200 hours requirement must be met by all students. If you are transferring a license from out of state you may have the option to make up any missing hours at a licensed training facility. Contact TSPA Melbourne or the state licensing board for more information.
  • Age– In the state of Florida all applicants for licensure must be at least 16 years of age and hold a high school diploma.
  • HIV/AIDS Course– Florida requires all future cosmetologists to take an HIV/AIDS course that teaches future cosmetologists about safe practice and cross contamination issues.
  • Examination– In Florida only a written exam is required. This exam can be scheduled through the state board of licenses.
  • Application– Once all of the requirements have been met the student must submit an application and all applicable fees along with their exam results to be considered for a license.

Are you ready to pursue your dreams?

At The Salon Professional Academy, Melbourne and Delray Beach we are ready to help you do just that. With passionate students, dedicated instructors, and a staff that will stand by you through everything, isn’t it time you experienced the TSPA Difference?

Contact us today to schedule your tour and see how you can go from start date to state board and be ready to conquer the world.