NEWARK – A total of 646 aspiring cosmetologists from across New Jersey will become fully licensed at the end of this month, each having completed approximately 1,000 hours of training and a rigorous, state-administered licensing exam, Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, announced Monday.
The individuals are currently eligible to work with temporary permits. Another 150 are scheduled for testing in July.
“Today is a very important day in the lives of these men and women, and an important day for New Jersey’s economy,” Calcagni said. “This week, more than 640 newly-licensed professionals are starting their careers. We hold all licensed professionals – cosmetologists, architects, pharmacists, and physicians – to the highest standards, both for the protection of consumers and as a way to build a strong marketplace. We challenge New Jersey’s professionals to be the best they can possibly be.”
The new cosmetologists will add their numbers to New Jersey’s current total of 70,000 cosmetologists and other professionals licensed by the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, which is part of the Division of Consumer Affairs. The new professionals graduated from 55 vocational schools statewide, where they completed their cosmetology training along with their academic education during the past two years. Different groups completed the practical portion of their state licensing exams on May 23 and May 24 at Burlington County Institute of Technology, and June 4 at Passaic County Technical Institute.
The students brought their own live models – usually friends or relatives – to the tests, and were called upon by examiners to cut, wave, straighten, blow-dry, curl, tweeze, shave, wax, and manicure their subjects during the rigidly-timed procedure.
The State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, within the Division of Consumer Affairs, last week and Monday pored over the results of the students’ practical and written exams, and licensing applications. The results are crucial to the decision as to whether a license will be granted or denied. All who passed the exams will receive their licenses upon graduation, according to Jay Malanga, Executive Director of the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.
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