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Becoming Involved in Licensure and the State Board
By: Christine Heathman
Posted: June 27, 2014, from the July 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
On April 18, 2001, Utah House Bill 105 (HB 105), sponsored by Representative Sheryl L. Allen and signed into law by Governor Michael O. Leavitt, officially established the first master esthetics license in the United States. Since the passage of this act, the states of Virginia and Washington have followed, with California very close to doing the same.
This significant licensing act did not happen due to a passive demeanor. It required dedicated involvement. Members of the Utah Beauty Association and I functioned as guiding forces in the interest of the Esthetician’s Act for the state of Utah to ensure this license would pass into law.
Despite overwhelming odds, those involved carried out their due diligence and were persistent in contacting state legislators; emphasizing the importance of licensing for consumer protection; organizing with the Utah Medical Association legal team; hiring respected and experienced lobbyists; and working closely with Representative Allen to sponsor the bill. Hundreds rallied to demonstrate at Utah’s Capitol Rotunda to express support for esthetic licensure, and made sure the news media was aware of the agenda.
In addition to my principal actions and hard work in the passage of the bill, I also served on the Esthetician’s Act task force to establish safety guidelines for Utah’s master esthetics license and have been involved in contributing essential test questions.
Getting engaged with licensure and the board is integral in order to change old, outdated laws established decades ago for estheticians. Today, so many states are starting to revolutionize their antiquated practices to move forward and raise the bar for the profession of esthetics. Make no mistake: It requires dedicated estheticians getting involved with licensure and the state board. Do you have the passion and ability to become involved at your state level to upgrade and protect laws for esthetics?