All our Classes are State Board Approved and verified by The University of South Carolina and you will receive a certificate from USC documenting your CEU hours.

COMMON QUESTIONS

When will my hours show up on the LLR website?

Once completed registration and completion of courses, providers have up to 10 business days to submit your hours to USC for processing.

USC has up to 5 business days to process your hours. Hours are then uploaded to LLR by USC after processing. You will receive a certificate in the mail for this class – just like the in-person classes.

Be sure to hold on to your certificate as proof of your completion! USC charges for replacement certificates.

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

AOPCES class must be completed within 14 days of registration, however, you may log in and out during that 14-day period. You do not have to complete class all at one sitting.

Can I take all 4 hours online?

Yes – one four-hour course, online or in person, will meet the requirements for your South Carolina 2023 renewal.

QUESTIONS

Technical Assistance after enrollment/Enrollment Issues: support@aopces.com

SC State SC Board of Cosmetology 803.896.4588

If you register for this class erroneously, we are happy to provide a refund of $85.

A $10 administrative fee will be held for processing.

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35–24. Continuing Education Programs.

(A) Continuing education programs shall meet the criteria established by the board in conjunction with the University of South Carolina. Only continuing education programs approved by the board will be accepted toward meeting license renewal requirements.

(1) The continuing education course shall meet the following criteria for approval:

(a) All education must be generic in nature. All courses must have content sufficient to meet the required number of contact hours for instruction.

(b) All education shall be conducted and monitored by a board approved organization or association. For in-person courses, sponsors must monitor the signing in and out of participants to assure the presence of participants for the required contact hours.

(c) All organizations or associations desiring to sponsor continuing education shall present to the board prior to October 1 of each year a course outline which shall include but may not be limited to the following:

(i) Instructors Name(s) and summary of qualifications

(ii) Course outline including lesson plans

(iii) User and administrative log-in information for online courses

(iv) List of monitors (2) Approval of a course is valid for the term of the licensing period in which it was approved, until December 31 of the year preceding the year in which the licensing period ends, or as otherwise determined by the Board; however, the Board may require the provider, during the approved period, to revise a program to update or correct the course material. The provider must timely resubmit the course for board review if it wishes to again provide the course for continuing education credit.

(B) Verification. Each licensee for renewal shall maintain evidence of having earned the required number of hours of continuing education for a period of four years. These records are subject to audit by the board and the licensee may be disciplined for failure to maintain them.

(C) Program Format, Time Frame, and Space for In-Person Courses.

(1) The program shall not include breaks and lunch periods in the calculation of credit for time attended.

(2) The program shall be completely generic. No mention, promotion or selling of products can take place.

(3) If the program for any reason is late starting, the ending time shall be extended accordingly.

(4) There shall be no early dismissals except for emergencies.

(5) Adequate space shall be provided so that each attendee shall be able to see and hear all segments of the program.

(6) Chairs shall be provided.

(7) Smoking shall be curtailed while the program is ongoing. Smoking shall take place only during breaks and lunch periods or only in designated areas.

(8) All participants in the CE programs shall provide two forms of identification any time they enter the education area, one of which must be a government-issued photographic identification and one of which must be a copy of the participant’s board-issued license.

(D) Program Format for Online Courses.

(1) The program shall be completely generic. No mention, promotion or selling of products can take place.

(2) Prior to beginning instruction, all participants in the program shall provide two forms of identification, one of which must be a government-issued photographic identification and one of which must be a copy of the participant’s board issued license. This identification shall be required to be resubmitted at least once during the course.

(E) Instructors and Monitors of Continuing Education.

(1) Instructors shall be licensed Instructors, Hair Fashion Committee Members or Hair Designer Guild Members, except that board-approved Methods of Teaching instructors may teach Instructor continuing education. Any deviation from this list must receive approval by the board. Licensees of this board who participate in teaching a continuing education program with instructors who do not meet these qualifications may be disciplined by the board for aiding the unlicensed practice of cosmetology.

(a) Instructors shall not receive CE credit for any continuing education program they teach.

(2) For In-Person courses:

(a) A monitor shall be on duty at all times while the program is ongoing; and

(b) Monitors shall see that all attendees sign a check in and check out sheet; and

(c) It shall be the duty of the monitor to see that order is maintained at all times and that the verification of attendance forms is completed and signed at the end of the program.

(3) For Online courses, the monitor shall verify that the course has been fully completed by the participant.

(F) The board must approve an organization or association to provide continuing education that qualifies to meet renewal and reinstatement requirements. The board may withdraw approval for an organization or association that fails to comply with the board’s statutes and regulations regarding continuing education.

(G) Verification Forms and Electronic Verification Templates. Providers must timely submit to the University of South Carolina in an approved format, verification of a participant’s attendance on forms or on an electronic template approved by the board and the University of South Carolina. For in person courses, all participants and providers shall complete and submit an attendance verification form, which shall not be passed out or completed until the program is over. For online classes, providers shall complete and submit an electronic verification template after the participant has completed the course in full.

(1) The monitor is responsible for ensuring that the attendance verification information submitted on the form or on the template includes the participant’s full name, license number, and license type as it is all shown on the participant’s board-issued license.

(2) Each sponsoring organization or association shall mail the verification forms for in-person classes and email the electronic verification template for online classes to the University of South Carolina, along with the required registration fee set by the University of South Carolina.

