Continuing Cosmetology Education – How to Choose an Online Provider

Continuing Cosmetology Education – How to Choose an Online Provider

Online cosmetology education can save you valuable time and money. All you need is an internet connection, and you can take courses any time you choose. Online courses are less expensive than on-site classes because there are no travel expenses or instructors’ fees. Currently, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio and Texas allow you to take cosmetology license renewal courses online. While there are many cosmetology continuing education providers, answering the following questions will help you choose the one that is right for you.

What type of learning do you prefer? There are two types of online courses. Web-based courses present all of the course information online. Hybrid courses require you to download class materials in a PDF format. Both types of online courses generally offer you the option of completing any required tests online. If you prefer to have physical course materials to review, then you should consider enrolling in a hybrid course. However, if you prefer an interactive learning experience, a Web-based course might be right for you.

Have the provider and courses been approved by the state board? Most state boards of cosmetology only accept continuing education hours that have been previously approved. Be sure to visit the website of your state’s cosmetology board prior to enrolling in any course to determine if the provider and the course have been approved.

Do you need a package or an individual course? Some providers combine courses into a package to meet all of your CE requirements. Generally, buying a package is cheaper than purchasing individual courses; however you should consider individual courses if you have already completed some of your continuing education hours or if the courses in the package do not meet your needs. For more flexibility, look for a provider that offers both packages and individual courses.

Can you try before you buy? Look for clear course descriptions and the option to try out the course before you pay for it. Some providers allow you to take the entire course for free before paying. Others offer free course demos but require payment before you can take the actual class. Either method is fine as long as you are comfortable with the course format and information. If you like the course, it doesn’t really matter when you are required to pay for it.

What kind of support does the provider offer? Some providers offer customer support 24 hours a day. Since cosmetologists typically work unconventional hours, this type of support availability will help you get your questions answered at a time that works for you.

What Do You Know About the Company? Avoid unscrupulous providers by looking for information about the company and key management. Also, search for multiple points of contact such as an e-mail address, toll free number, live chat link and physical address.

Copyright 2009 Carmella B. Wilson.