Illinois Law: What You Need to Know
Effective January 1, 2017, the Cosmetology Renewal License Domestic Violence Course (HB4264/PA99-0766) became an Illinois law requiring all salon professionals to complete a one-hour, one-time Continuing Education (CE) course about domestic violence and sexual assault in order to renew their two-year license. Those covered by this law include:
- cosmetology teachers
- esthetics teachers
- hair braiders
- hair braiding teachers
- nail technicians
- nail technology teachers
The CE requirement of this new law will NOT be effective until the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation implements the Rules and they are approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
The Domestic Violence CE requirement will be in effect for the September 2019 licensure renewals for cosmetologist and estheticians.
The CE requirement of this law will be effective for the September 2018 licensure renewals for cosmetology teachers and esthetics teachers, and for the October 2018 licensure renewals for nail technicians, nail technology teachers, hair braiders and hair braiding teachers.
As soon as the rules governing the implementation of this CE requirement are made public, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore will inform our salon professional community and let you know how we can assist you in meeting this CE requirement.
After the required one-hour, one-time requirement is met, salon professionals will have the option of taking the course during succeeding renewal periods to meet one of their CE requirements.
Why the Salon Professional?
Salon professionals are key allies in helping fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in Illinois where 1 in 4 women experience abuse and 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted. Salon professionals are in the unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers and discretely refer them to supportive services.
Research shows that most women experiencing abuse never call the police or go to a shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Because salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in those around them, many victims suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them – even if they would never tell anyone else. For a woman experiencing abuse, the salon may be the only place she goes without her abuser and may be the only place she can safely share her story.