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On July 17th, the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology rescinded it's prior May 1st order restricting schools from offering 600 hour aesthetics programs in Massachusetts. The reasons for why the order was originally created are still not entirely clear. However the most consistent information was that it was due to some schools not informing students that they could take the exam once they completed 300 hours as well as not having curricula that prepared students for the exam by 300 hours. The issue of whether there are still schools that are engaged in these practices is not clear so future students will want to make sure that the aesthetics program they choose will in fact allow them to take the exam at 300 hours and that they will be ready for the exam at that point. The reasons for allowing the schools to teach 600 hour aesthetic programs are that the surrounding states, as well as most states in the country, require 600 hours of aesthetics training. Many students that might want to work in resorts or spas in New Hampshire, Maine or Rhode Island all would be required to either take additional aesthetics training before they could get a license or study out of state so they could get 600 hours of training and have it covered by financial aid. Of course, this change is great news for both students and spa owners in Massachusetts. Most spa owners that we have talked to always prefer to hire people with more training so they are ready to go and can do more high end services starting on day one. Most spa owners were unaware that the state had restricted the training to 300 hours and were very concerned about the decision by the Cosmetology Board. The Massachusetts aesthetics license requirement continues to be under review by the board of cosmetology with the intent of changing the regulations in the future. All spa and salon owners and managers are encouraged to get involved with sending feedback to the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology telling them what would be best for their business. To contact the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology about the aesthetics licensing requirements contact:
Cosmetologists and Aestheticians : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 617-727-9940  
The 600 Hour Aesthetics Program that focuses on natural skincare at Spa Tech Institute is designed to exceed the requirements of the board and is a spa and wellness oriented program geared towards giving the students the most skills in the shortest time. The following statement from one of our recent graduates says it best.  
Kris Stecker,
President Spa Tech Institute Schools of Massage, Polarity, Cosmetology and Aesthetics

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