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Questions to Ask Makeup Beauty Courses
Following is a list of questions that you will want to look into for any makeup artist training school you are considering. As we have previously discussed, the location of the school relative to your Glendale residence, in addition to the cost of tuition, will most likely be your primary qualifiers. Whether you would like to pursue a certificate, diploma or a degree will no doubt be next on your list. But once you have narrowed your school choices based on those preliminary qualifications, there are even more factors that you should research and take into consideration before enrolling in a makeup school. Below we have collected some of those supplemental questions that you need to ask each school before making a final decision.
Is the School Accredited? It's important to make sure that the makeup training program you choose is accredited. The accreditation should be by a U.S. Department of Education acknowledged local or national agency, such as the National Accrediting Commission for Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). Programs accredited by the NACCAS must meet their high standards assuring a superior curriculum and education. Accreditation can also be necessary for getting student loans or financial aid, which typically are not offered for non- accredited schools. It's also a requirement for licensing in several states that the training be accredited. And as a final benefit, numerous Glendale AZ employers will not hire recent graduates of non-accredited schools, or might look more positively upon individuals with accredited training.
Does the School have an Excellent Reputation? Any makeup artist college that you are seriously evaluating should have a good to exceptional reputation within the field. Being accredited is a good starting point. Next, ask the schools for testimonials from their network of Glendale AZ businesses where they have placed their students. Verify that the schools have high job placement rates, signifying that their students are highly regarded. Visit rating companies for reviews in addition to the school's accrediting agencies. If you have any connections with area salon owners or managers, or any person working in the trade, ask them if they are acquainted with the schools you are considering. They may even be able to recommend others that you had not thought of. And last, check with the Arizona school licensing authority to see if there have been any complaints submitted or if the schools are in total compliance.
What’s the School’s Specialty? Some beauty schools offer programs that are expansive in nature, focusing on all areas of cosmetology. Others are more focused, providing training in a specific specialty, for instance hairstyling, manicuring or electrolysis. Schools that offer degree programs often expand into a management and marketing curriculum. So it's essential that you pick a school that focuses on your area of interest. If your ambition is to be trained as a makeup artist, make sure that the school you enroll in is accredited and respected for that program. If your dream is to start a beauty salon in Glendale AZ, then you want to enroll in a degree program that will teach you how to be an owner/operator. Picking a highly rated school with a weak program in the specialty you are pursuing will not provide the training you require.
Is Any Live Training Provided? Learning and perfecting makeup skills and techniques involves plenty of practice on volunteers. Check how much live, hands-on training is furnished in the Glendale AZ cosmetology courses you will be attending. A number of schools have salons on campus that enable students to practice their developing talents on real people. If a makeup academy provides limited or no scheduled live training, but instead relies heavily on using mannequins, it might not be the best option for developing your skills. So look for other schools that furnish this kind of training.
Does the School Provide Job Assistace? As soon as a student graduates from a makeup artist academy, it's crucial that he or she gets support in finding that initial job. Job placement programs are an integral part of that process. Schools that provide help maintain relationships with area businesses that are seeking trained graduates available for hiring. Confirm that the programs you are looking at have job placement programs and find out which Glendale AZ salons and establishments they refer students to. Additionally, find out what their job placement rates are. Higher rates not only verify that they have wide networks of employers, but that their programs are highly respected as well.
Is Financial Assistance Available? Almost all beauty schools offer financial aid or student loan assistance for their students. Find out if the Glendale AZ makeup schools you are considering have a financial aid office. Speak with a counselor and identify what student loans or grants you may qualify for. If the school belongs to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), it will have scholarships available to students as well. If a school satisfies each of your other qualifications with the exception of cost, do not drop it as an alternative before you determine what financial aid may be offered.