Cosmetology in Vermont does have its perk. As one of the least populated states in the country, the competition is smaller. But before we get into the details, how about some fun facts?

  • Vermont dates back to 1647 when a French explorer labeled the area now known as Vermont as “Verd Mont,” which means “green mountain.”
  • Vermont produces nearly all the maple syrup the U.S consumes. The state can make as much as half a million gallons a year.
  • Vermonters never get tired of visiting the Shelburne Museum. Not only is it fun for family trips, but it exhibits change yearly.

Thankful, the rules of cosmetology are more stable and apply throughout the year. Let’s get to it.

Cosmetology Licensure Renewal

All cosmetology licenses in Vermont expire on the same day. That is on the 30th of November of odd-numbered years. As a practicing cosmetologist, you must renew your license every two years before it expires to avoid disrupting your work. Remember, working without a valid permit is illegal and will result in disciplinary measures if the Board finds out.

To avoid disciplinary measures from tainting your work record, you’ll need to take compulsory continuing education study hours. Continuing hours are a sort of extended curriculum that includes safe practices and the latest cosmetology trends. So they are, in fact, helpful, and not just an unnecessary evil to renew your license. Out of the 24 mandatory hours you need to complete before the 30th of November, six should cover teaching.

You can renew your license from as early as six weeks before the end of your validity period. You will also receive a notification from Vermont’s cosmetology Board by early October. You should know that the Board has scraped paper applications, and only online renewals are now acceptable.

Initial license fee: $275 (plus the cost of examination fees)

Renewal fee (to be paid every two years): $130

How do I transfer my Cosmetology license to Vermont from another State?

The Green Mountains are remarkable for their family-friendly and easy-going lifestyle. If you’re looking to move, and continue your cosmetology career in Vermont, you’ll be happy to know you can. The Vermont Board of Cosmetology and Barbering grants reciprocity to applicants seeking such on certain conditions. First, you’ll have to complete an endorsement application form. When submitting this form, you should include a fee of $110 payable to Vermont. It covers the cost of your application. Of course, you’ll need to have your home state supervisor fill your affidavit of experience and upload it to Vermont’s cosmetology board for proper verification. The testimony must show that you received at least 1500 hours of cosmetology training before receiving your license. If your training was as an apprentice, then you need 2000 hours.

How to change name/address on Cosmetology license

In a scenario where you need to change your name or address, you must update the Vermont cosmetology Board. To update your personal information, login to your online licensing account. After successfully logging in to your account using the proper user ID and password, you can update your profile. Remember that postal mails are no longer a viable means of communication, as stipulated by OPR. So the entire process will need to take place online. That means it’s vital your email address is current at all times as that is how the Board will contact you, or send you notifications of changes to your account. If your email is outdated or wrong, you could miss important notices.

To ensure first that your email is current, then proceed to change your biodata. A change of name will require you to upload an official document like a marriage certificate, but everything else is straightforward.

Requirements for receiving Cosmetology Instructor’s license

Teaching is a great way to expand your income stream and pass on the torch of cosmetology. If you’re interested in going down academia’s road with your career, you should be aware of the criteria to become a certified instructor.

Just like receiving your license or reciprocity, the applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have an active cosmetology license
  • Have three years of active work experience as a cosmetologist
  • Pass an Instructor Examination organized by PCS.

After receiving your license, just with the initial cosmetology license, you’ll need to renew your instructor’s license every two years following a 24-hour continuing course.

Cosmetology Examination requirements

As with all professional practices, there are specific criteria for aspiring cosmetologists to meet before they induct into the field. These are:

  • Applicant must attain a minimum age of 18 years old
  • Applicant must have at least a high school diploma or the GED equivalent
  • Applicant must attend and graduate with a minimum of 1500 training hours in cosmetology from an approved beauty school
  • The applicant must pass the licensing exam issued by the Vermont Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.

The licensing exam has a written and practical aspect. You must register with PCS after completing the recommended number of hours, and take the exams in English. On receiving your license, remember to renew it biennially.

So there you have it, the basics of cosmetology in Vermont. Did you like this post? If you did, then please leave a comment. Tell me something you learned about the process, or ask a question on anything you found unclear. I’ve also written about cosmetology in other states, and you can read those posts here.