PA 17-152—SB 548

Labor and Public Employees Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING HAIRDRESSERS AND COSMETICIANS

SUMMARY: This act creates an apprenticeship path to obtaining a hairdresser and cosmetician license. Under the act, a person may be licensed if he or she has (1) completed eighth grade, (2) completed a Labor Department-approved apprenticeship in accordance with the state's apprenticeship law (see BACKGROUND), and (3) passed a written exam approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Alternatively, under existing law, unchanged by the act, a person may be licensed if he or she has (1) completed ninth grade, (2) completed at least 1,500 hours of study in an approved hairdressing and cosmetology school, and (3) passed the DPH-approved exam.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Apprenticeship Programs

By law, an approved apprenticeship program must require:

1. each apprentice to work at and learn a specific trade under a written agreement with an employer or an employer-employee joint apprenticeship committee;

2. the agreement to provide for at least 2,000 hours of work in approved trade training consistent with the industry or joint labor-industry standards, plus supplemental hours of related instruction; and

3. participating employers and apprentices to annually register with the Labor Department.

Related regulations also establish work training standards, policies, and procedures for employer apprenticeship programs (Conn. Agencies Regs., 31-51d-1 to -12).