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Cosmetology Training to See Revamp Under Parkinson Bill

Press release from the office of Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis; May 2, 2013:

Fast Facts:

  • House Bill 39 will allow for the creation of free standing natural hair care schools, schools of manicuring, and schools of aesthetics.
  • The bill allows for students to opt for apprenticeships prior to licensing
  • This bill will create needed Tennessee businesses and jobs

Nashville, TN, May 2, 2013 – Rep. Antonio Parkinson is changing the cosmetology training industry in Tennessee with the passage of House Bill 39. Currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, HB39 instructs the TN cosmetology board to create rules for the creation of stand-alone natural hair care, manicuring, and aesthetics schools. Currently, students can become licensed in these disciplines, but they would have to go through a complete cosmetology program for completion. With the signing of this law, students may choose a particular area of cosmetology that they would like to practice and focus on.

In addition, the new law allows cosmetology students the option to complete their required hours of classroom time through an apprenticeship program under a licensed cosmetologist. This would require students to go to school for half of the program in the classroom and the other half in the salon while working under a licensed cosmetologist.

“With the passage of this legislation, more businesses will be created, more people will enter the workforce faster and with the necessary experience to succeed,” says Rep. Parkinson. “Tennessee will move closer to competing with states that are leaders in the cosmetology industry.”

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