If you are a cosmetologist, nail technician, esthetician, or boutique owner in Ohio, then you most likely need to complete an Ohio infection control and safety course to renew your license in 2023. This course is required by the state of Ohio to ensure that all professionals who work with clients are up-to-date on the latest safety procedures and sanitation protocols.
In this article, we will discuss the details of our board-approved infection control and safety course, how to register for it, complete it, and get your hours quickly reported to CE Broker, so you can renew your license quickly and easily.
How many hours do I need in Infection Control and Safety?
3 Hours of Infection Control and Safety is required for the January 2023 renewal deadline.
With a few exceptions or exemptions, an Ohio Infection Control and Safety course is one of two courses needed to renew your license.
You are also required to complete 1 CE hour pertaining to Board Laws & Rules. Remember, that course is only available from the Board and is free on CE Broker. Here is a link to that course: Board Laws and Rules Course.
The rest of the CE hour requirements were waived again, due to COVID.
Can I complete the Ohio Infection Control and Safety course directly on CE Broker?
Yes! You can complete our course directly on CE Broker. Simply click on the below link:
Next, click on “Start Course”, and complete the course online. Once you have completed the course, your hours will be automatically reported to CE Broker and you can renew your license. It’s that easy!
What if I have multiple license types?
If you have multiple license types, you DO NOT need to complete the course for each license type since this is a stand-alone course and not in a package. For example, if you are a cosmetologist and an esthetician, you do not need to take the course twice for both licenses.
Here is a list of licenses our Ohio Infection Control and Safety Course is approved for 2023:
- Advanced Cosmetologists
- Cosmetology Instructors
- Advanced Manicurists
- Manicurist Instructors
- Advanced Estheticians
- Esthetics Instructors
- Natural Hair Stylists
- Advanced Natural Hair Stylists
- Natural Hair Stylist Instructors
- Hair Designers
- Advanced Hair Designers
- Hair Designer Instructors
- Boutique Licenses
Note: This course is not approved for any barber license types.
Is Cosmo Credit’s Ohio Infection Control and Safety course approved by the Ohio Cosmetology Board?
Yes, Cosmo Credits is an approved provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board of Cosmetology.
Cosmo Credit’s course approval number is 210336.
Our Ohio Approved Provider/CE Broker Tracking Number is 50-33798.
What will I learn in the Ohio Infection Control and Safety course?
In this course, you will learn about the importance of infection control and safety in the cosmetology industry. You will learn about the different types of infections, how to prevent them, and what to do if you or a client shows signs of an infectious condition. You will also learn about the latest safety procedures and protocols for cosmetologists, nail technicians, estheticians, and boutique owners.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Define cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
- Distinguish between disinfectants and antiseptics
- Discuss how to choose an appropriate disinfectant by the product label
- Define universal precautions
- Discuss how to sanitize hands and disinfect tools used in the practice of cosmetology
- Differentiate between bacterial, viral, and fungal, bloodborne pathogens and parasites, and infection and infestation control
Why is an Ohio Infection Control and Safety course so important?
There is a reason the board makes sure you complete this course every renewal. It is more important than learning a new way to cut hair, nail design, or skin care technique. Infection control and safety can be life or death in rare cases.
Here is a list of diseases or infections you or a client could get at a salon from hair, skincare, or nail services:
- Staph infections
- Herpes simplex virus
There are many more, these are just a few.
Plus, having a clean salon and using impeccable safety and sanitation practices is just good business.
What about the requirements for the 2025 renewal?
That is a ways off. However, I would expect we would see something similar to the 2019 renewal. It has been a long time since we have had a “normal renewal” since the 2021 renewal was also affected by COVID. In case you forgot what a normal renewal looks like, these were the courses required in 2019:
(1) A licensee shall complete continuing education in the following manner:
(a) An individual that holds a license to practice cosmetology or a branch of cosmetology, advanced license, or instructor license, or a barber or barber teacher license, shall complete the following hours of continuing education for each license held:
(i) One hour of continuing education concerning updates of Ohio laws or rules regulating the practice of the branches of cosmetology and/or barbering, as applicable;
(ii) One hour of continuing education on personal wellness, which may include, but is not limited to, courses on mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and crisis management;
(iii) Three hours of continuing education concerning safety and infection control; and
(iv) Three hours of continuing education concerning subject matter relating to the scope of services for each license held by the individual.
I am sure the Board will keep licensees apprised of any changes to the continuing education requirements for 2025 as they occur.
For now, focus on the 2023 renewal that will be here before we know it. Here is a checklist to help you get through the renewal process quickly and easily.
2023 Ohio Renewal Checklist
Step 1: Complete a board-approved 3 Hour Ohio Infection Control and Safety Course
- Course Link: Ohio Infection Control and Safety Course
- This course is $18
- Hours report immediately to your CE Broker account once you complete the course
Step 2: Complete a Laws and Rules of the Board Course
- Again, this is a free course that can only be taken on CE Broker from the Board
- Link to course: Board Laws and Rules Course
Step 3: Go to the Board/State website to pay your license renewal fee and complete the renewal form online
See you in 2025!
Have more questions about deadlines, exemptions, or fees? Check out this page on renewing your Ohio Cosmetology board license: Ohio Cosmetology Continuing Education