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What are the Age Requirements for Cosmetology School?

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. Young 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!

In this blog, you will learn…

Basic Age and Educational Information for Enrollment

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.

Applicants have an interview before enrollment. Two of the required documents for admission are proof of age and current educational status:

Proof of Age 

Any one of these three documents is acceptable to confirm that an applicant is at least 16 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

Starting Cosmetology School as a Later Career Choice

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.

Learning Knows No Age Limits!

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

Your age is right

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.

Learn. Graduate. New Job

 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.

Some Options to Consider when Changing Careers

Changing careers at a later age may feel a little daunting, especially if you really want to become a hairdresser, but have some physical limitations. For example, if you find you can’t really stand on your feet all day long, why not consider pursuing a new career as a makeup artist or a nail technician? Or, you might consider working part-time at first, and see if you like that pace, and then increase if you wish.

Cosmetology Training at American Beauty Academy

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 and the average age of cosmetology students?

The majority of cosmetology students are female and most are from 18 to 30 years of age. But, the field continues expanding, and now includes many males in training for cosmetology and barbering careers.

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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