Cosmetology apprenticeships are covered by South Dakota Codified Law and the South Dakota Administrative Rules (Laws 36-15-42 through 50; Rules 26:14:07). There are several required steps before an apprenticeship is approved by the Commission and allowed to start.
Read the following four detailed lists of requirements. All are in Adobe .pdf format*.
If you decide to proceed with an apprenticeship, complete the checklist (in Adobe .pdf format*). This checklist must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director before an interview can be scheduled.
Ask for an interview with the supervising inspector and a commissioner. A staff member will schedule a date and time for the interview. It is important that all parties understand their responsibilities. The inspector and commissioner will review the laws, rules and policies with everyone involved. They will also review all lesson plans that must be ready before the start of the apprenticeship.
The person(s) who will be the instructor(s) must apply for the instructor license using the Instructor License Application Form (available on our Forms page) available and comply with the educational requirements.
We will send you a letter containing the decision whether to approve the apprenticeship. If approved, you will receive an Apprenticeship Application (available on our Forms page) that need to be completed and returned to the office with the appropriate fees.
The appropriate licenses will be sent to you with a formal letter stating the assigned start date and estimated end date of the apprenticeship. After all applications and fees are submitted and processed, a letter with the official start date and official ending date is sent to all participants. The apprenticeship cannot start until this letter and license(s) are received by the participants. There is a three-month probation period.
When the apprenticeship is complete, you must complete the Apprentice Training Record (in Adobe .pdf format*) and submit an Exam and Temporary License Application Form (available from our Forms page). The apprentice must take the state boards, which consist of theory, practical and state laws examinations.
Please refer to the laws and rules booklet for the complete wording of the laws and rules. If you have any questions regarding the above information, please feel free to call us at 605.773.6193.
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Pierre, SD 57501-2291