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Old Mar 11th 2019, 6:28 am
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Hello all ,
my American husband and myself ( british) are going to be moving to Los Angeles in 6 weeks.
I am currently working as a hair stylist and have been for the last 15 years. I have an nvq level 2 qualification.
Ive recently discovered I will need a cosmetology license to work anywhere in America which will require years in a college.
is there anyway to transfer my credentials obtained in the uk ? Or any easier way to get the license ?
Thank you
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Isn't NVQ level 2 the equivalent of GCSE and so more akin to a US high school qualification, rather than college?
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Nvq is a college qualification not a Gcse
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Nvq is a college qualification not a Gcse
It's actually a vocational qualification, and I doubt there is any similar corresponding qualification in the US, although the real forum experts will be better placed to advise you.

My understanding has always been that level 2 is the equivalent of 3 GCSE's. Level 3 equates to a couple of A levels, level 4 to a diploma and level 5 to a university degree.
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Says you can do cosmetology certificate in 8 months: https://beautyschools.com/faq/long-w...tology-school/


A friend who works in the beauty industry (European) told me that she has to retrain every American trained person that works in her salon because they learn a bit of everything at cosmetology school but don't specialise. I've had some horrendous experience with hairdressers (and at $200 a pop you expect more) so I am sure you'll be able to get the certificate in no time and walk into a very good job - LA is a good place to be.
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Says you can do cosmetology certificate in 8 months: https://beautyschools.com/faq/long-w...tology-school/ ....
You are required to have a cosmetology license to be allowed to offer services to the public in most, if not all, US states.

As with other occupations, whether a plumber, electrician, or a doctor, or anywhere in between, your vocational qualifications are worthless in the US and don't lend themselves to be translated or evaluated for equivalency.
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You are required to have a cosmetology license to be allowed to offer services to the public in most, if not all, US states.

As with other occupations, whether a plumber, electrician, or a doctor, or anywhere in between, your vocational qualifications are worthless in the US and don't lend themselves to be translated or evaluated for equivalency.
Pulaski, just to be clear, Sherbert was responding to the OP. It's the OP, Rachelannbunce, that has the NVQ.
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NVQ Level 2 is GCSE, not UK college level. Level 3 is college level, Level 4 is degree equivalent.
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Pulaski, just to be clear, Sherbert was responding to the OP. It's the OP, Rachelannbunce, that has the NVQ.
Correct. I was filling in info about the essential need for a cosmetology license (which Sherbert had raised) - no license, no job.
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I'll add these nuggets.

There are tons of hairstylists here, sunshine and outdoor living, one in every strip mall, and there are strip malls on every...errr...strip. So lots of competition, but strip mall locations are plentiful and 'relatively' cheap locations to set up.
Many who are starting out 'rent' a station at an existing business to build their clientele. You can easily set up a website to advertise your services, sometimes through the site of the existing business.

When clients find a good stylist they generally have a high level of loyalty. Probably the same in the UK I imagine.
Dramatic hair coloring is big here. Also creative styling like shaved on one side and three feet long on the other.

Mrs H. $150 a time for her silver/green/purple hair. @ 60 minutes process. (And at least she's good eye candy...)

Also, you need to be a therapist.

(I wish I didn't know so much about this industry. Not good pub talk.)

Where are you going? Los Angeles is large and diverse.

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You know where you are going and when you are going, you have a route which is often unusual on here, I would contact the local regulatory authority and find out what you need to do to be licensed.

Second how things seem to work, most are renting a station in a Salon or working out of their home.
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If you are licensed in the UK, have your current employer complete this before you leave.

https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/forms...ions/osaae.pdf


https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/laws_regs/act_regs.pdf
910. Out-of-State or Armed Services Applicants

(a) An applicant who desires to establish eligibility for examination for a license in this state upon the basis of practice, study or training outside this state, or supplementary training in a licensed school in this state, or any combination thereof, shall furnish proof of his or her qualifications to the board as follows:

(1) An applicant who desires credit for practices in another state
or country shall file with the board, on the form prescribed by it (Form #03E-145, Affidavit of Experience-Form C, Rev1/91), an affidavit from a disinterested person verifying such practice, together with an authenticated statement from the licensing agency in the state or country where such practice took place showing that the applicant was licensed to engage in such practice, if a license was required therefor.

(2) An applicant who has completed any number of hours of study and training in a school in another state or country, and who desires credit for such hours toward study and training in this state, shall file with the board, on the form prescribed by it (Form #03B-144, Out-of-State Beauty School Training Record- Form B, Rev. 8/94), an authenticated statement from the school or
the training took place showing the number of hours of study and training completed in each subject and when such study and training occurred.

(3) An applicant who desires credit for supplementary training completed in a licensed school in this State shall file with the board an authenticated statement from such school showing the number of hours of such training successfully completed in each subject.

(b) An applicant for examination who is employed on a military reservation to practice any profession licensed under Chapter 10 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code must present an authenticated statement from the military reservation verifying the employment and may use the practice obtained to qualify for examination.

(c) An applicant for examination who has applicable education, training, or experience obtained in the United States armed services may submit his or her Verification of Military Experience and Training (V-Met) records to the Board for evaluation, and the Board may use those records to qualify the applicant for examination.

Note: Authority cited: Section 7312, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 35, 7321, 7321.5, 7324, 7326, 7330, 7331, and 7337, Business and Professions Code.

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I'll add these nuggets.


Mrs H. $150 a time for her silver/green/purple hair. @ 60 minutes process. (And at least she's good eye candy...)

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Not a nice tartan, then ......
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Hey...you've given me an idea!
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When clients find a good stylist they generally have a high level of loyalty. Probably the same in the UK I imagine.
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I'm a crusty old geezer and get my hair cut in 10-15 minutes, but I've been going to the same woman for about 15 years. Before that, I was with another lady for about 15 years until she retired, and drove 50 miles to see her. Once I find someone I like, I go back to them and hate dealing with new people! So yes, loyalty is a characteristic of this industry it seems!
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