Keep CA State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology open so graduates can obtain their licenses

Keep CA State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology open so graduates can obtain their licenses

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Larry Merchant started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

     As a recent graduate of the Cosmetology program at Butte College in Chico, CA, I attended school full-time, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 11 months. I, along with my classmates and thousands of others across the State of California, became eligible to take the licensing exams at California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology on or around Sept. 25th, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic in which multiple stay-at-home orders were enacted, the State Board was closed preventing us from taking our licensing exams. Without a Cosmetology license, we are not legally able to perform and get paid for the services we invested our time, money, and efforts into forging careers for ourselves. 

     Cosmetology is a profession that requires traditional classroom learning in addition to hands-on training on a school's clinic floor servicing clients. It is a rigorous curriculum that includes infection control, client safety, anatomy, electricity, and chemistry amongst other topics. In California, a Cosmetology student must reach 1600 hours, complete varying amounts of skilled technical operations (chemical services, haircutting, manicures & pedicures, etc.), in addition to daily infection control requirements to obtain a Certificate of Acheivement in Cosmetology. Once these requirements are satisfied, a student is then eligible to take a written & practical exam at the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology. The examinations are rooted in infection control & and client protection.

     At the test sites mask wearing and social distancing rules are strictly enforced. Temperatures are taken upon entrance into all examinations. They are performed on mannequins, not live models, to ensure that we are able to demonstrate that we can practice Cosmetology under the guidelines and rules set forth by the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology. I believe that with these protocols in place, the exams can be conducted safely and there is no risk of transmission of COVID-19 amongst candidates taking their exams or the proctors who oversee them.

     The few times the stay-at-home orders were lifted, testing was resumed, and there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 as a result. The California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology is fully capable of operating safely during these shutdowns, and the ability to allow candidates to successfully obtain our licenses.

     Once a student has 1600 hours while in school, an examination application is submitted, and a test date is generally given to candidates 1-5 weeks later. This time frame is optimal; the sooner a student takes the exams, the more knowledge is retained and skills practiced can be put into play to successfully pass the exams. The more time between completion of a Cosmetology program in school and a student taking their State Board exams, the higher the likelihood the candidate will not pass and they will not be issued a Cosmetology license.

     Cosmetology is a curriculum based upon learning foundational methods that are then immediately put to use to preserve retention and foster continued growth & ongoing improvement in students while in school and throughout their careers. First, and foremost, infection control is the start of any and everything that we do. This was true pre-pandemic and even more so now. Because of the nature of a Cosmetologist's work, we follow the same rules and procedures hospitals and other care facilities practice to be protect patients. The measures and precautions Cosmetologists must take to ensure client safety far exceed what restaurants and stores have been required to do. Yet salons and barbershops were required to close and students, like myself and countless others, are unable to get their licenses.

     I, along with thousnds of other eligible students, have had three different test dates cancelled due to government shut downs. State Board has the ability to allow us to safely take our examinations and issue us licenses so that the time, efforts, sacrifices, and money we invested in ourselves and our futures are not wasted; so that we can continue to protect our clients and work safely when the economy is reopened. The result is thousands of people will be able to join the work force and the burden on California's already strained government resources is reduced. 

    Please sign this petition so that Governor Newsome understands that it is imperative that the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology continues to conduct examinations and mandates the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology remain open to allow candidates to take our examinations and obtain our licenses. We have been treated unfairly and unjustly; this has to end now. Not only for all of us eligible candidates who have been and are still waiting to take our examinations, but for the countless numbers of aspiring Cosmetologists that will follow us. 

    Governor Newsome, keep the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology open to bolster California's economy, reduce the burden on California's resources, allow qualified candidates to obtain their licenses, and prove to us that we matter to you too. Thank you.

 

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