How to Start a Beauty Academy

Launching a beauty academy is capital intensive and requires huge investment. Beauty care/hairdressing are very demanding professions and important aspects of beauty industry.
 The school should offer prospective candidates a diploma or degree. There are some national recognized qualifications such as CIDESCO, VCTC, NVQ CIBTAC, and CIDESCO.
There is also a recommended duration of study ranging from 2100 hrs for diploma and 2 years for a degree program. Independent training academy need highly qualified teachers and a comprehensive curriculum.
The facility should conform to building ordinances for such institutions. Other requirements are quality teaching aids, equipment and insurance. Accreditation is only given after thorough investigation, inspection of facility and strict adherent to state laws.
How to Start a Beauty College
  • Write a business plan
  • Secure funding
  • Purchase appropriate equipment
  • Secure adequate landed property
  • Conform to building ordinances
  • Get certified
  • Offer comprehensive courses
  • Marketing
Why Start a Beauty Academy
The beauty industry is highly commercialized, competitive with huge earning potential. Vocational and technical training schools offer self employment and employment opportunities to young ladies.
 Such institutions reduce unemployment by teaching vocational skills and training. The business owner also benefits financially while offering a valuable service.
Write a Business Plan
You need to write a beauty academy business plan and carry out research. The research should focus on procedures and laws guiding the establishment.
 Focus on target market, location, college structure, management team and staff.  Major considerations are startup funding, licensing fees, furniture and equipment. You need serious fixed and working capital.
Funding the Beauty Academy
To fund the academy approach a commercial bank in your area. You need to present your business plan, collateral and guarantors.
They expect you have at least 20% of the amount requested. You need low interest long termed loans with fixed interest rate.
Other funding sources include angel investors, crowd funding, core investor or an investment house. You could try a partnership arrangement or sell startup equity to prospective investors.
  • Bank Loans
  • Angel investors
  • Crowd funding
  • Approach an investment house
  • Find a core investor
  • Partnership
  • Target saving
  • Sell startup equity
  • Borrow from Friends and Family
Basic Beauty Academy Equipment
The list of equipment you need to run you academy is huge. Basic equipment’s are teaching aids, desks, tables and chairs. Shampoos, clippers, scissors, nail implements, blowers, diffusers, curlers and multi-styling kit.
Don’t forget hair brushes, combs, shampoo bowls, mirrors, aprons and paper towels. Stock the equipment you need based on the course content and requirements.
Some Basic Equipment
  • Teaching aids
  • Desks
  • tables and chairs
  • Shampoos
  • Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Nail implements
  • Blowers
  • Diffusers
  • Curlers
  • Hair brushes
  • Combs
  • Shampoo bowls
  • Mirrors
  • Aprons
  • Paper towels.
Beauty Academy License
The college needs state approval to issue students either a diploma or a degree. The type of certification issued to students depends on the level of the institution.
The license is specific to the discipline and requires attending a college or university. In some states there are a minimum number of hours of training and state examinations.
Some states accept apprentice programs from certified schools. Some licensing boards require a minimum of 2100 hrs or 6 months program on one specialty.
There are different specialties such as fashion designing, cosmetology, esthetics, barbing and hair braiding. Beauty colleges offer students two types of certification.
They could study to obtain a diploma or a degree. A diploma certificate is a post secondary program run by beauty colleges. Once they obtain the diploma they need to pass a state board examination before a license is issued to the successful candidate.
Therefore the process is complete beauty school, get diploma, pass state exam and get operational license.
To get a beauty management and applied technology degree they need to apply to a university or college and complete a 2 year program. While  a diploma holder might be offered a 1 year course.
Student Certification and License
  • Attend a Cosmetic School
  • Get a Diploma
  • Take State exam
  • Get Issued a License
  • Attends a university or Certified College
  • Gets a Degree
 Beauty School License and Certification
The beauty school needs to pass the states laws on establishing such an institution. Things that are considered by the regulatory body are school curriculum and educational qualification of teachers.
Other requirements are adequate facility, training equipment and location. Other considerations are affiliates, building ordinances, fire safety, and student’s welfare.
To find out all the requirements visit the state regulatory body in your country. It could take 2 years to get an operational license and certification as a training institute.
Beauty Academy Curriculum
Every institution needs to fashion out a good curriculum. Continuing education and colleges require minimum training hours.
The curriculum could include cosmetology, nail technology, make up artistry and massage therapy. Other courses are beauty therapy, braiding and bridal dressing. More include barbing, esthetician, laser removal technology.
Cosmetology Courses
Cosmetology courses should offer students basic training in general training and practical applications. Subject areas could include hygiene, nail technology, ethics, hair types and shampooing.
Other study could focus on tools, chemicals, human anatomy, physiology and skin diseases/conditions. Practical chemical application focuses on shaping, curling, thinning, cutting, tools and hair treatment.
  • Hygiene
  • Nail technology
  • Ethics
  • Hair types
  • Shampooing
  • Chemicals
  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Skin diseases/conditions
  • Practical chemical application techniques
Salon Management
Salon management includes courses in sanitation, electrical devices, business ethics and state laws. Others include marketing, merchandising, labor laws, client relations, bookkeeping and emergency first aid. More areas involve nail technology, esthetics and personal grooming.
Marketing the Beauty Academy
You need serious marketing to attract students. Make sure your academy offers recognized certificates to grandaunts.
 Advertise the school in newspapers and educational journals. Use flyers, billboards, sign boards and business cards.
Build a website to highlight the schools curriculum, student body and courses. Add digital images of students, classrooms and college grounds. Include contact us page, about us page, address, email address and phone numbers.


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