Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Action Reduction in License Display Requirements
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 1/22/2020
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1/9/20  2:34 pm
Commenter: Alessia Spielvogel, The Chrysm Institute of Esthetics

License Display Regulation Should Remain In Effect

I am against the proposition that apprentices no longer be required to be advertised as such in salons/spas. As a client, I would be reluctant to seek services at a salon or spa, not knowing whether the individual providing the service had been properly trained in safety and sanitary requirements or if the individual had passed state mandated board examination for licensure. How would the board ensure that these unlicensed individuals are being properly supervised and that these individuals don’t cause harm to unsuspecting clients? I feel state licensing regulations exist to promote safety and protect the consumer, and removing the license display requirement would not accomplish that goal.

Additionally, I feel that individuals looking to become licensed Estheticians could be taken advantage of, in being hired for lower pay (due to lack of training/license) but still providing services for their employer at full price. This could also have an adverse effect on licensed individuals, who may encounter greater difficulty in securing employment if salons/spas decide to hire a greater amount of unlicensed individuals for a lower pay rate.   

I strongly disagree with this proposal and would advocate that license display requirements and apprenticeship display requirements remain in effect. 

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