Credentials of Hair Removal Professionals
All electrologists must be certified through an approved school of electrolysis, which frequently includes training in laser hair removal. In some states, that school certification is all that is necessary to be a licensed electrologist or laser technician, but over the last ten years, many states have made electrolysis and laser hair removal a much more regulated practice with an emphasis on its medical status.
For instance, Florida law requires all "electrologists to complete a 30-hour continuing education course approved by the department of health, be certified in the use of laser and light-based hair devices for the removal or reduction of hair by a national certification organization approved by the Electrolysis Council and the Board of Medicine, which is the Society of Clinical & Medical Hair Removal, Inc." They must also confirm that they are "using only the laser and light-based hair removal or reduction devices upon which they have been trained; and are operating under the direct supervision and responsibility of a physician properly trained in hair removal and licensed pursuant to the provisions ... of the Florida Statutes." And in Oregon, an electrologist "must adhere to certain state laws in order to maintain their license to practice. A Licensed Electrologist (LE) must complete a minimum 600 hours in a state approved school of electrolysis, and must pass both written and practical examinations administered by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency. An LE must also complete at least 15 continuing education hours or 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) every two years. A current license must be on display in the practitioner's office."
In contrast, Washington state only requires an electrologist to follow the Department of Health's Infection Control and Sterilization procedures without any licensing or continuing education necessary. However, Washington electrologists do have the opportunity to join the Washington State Electrologist's Association. An affiliate of the National Electrology Association, members can achieve International Board Certification, which require 75 hours of approved continuing education every five years for recertification.
Go to your state's government website to find out how well regulated your local hair removal professionals are. Go to www.USA.gov to quickly find your state's government website. Interviewing any professional hair removal technician you are considering using is always a great way to assure that you get exactly what you are looking for, professional permanent hair removal.