(3) The forms and electronic verification templates shall be kept on record with the University of South Carolina for four years as verification that the participants have met the continuing education requirements.

(4) All participants shall receive from the University of South Carolina a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Certificate proving verification.

(5) The verification forms or electronic verification template can be obtained by the organizations or associations from the University of South Carolina at least two (2) weeks prior to the start date of the course.

(H) Certificating Agent. The University of South Carolina will serve as the certificating agent for all providers by providing University of South Carolina Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Certificates for participants when the following conditions are met:

(1) The course submitted by any of the course providers must be fully approved by the board.

(2) A complete copy of all participants’ verification forms and electronic verification templates must be forwarded to the University of South Carolina before the certificating process can begin. Certificates will be mailed to participants.

(3) The certificating costs shall include:

(a) a University of South Carolina (CEU) Certificate for participant; and

(b) a complete list of course participants forwarded to the sponsoring organization or association; and

(c) a complete list of course participants and their board-issued license numbers forwarded to LLR; and

(d) Permanent transcripts developed and maintained on each participant by the University of SouthCarolina. Retrieval of transcripts by participants will be subject to the policies of the University of South Carolina.

(I) Board to Observe Program. The board or its designated agents may observe any continuing education program at any time.

HISTORY:  Added in State Register Vol. 9, Issue 6, eff June 28, 1985.  Amended in State Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff May 22, 1987;  State Register Volume 21, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 27, 1997;  State Register Volume 23, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 1999;  State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010;  SCSR 44–6 Doc. No. 4921, eff June 26, 2020.

Q: How long will it take to receive my certificate from the University of South Carolina?

A: -You can expect the certificate to arrive in the mail within 3-4 weeks. You will need to keep the certificate in a safe place for no less than 4 years.

Q: Do I have to complete all of my continuing education in one session?

A:  -No. You will have the convenience of coming back as many times as you need to complete your courses.

Q: How many hours of continuing education am I required?

A:  -You must complete a total of 12 hours of continuing education during your 2-year license period, 6 of which can be completed online.

Q: When is the deadline to have my continuing education completed?

A:  -You are required to renew your license as an RC, NT, ES, IRC, INT, or IES in South Carolina on or before 11:59 p.m. March 10th of every odd-numbered year, to continue providing cosmetology and related services in this state.

 

Please note the current licensing period began March 11, 2017 and ends March 10, 2019. If this is your first licensing period, you are not required to complete continuing education. If this is not your first licensing period, you must complete 12 hours of approved South Carolina Board of Cosmetology continuing education classes before renewing your license.

 

Can I complete all of my required hours online? -NO, but you CAN complete half of your required education online. You must attend a physical State Board approved continuing education class.

 

 -INSTRUCTORS!!! (We Currently Do Not Offer Instructor Classes)”.

 

What am I required to do after I take online courses?

   -We will have a certificate mailed to you from the University of South Carolina. You can expect the certificate to arrive in the mail within 3-4 weeks. You will need to keep the certificate in a safe place for no less than 4 years.

 

**State Board requires that you complete ALL 6 of your required hours with the same online provider.

North Carolina-

Do I have to complete all of my continuing education in one session?

   -No. You will have the convenience of coming back as many times as you need to complete your courses.

How many hours of continuing education am I required?

   -You must complete a total of 24 hours of continuing education during your 3-year license period.

   -INSTRUCTORS licenses are 2-year periods, and therefore 16 hours are required.

When is the deadline to have my continuing education completed?

   -You must complete your required education before the expiration of your license.

Can I complete all of my required hours online?

   -Yes. You will be so happy that you chose us!

What am I required to do after I take online courses?

   -We will have a certificate mailed to you from the University of South Carolina. You will need to keep the certificate in a safe place for proof of course completion and provide a copy of your license renewal packet.

What is the minimum number of hours I can complete on this website?

   -A certificate of completion will be mailed after every 6 hours completed.

Georgia-

Do I have to complete all of my continuing education in one session?

   -No. You will have the convenience of coming back as many times as you need to complete your courses.

How many hours of continuing education am I required?

   -You must complete a total of 5 hours of continuing education during your 2-year license period.

   -INSTRUCTORS are required to complete 15 hours.

When is the deadline to have my continuing education completed?

   -You must complete your required education before the expiration of your license.

Can I complete all of my required hours online?

   -Yes. You will be so happy that you chose us!

What am I required to do after I take online courses?

   -We will have a certificate mailed to you from the University of South Carolina. You will need to keep the certificate in a safe place for proof of course completion in case of an audit by the Board.

Washington, D.C.-

Do I have to complete all of my continuing education in one session?

  -No. You will have the convenience of coming back as many times as you need to complete your courses.

How many hours of continuing education am I required?

   -You must complete a total of 6 hours of continuing education during your license period.

When is the deadline to have my continuing education completed?

   -You must complete your required education before the expiration of your license.

Can I complete all of my required hours online?

   -Yes. You will be so happy that you chose us!

What am I required to do after I take online courses?

   -We will have a certificate mailed to you from the University of South Carolina. You will need to keep the certificate in a safe place for proof of course completion in case of an audit by the Board.

What if my license has expired?

   -You have 60 days after your license expires to complete your CEU. However, you will have to pay the required late fee assessed by the Board. After 60 days, you may be required to apply for reinstatement of your license.