National Cosmetology Association
The professional organization for licensed cosmetologists in the United States is the National Cosmetology Association, or NCA.
NCA also promotes professionalism in the salon and a positive image among consumers through legislative leadership. According to the NCA website, some of the legal issues supported by the organization include ongoing requirements for licensure of all salon professionals; various state regulations that promote salon safety and sanitation; fair and reasonable taxation of salons and individual cosmetologists; requirements for mandatory continuing education for re-licensure of cosmetologists; and the provision to utilize funding from license revenue to support salon inspections and the enforcement of state regulations.
Cosmetologists who are serious about their career and keeping their skills sharp and up to date take advantage of as many opportunities for continuing education as they can.
The most popular (and entertaining) way in which cosmetologists find out about new products and trends within their industry is by attending a hair show. These events, which are often sponsored by wholesale beauty suppliers, usually feature a trade show which showcases new products as well as educational sessions in which platform artists demonstrate new techniques and products. These events are hosted locally, nationally, and even internationally.
For cosmetologists who prefer to continue their education on their computers, online educational services such as www.modernsalonlearning.com make continuing education extremely convenient. Because most states now require a minimum number of continuing education hours for cosmetology license renewal, online education is becoming more and more popular for busy cosmetologists who don't want to take time away from their clients to attend a show or seminar.