Like most states in the United States, cosmetologists require a license to work in the state of Oregon too. By applying to the Oregon state board, applicants can acquire a license as a barber, esthetician, hair designer, nail technologist, and natural hair care professional. To learn more about each license type, please read the information below.
What Can You Tell Me About the Oregon Barber License?
Barbering is a profession that requires professional shaving, trimming and cutting of the beard, as well as cutting, styling, dressing, shampooing, cleansing and conditioning of the hair. A barber is often compared to a regular hair stylist, but barbers are not allowed to apply chemical treatments on the hair; this includes coloring, dyeing, and waves.
To apply for an Oregon Barber License, you require at least 1,100 education hours. These hours must be acquired from a school that is approved according to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 817-030-0005. Under those 1,100 hours, applicants must have enjoyed at least 150 hours of safety-infection control and 100 hours of career development.
What Can You Tell Me About the Oregon Esthetician License?
Estheticians are professionals who are focused on keeping skin healthy and attractive. To perform their profession, estheticians can execute treatments with their hands, but also with mechanical and electrical appliances. Thanks to these treatments, estheticians can cleanse, stimulate, manipulate, and exfoliate the skin.
To apply for an esthetician license, applicants require at least 250 hours of education; this includes 150 hours of safety & infection control and 100 hours of career development. The training must be obtained through a competency-based school, which must meet the requirements of the Oregon state board.
What Can You Tell Me About the Oregon Hair Design License?
Hair designers are professional focused on the cutting, trimming and styling of hair. Contrary to barbers, hair designer can apply chemical treatments to the hair of their clients; this includes coloring, dyeing and permanent waves. Hair designers also provide shampooing, cleansing and conditioning hair treatments.
To apply for a hair design license for the state of Oregon, applicants require 1,450 hours of formal training. In addition to their formal training, applicants also require 150 hours of safety & infection control and 100 hours of career development. Like all other licenses, the training must be provided by a competency-based school that meets the requirements of the Oregon state board.
What Can You Tell Me About the Oregon Nail Technologist License?
Nail technologists are professionals who focus on the trimming, cutting, cleaning, polishing, coloring, or tinting of the natural nails of the hands and the feet. Nail technologists can also apply, sculpts and remove artificial nails.
To apply for a nail technician license, the applicant requires at least 350 hours of training. Their training should also include 150 hours of safety and infection control, as well as 100 hours of career development. These courses are required to acquire the initial certification needed for the license application.
What Can You Tell Me About the Oregon Natural Hair Care License?
Professionals trained in natural hair care focus on the braiding, cornrowing, extending, lacing, locking, sewing, twisting, weaving and wrapping of human hair, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and hair extensions. This can be done with the hands, but also with various tools such as clips, combs, hairpins, and needle & thread.
Please note that natural hair care is not equal to hair design. Professionals with a natural hair care license are not allowed to execute chemical hair treatments, nor can they use scissors for hair style purposes.
To acquire an Oregon natural hair care license, the applicant must meet the requirements as laid out in OAR 331 division 30. The applicant must also complete an application form and pay the accompanying fees. Applicants must also provide two different types of identification and provide proof they completed the natural hair care training module.
Finally, an applicant must complete and pass a written exam within two years of submitting their application to the Oregon state board. If the exam is taken longer than two years before the application, then the applicant must retake the exam to acquire their license.
What can You Tell Me About the Examinations Organized by the Oregon State Board?
Applicants requiring a license will need to pass a state-sanctioned practical and written examination provided by the Oregon state board; this in addition to the examination applicants have passed during their training.
The exam that must be passed to acquire a license consists of a written and practical exam. The written exam can be executed on a walk-in basis; this means that applicants do not have to make an appointment to do the exam.
Before they can do the written exam, applicants must provide at least two separate forms of government ID. Identification must clearly display your legal name and must meet the identification requirements laid out by the Oregon state board. For more information about these requirements, please head over to the website of the Oregon state board.
The practical exam that must be passed is usually organized by hourly-based and competency-based schools. The school must be a licensed school and meet HECC criteria and standards, so be sure to check the requirements before sitting the practical exam at a chosen school.
Can I Retake the Written Exam If I Fail?
Applicants can retake the written exam if they fail. However, there is a waiting period until you can take the exam again. If you fail the exam for the first time, you must wait seven calendar days before taking the exam for the second time. If you fail the exam for a second time, you must wait another seven calendar days for a third attempt at the exam.
If you fail the exam three times consecutively, the board states you must wait at least 30 calendar days. Applicants must also pay another application fee and apply for the examination again. They must also submit a certification of additional training from an established institute. If you fail more than seven times, the Oregon board of cosmetology and HLO will determine if you get another opportunity.