Grand Master Geek wrote:
"Just remember that that didnt make a great deal of difference in the US as the discount salons were generally the first licensed and that didnt prevent Paula finger from going funky did it? "
Sorry Grand Master Geek- I have to disagree with you on this one--- I started back in the early 90's-- and from my experience, the discount salons weren't the first licensed. Maybe across the nation the stats were somewhat true to your statement...
Early to mid 90's is when (atleast in my area) the influx of discount salons started up- and what a mess they created.... I truly believe we will not be able to clean it all up within the next decade.....
I believe that licensing is a standard- somewhat of the bottom rung on the ladder of our profession. It is true that just because all techs (have to) get licensed, it doesn't mean that they will follow the rules; it also doesn't set us professionals apart from them---
What would make a difference is if CEU's / CEC's (Continuing Education Units / Credits) WERE in fact a STANDARD.
Charging a fee for a license, license renewal, and the cost of classes would boost any economy where it matters most-- to the "Boards" or "Directors" or whoever is in charge of the program...
You are 1000% right when you mention the "points" of a licensing system- and how easy it is to fail......
But I believe if you implement a program, chosen wisely, and governed wisely- then appropriate the monies that come from this program to use to CHECK UP on the status of licenses and salon practices.
Here in the US- in one State (Tennessee, maybe?- don't quote me on this one)- there is a requirement of 600 hours (WOW in comparison to the measley 100 hrs required here in Massachusetts and the test for licensing was a joke- 100 questions and a basic 'water' manicure. UGH! )--- and you must learn manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gels, wraps and all the others (anatomy, physiology, diseases, disorders, sanitation & disinfection, etc.). WHAT a great base to start with--- and then they top it off with CEU's- required classes you must take to renew your license...
Not that this means, as I said before- that this standard program works- some are just plain ridiculous and don't follow any of the basic rules of the salon------
HOWEVER- it's sort of like- if you beat someone over the head long enough with the correct info/products/procedures.. somehow some of the content will seep in through the cracks in their skull.... ???!!! LOL :biggrin:
I live in a State where CEU's are not a requirement- but as a professional technician who tries to attend as many shows as possible with educational classes of all kinds-- it wouldn't bother me in the least to have to take classes and gain further knowledge to renew my license. (Basically, "BRING IT ON... I can and would handle it!")
As far as the "points" in the process you mentioned--GREAT POINTS- I think you
have the power to do it Grand Master Geek!!!!
Not only do you have the talent, knowledge and mastery at this profession- who would go against you!!!???
PS- just have to say that all have made very important and reasonable opinions on this subject--- I hope I haven't upset anyone with my post! :o