Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Indiana requires our students to be 18 years of age when they graduate. It’s the diplomas or G.E.D.s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Melanie in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!


Covid-19 Update 6-1-20

Dear Valued Guests,

We have opened up our student schedules for limited appointments.  They will only be servicing 2 guests per day so please make your appointments now. We are only seeing guests by appointment so no walk-ins at this time.  We ask that you wear a face covering whenever possible and we are continuing to practice social distancing when possible and all of the sanitation requirements that we have always been practicing per our state laws.

Thank you for your patience and continued support for our students and their education.

Robin Halter-Director/Owner


Employment Opportunities: Jobs in the beauty industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers 

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

 What can you do with a cosmetology career?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like Redken, L’Oréal, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today! Book your virtual tour with Melanie in admissions: 812-436-1306

Covid-19 Update 4-29-20

Dear Students, Staff and Guests,

We are waiting for the updated executive orders from our Governor (Indiana) to determine an opening date.  When the executive orders allow for us to open, we will first bring our students into the building with strict distancing guidelines and a strict sanitation regimen. We will NOT be taking Guests Services for at a minimum of one week after opening to our students. We will need time to acclimate to our new way of conducting business. We are in the process of setting up our Academy with extra precautionary measures which will include dividers between our stations in the Salon Training Area along with rearranging our classrooms to allow for distance between students and we have enhanced our already rigorous sanitation measures.

We will be conducting temperature check with an infrared thermometer at point of entry into the building for everyone.  Anyone with a temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed entrance into the building.

Everyone entering our building will be need to be screened with these questions and may be asked to leave based off of the answers.

  • Do you have  fever, shortness of breath or a cough?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • Have you come into contact with any known Covid-19 positive case within the last 14 days?

We are thankful for all of our students and staff that have participated in our Temporary Distance Learning and we appreciate everyone’s patience and support during these unprecedented time.  We will be so relieved and excited to get everyone back in the building to continue on with our amazing education!  We’ve missed you!!! Stay safe!


Robin Halter



Access to Online Education: Are Online Cosmetology & Beauty Schools a Better Way to Go?

Stuck at Home? Start a New Cosmetology Career!

In an uncertain world, you can still take steps toward your future no matter where you are today! Start your cosmetology career online and get a head start on a new career from the comfort and safety of your own home!

TSPA knows that students want the best education they can get. That’s why TSPA now offers temporary online cosmetology and beauty school certificates and licenses.

What are the benefits of TSPA’s online cosmetology and beauty school programs?

  • Start any time. New classes start regularly, so there’s no need to wait!
  • Accessibility: All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to start your training!
  • Variety: You can learn techniques in many areas, including cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, business management, and marketing.
  • Financial Aid or Financial Assistance: Online students may qualify for all kinds of scholarships, grants, and loans. More financial resources may be available during this time.
  • Program support: Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Our modern style education appeals to all styles of learning. TSPA knows that there are no limits to what you can do and is now providing temporary online cosmetology programs* to help you achieve your goals no matter where you are! If you’re looking for a cosmetology school that is best for your style of learning, book your virtual tour with our admissions counselors to put your future into motion.

Tips For Taking Online Beauty School Classes

Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you launch your online classes –

Tips For Online Learning:

  1.  Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
  2. Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences. 
  3. Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of  TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now. 

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Melanie in admissions is just a call (812-436-1306) or email away from your future.



A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!


The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School From Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Melanie in admissions: 812-436-1306

trade schools desire graduates immediately

Covid-19 Info

Dear Students, Parents, Guests, Staff and Visitors,

Under the directive of Indiana Governor Holcomb, we are temporarily closed the the public for guest services and Academy tours until further notice.  We are however, conducting online distance learning with our students starting March 30, 2020.  We are also conducting virtual tours and virtual enrollments.  Please visit our facebook page, tspaevansville, or ig, @tspaevansville, for latest information and updates.


Knowledge is Power! New Law in California. Stay informed!

TSPA Student Life

Things to come……..Knowledge is power!

New Booth Rental Law in
California. Are you compliant?
In California, the ability to have booth renters in your spa or salon is getting more difficult. With the implementation of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the definition of “Booth Renter” has become much more specific. AB 5 applies to all businesses in all industries; however, it contains specific elements that relate only to salons. If booth renters do not meet the required criteria, spa and salon owners are at risk of steep fines for employee misclassification these workers.
Although AB 5 is in California, there is a good chance that other states will adopt these standards. Independent Contractors (IC) fall under this as well. Many of these are like the IRS’s definition of an IC . Here is a link to the IRS definition; What are some of the rules for being an IC?
IC’s must obtain their own, separate local and state business license
An IC must have their own professional licenses and permits required of their specific practice or profession.
IC’s must have “the ability to set or negotiate their own rates for the services performed”
They must be able to set their own work hours.
IC’s can perform the “same type of work” and contract with other businesses.
But, in addition to the definition of and IC, AB5 goes further and more clearly defines what a valid “Booth Renter” is.
The Booth Renter must set their own rates.
Booth Renters must be paid directly by clients.
They must process their own payments
Booth Renters must set their own hours of work.
They have sole discretion to decide the number of clients they will see.
They have sole discretion over which clients they will perform services for.
Booth Renters must schedule their own appointments.
Booth Renters provide the spa or salon owner a Form 1099
So, be diligent. In order to maintain IC’s and booth renters in your business, make sure that you (and they) follow the rules and meet the criteria. If not, you be fined. The IRS will be eager to come after you as well. Employee misclassification is a big deal. The IRS will look to assess penalties and interest on what they consider delinquent payroll if it is deemed that your IC’s and Booth Renters should have been classified as employees.
As always, we’re around to help. The first call is always free.
Be well,
Monte Zwang
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