March 17, 2021

What are the Requirements for Cosmetology School?

Cosmetology school is a great place for students who have a passion in the beauty industry. Cosmetology school paves the path for those wanting to work in hair, skin, and nails. However, there are certain requirements for those choosing to pursue a career in cosmetology. Each state is different when it comes to requirements, so we can only speak for the requirements in Utah. We’re going to dive deeper into those requirements so you can know if cosmetology school is right for you!

Young potential students, people looking to change careers in mid-life, and even those looking for a new challenge after retirement do very well in cosmetology school. Utah beauty school students of all ages graduate, pass the state board exam and take their new jobs in great salons and spas.

So, for high school students ready to start a fun and rewarding career as a professional cosmetologist, congratulations on your decision to embark on your chosen career path at this time! And, for working people ready to switch to a more creative and personally satisfying field, congrats!

Standard Requirements for Cosmetology School

Choosing to go to cosmetology school can be an exciting step, but we also know how daunting it can be as well. We’re here to make it easier on you to help you know what is needed for your enrollment. Before enrollment, applicants may have an interview. Two of the required documents for admission are proof of age and current educational status:

Proof of Age 

Students of all ages enjoy cosmetology school and go on to successful careers in the industry. In most states, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to meet admission requirements for cosmetology school. But in Utah, you must be at least 17 years old

The only criterion for enrollment that is age-related is a document showing proof of your age. American Beauty Academy requires a high school diploma, GED, or a training agreement with your high school for students who want to start cosmetology courses while still in high school. Any one of these three documents is acceptable to confirm that an applicant is at least 17 years of age. So, you need just one of these three:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Birth certificate
  3. State identification card

Proof of Educational Status 

Any of these four documents is acceptable to confirm that an applicant has achieved the necessary level of education to qualify for enrollment in cosmetology school:

  1. High school diploma
  2. High school transcript
  3. Certificate of G.E.D.
  4. A High school training agreement

Learning Has no  Limits!

Three things to think about and help you as you consider getting started in beauty school:

Your age is right

If you are wondering, “Am I too old to start beauty school?” the answer is “No.” Cosmetology students come in all ages. If you have a desire to become a cosmetologist, and you’re eager to start training for a new career in the beauty field, prepare for a fun and exciting student experience. You’ll find students and professionals of all ages working together and thriving in their beauty school programs and in your professional salon after graduation. Whether you just barely meet the minimum age requirement or are excited about a new career later in your life, if you are passionate about becoming a cosmetologist, go for it!

You want a great career

If you love the idea of having a career as a stylist, esthetician, makeup artist, nail technician, or in another area of the cosmetology field, you can make your desire a reality. It’s never too late to chase your dream career. Whether you already have an established career and are wanting something new or you just graduated highschool, a great career will be waiting for you. It’s just on the other side of you pursuing your dreams.  Once you start taking the steps necessary to qualify for a beauty career you really want, the faster you can start enjoying your new professional life in a job you love.

FAQ About Enrolling in Cosmetology School

Like all other students, you’ll be going to cosmetology school with no experience. You’ll learn a lot about the school during your campus tour. There is also an abundance of information in the American Beauty Academy Course Catalog, to help you become familiar. Here are just a couple of questions students ask prior to enrollment:

What are the typical career interests of cosmetology students?

 Choosing a career path in the beauty industry has many perks, from having a flexible schedule to making a difference in someones life. There are many fun and exciting career opportunities when it comes to cosmetology. Depending on your interests, you can go into any of these careers:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist
  • Color Specialist
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon Owner
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Product Representative
  • Apprentice Trainer
  • Platform Artist
  • And more!

What are some key priorities of students who enroll in a top cosmetology school?

Most cosmetology students want to get an advanced education in a good school that is easy to start and does not involve a lot of upfront enrollment cost. They also want to graduate in less time than it takes to get a four-year degree, and they want to get a job and start their career in their chosen profession.

Why Choose American Beauty Academy?

There are many advantages in selecting one of the best cosmetology schools. Just a few of the most important benefits of attending American Beauty Academy include these, among others:

  • American Beauty is a full-scope cosmetology program, not a quick partial program offering a shortened version of training in one or two skills of the profession.
  • We are a small academy, which allows us to get to know each of our students and work with their individual learning styles.
  • Our students receive more hands-on salon experience, with the opportunity to work with many clients every week.
  • Schedules can be flexible to fit personal needs after the freshman class.
  • The Academy’s pass rate at the state board has been 100%. Because of our strong reputation and relationships throughout the beauty business community, our students are highly sought for employment, and many have jobs before they graduate.

American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City, & Payson, Utah

We are an accredited Utah cosmetology and barber school. American Beauty Academy campuses are located in Salt Lake City and Payson UT. Our modern professional salon provides an abundance of experience for our students, and it offers the public affordable salon services.

For information on courses, enrollment, financial aid, or other questions, call American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City, or Payson, Utah at (801) 406-7386, or use our online contact request. We’re here to help you anytime!

American Beauty Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, or ethnic origin and admits students without discrimination of any circumstances and/or processes.


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