A house bill in the Texas legislature, that would weaken the requirements for a cosmetology license was not approved for a full house vote by the licensing and procedures committee earlier this week.
The cosmetologists behind me are now required by the state to complete at least 1500 hours of instruction in a licensed beauty school.... but this bill could lessen that number.
And that's something that many cosmetologists who worked and studied many hours for their licenses are not too happy about.
Angela Ward not only owns a salon but she is also a cosmetology instructor at Vernon College in Wichita Falls.
"This is just something that I love to do. I love working with the students. I love knowing that I'm going to help someone else to be as successful as I was with it." Angela Ward, Vernon College Cosmetology Instructor
Ward says her students learn everything from nails to skin to hair and that every hour they are in school is crucial for their careers.
That's why she and other cosmetologists we spoke with are against a Texas House Bill, that would reduce the required hours of instruction from 1500 to 1000.
"I mean, we don't want people out there who aren't qualified to work on the skin. I mean.... we wouldn't want to cause any issues with that or someone who doesn't know what they are doing with nails. Someone who is going to cause chemical burns." Angela Ward Vernon College Cosmetology Instructor
"The concept of going from 1500 to 1000 hours I think depletes I guess the credibility of the professional cosmetology industry." Robin Cook, Tangles Salon Owner, Cosmetologist
The cosmetologists we spoke with, like Robin Cook with Tangles Salon think the change in the number of hours has to do with a high failure rate in cosmetology exams.
The instructor written portion of the exam had a passing rate of just 44% in 2015, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
The bill's sponsor, Representative Craig Goldman of Fort Worth is quoted in the Texas Tribune as saying the lower number of hours won't make a noticeable difference in skills and will encourage quality training.
"Of course it would change the way that the classes are conducted. It wouldn't change our main goal of students success but we would have to fit a lot more information into a littler amount of time, which we already feel, 1500 hours is just...we're cramming at that point." Angela Ward, Vernon College Cosmetology Instructor
Ward worries that the quality of education for future cosmetologists will suffer if this bill is passed and signed by the governor.
If this bill is passed it applies only to an application for a license submitted on or after September 1st of 2018.
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