Why is it Important to Choose Accredited Beauty Schools?
Making the decision to enroll in beauty school can be an incredibly exciting event. It can be so exciting, in fact, that it can be easy to enroll in a program quickly without evaluating all of your options. In doing so, however, you may miss a very important factor: the school’s accreditation status.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process that beauty schools voluntarily submit to which ensures they meet the educational standards of an independent accrediting board. These boards are typically made up of industry experts, including faculty members at other accredited beauty schools. Throughout the process, they look at factors such as:
- The school’s mission
- Requirements for admission
- Educational quality
- Faculty reputation
- Student services
- Professionalism of the training facility
Once a school is accredited, they will need to reapply periodically to ensure they continue to meet the board’s standards of excellence.
Depending on the school, either a single program or the entire institution may be accredited. At Jolie Academy, for example, all of our beauty schools are nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). Regional accrediting bodies also exist.
When checking a school’s accreditation status, it’s important to investigate the reputation of the accrediting body to ensure it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Why Accreditation Matters
By going through the rigorous accreditation process, accredited beauty schools are proving to their students, faculty members and community that they are serious about providing students with the best possible training; and while simply attending one of the accredited beauty schools won’t guarantee your success after graduation, it will ensure that you have access to the tools, resources and training necessary to do so.
It’s also important if you ever need to transfer credits or want to re-enroll in school to pursue a cosmetology instructor license, for example.