What does accreditation mean for a school? Does accreditation affect the training and education available? Can a student still get licensed if a school isn’t accredited?
No matter if you have been researching beauty schools for months or been in the industry for years, accreditation is a tricky subject. It can easily confuse anyone, and that’s partly because it is far more than just meeting standards and winning badges to put on your window. Accreditation extends from state requirements to brand affiliation, and it can take years to complete.
While national accreditations can be important for beauty schools, there are many other affiliations that can impact a school’s quality and education. They should not keep you from attending your dream school.
Before a cosmetology school even opens there are certain regulations that they are expected to meet on their state and city level. These licensing requirements range from teacher-student ratios, to education hours, facility standards and so much more. A beauty school cannot operate without a license and these requirements set a minimum standard that every school in your area is required to meet.
It is an important base-line for the education and facility that your chosen beauty school will give you but it is not the most important corner of this foundation.
Almost all schools use a brand name in their student salon. However, when a school has a relationship with a brand it means much more than what they stock on their shelves. It means they could also be gaining access to advanced product knowledge and additional training for students and staff. The brand can even set additional standards for training requirements and staffing that the school would be required to meet in order to maintain their affiliation.
As a part of The Salon Professional Academy family, TSPA Fort Wayne is proud to have a relationship with Redken that allows us to pass their advanced training on to our students.
National Accrediting Bodies
There are a few National Accrediting Bodies that are recognized by the federal department of education. These accreditations set additional standards that stretch into graduation rates and teacher education. At it’s core, they are required for a school to receive federal student funding.
While important, the national accreditations takes years to complete, with a long waiting period for new schools before they can even begin the process. Because of that, schools may be meeting (and even exceeding) these standards long before their accreditation is official.
If you have ever wondered why names like McDonald’s, Massage Envy and even The Salon Professional Academy are so prevalent – it’s because these companies are run through a franchise system. Franchises are businesses that are independently owned, while still being connected to a larger brand. These type of business relationships are done so as to set a standard and expectation as to the brands quality and service. With beauty schools that can translate to a school who operates above traditional expectations.
Often, independent owners will choose one brand over another because they are passionate about a product and find a connection with the standards they offer. Such is the case with TSPA Fort Wayne. We believe in and stand by the additional requirements, expectations and standards that the TSPA brand gives its students and we are proud to wear their name and pass on that education to our students.
While a school’s training hours and subject matter is set by the state, the actual curriculum is not a standardized system. Beauty school curriculum is offered through third party vendors, such as Milady and Pivot Point, with many schools even choosing to simply utilize their own. While there is nothing wrong with a school using their own curriculum, make sure to ask questions to ensure that the basics are covered and that a healthy business management education is included.
At TSPA Fort Wayne we are proud to offer the Summit Business Education to our students, it is a system that we use in our salons and have mastered through the years.
There is no denying that the regulations and expectations that beauty schools are put under matter. It is important to remember, however, that those same regulations can help a school become a healthy investment. And with a multiyear process for that accreditation to come through, discounting schools because of it could keep you from an education that could make your wildest dreams come true.
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