A cosmetology instructor works in a cosmetology school and instructs classes that will aid students to obtain cosmetology licenses. The cosmetology instructor may teach skills such as hairstyling, skin care, and makeup. The instructor should have strong communication, people, and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to teach through hands-on learning.
The cosmetology instructor is usually given the materials to teach, but strong knowledge of the field, along with some creativity in delivery methods, will come in handy. The instructor must make sure that the material taught adheres to field regulations and standard techniques. Evaluation of the students has to be done periodically through written tests and observing students carrying out cosmetology tasks. It is important to have strong customer service skills, as some beauty school salons are open to the public. Also, students should be taught customer service skills in order to serve their customers. When problems are encountered, the cosmetology instructor should correct them immediately. Instructors might have to readdress the class in a different teaching method.
The ability to keep records is important, as the instructor will have to keep detailed reports and files on students’ progress. Past experience working in a salon may be a requirement in order to be a cosmetology instructor. Hours will vary, as some classes are taught in the morning and others at night. Both part-time and full-time positions are usually available. Usually, it is essential to possess a cosmetology license; sometimes an instructor’s license is needed. A minimum of a high school diploma is also usually needed. Furthermore, some positions will require a bachelor’s degree.
Cosmetology Instructor Tasks
Coach students about quality and service standards and goals.
Assist with inspections, tests, and evaluations.
Assess student levels and understanding and adjust instruction.
Teach students standard procedures and maintenance of their space and equipment.