I oppose the amendment to S1114, lowering skin care specialist training hours
I oppose the amendment to S1114 lowering skin care specialist hours to 165. This bill does not increase access to employment and can put client’s safety at risk. Florida has lower required training hours than the rest of the united states which restricts licensee mobility and puts skin care specialists (estheticians) trained in Florida at a disadvantage in a competitive market.
Lower hours of training will:
Put clients at risk. We are in close contact with consumers and use modalities that can cause harm if done improperly. Staph infection from a poorly performed waxing procedure is an example.
Put me at risk. I am exposed to multiple chemicals in various work environments that require proper procedure training to keep myself and my client safe.
Does not provide adequate time for a skin care specialist (esthetician) to learn skills required in this profession. These skills include superficial chemical peels, hair removal, facial massage, use of beauty devices and products.
Reduces the ability to gain employment. Less training does not allow adequate time to learn the skills employers demand. Florida has one of the largest spa markets in the world and they often hire nationally or internationally trained estheticians who can claim to have superior skills.
Improve access to this profession. Our areas of study are not a barrier to employment instead are necessary for performing the required job tasks. In fact, already it is tough for a school to get accreditation for an esthetics program which limits access to federal funds to complete a pre-licensing program.
Please, do not vote for S1114 without removing the section relating to the lowering of skin specialist hours.