Tennessee Cosmetology/Barber Apprenticeship Program

Jason Smith -

The Tennessee cosmetology apprenticeship program became effective December 1, 2015 and the barber apprenticeship program will become effective June 7, 2017.  It is optional for schools to participate. The new rules will require a student to initially be enrolled as an apprentice student, first complete 750 classroom hours, pass the theory exam, then engage in apprenticeship with a pre-approved (with the school) salon/mentor who will log and report hours and student progress to the school.  You cannot enroll as a traditional student and then transfer to the apprentice program.  The mentor must have been licensed for a minimum of 10 years and be in good standing. The apprenticeship program works as a one-on-one relationship. The mentor, or supervising professional (as stated in the Rule) can only take on one student at a time. The shop must post a sign that apprentice students practice in the shop (at least 8X10) but it is not limited to the number of apprentices, only that each one is under one “supervising professional”. Last but not least, the student must have their own work space. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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