Unlike licensure, which is required of all operational cosmetology schools in New Jersey, accreditation is an optional process that many – but not all – beauty schools choose to participate in. This process ensures that each school provides students with the highest levels of educational quality through a stringent review of a school’s mission, facilities, curriculum, educators and student services.
The primary accrediting agency for cosmetology schools in the United States is the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). This agency is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reputable accreditor of both postsecondary schools and cosmetology departments.
Searching for Accredited Cosmetology Schools
Although accreditation isn’t the only factor to consider when selecting a cosmetology school, it should be one of the first things you look for. In fact, you can get a list of all accredited cosmetology schools in New Jersey by utilizing the “Accredited School Search” feature right on the NACCAS website. One cosmetology school you’ll find on the list is our Jolie Academy campus in Northfield, New Jersey. In fact, every Jolie Academy location is fully accredited by the NACCAS.
By narrowing down your search list to accredited cosmetology schools, you can be certain you’re enrolling in a school that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state. Other factors to consider when selecting a school include:
- Available programs
- The presence of an in-school salon
- Flexible class schedules
- Small class sizes
- Student morale
- Graduation and job placement rates
- Instructor support
You’ll get the answers to the above questions by scheduling a visit with the schools you’re interested in attending. Some schools, such as Jolie Academy, also provide prospective students with the opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon at the school. Through this job shadow program, they’re able to sit in on classes and get a better feel for the overall atmosphere of the school.
Accredited Cosmetology Schools in New Jersey