Many stylists offer color services. Many may hold certificates of completion from specific brands who offer educational opportunities. But what does it mean to be an American Board Certified Haircolorist?
The American Board has developed a set of criteria with the intent of establishing a consistency in the quality of services offered by their certified colorists. Those who are certified provide services of the highest of ethical standards with a consumer centric focus. So now the question becomes, how does one achieve certification?
Certification as an American Board Haircolorist requires passing a three-part examination. The written exam tests the haircolorist’s knowledge. The hands-on exam (performance portion) requires physical demonstration of their knowledge. Finally, the third portion of the exam poses specific problems/challenges for which they must provide solutions. Certification requires the passage of all three exams.
Not everyone passes the exam. In fact, The American Board notes that 50% of candidates failed when the exam was first issued. These days the goal is to ensure that no less than 70% of those who take the exam are able to achieve certification. To achieve this goal they have increased availability of study materials, to include an annual conference featuring key courses for competency. And those who do not pass the first time, may continue to study and retake the exam until they become proficient in their knowledge and align with the American Board’s standards.
I am proud to be able to offer my clients color services as a member of The American Board of Certified Haircolorists. It is an achievement that I continue to build on by continuing to attend the annual conference. This allows me to stay current with industry information and trends, having a direct line to many of the chemists who develop these national and international color lines. And it gives my clients the confidence that I am truly offering the highest quality of service.