Washington State Apprenticeship Salon Shop Notice to Consumers


Washington State certified apprenticeship salons are required to inform consumers that apprentices are in training and are not licensed estheticians.

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Who must post the Washington State Apprenticeship Salon Shop Notice to Consumers?

Under Washington State law (RCW 18.16.180), state-approved apprenticeship salon shops must post a notice to consumers in the reception area of the salon/shop to inform consumers that apprentices are engaged in training and have not met the requirements for state licensure.

“Salon/shop” means any building, structure, or any part thereof, other than a school, where the commercial practice of cosmetology, barbering, hair design, esthetics, master esthetics, or manicuring is conducted. This includes individuals leasing space and owners of salons or shops where services are performed.

Why is the Notice to Consumers important?

The practices of cosmetology, hair design, barbering, manicuring, and esthetics involve the use of tools and chemicals which may be dangerous when mixed or applied improperly. To protect public health, safety, and welfare, estheticians, salons, schools and training programs are regulated by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), the Department of Licensing, and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC). The Notice to Consumers assures the public that the apprentice salon shop is qualified to provide training meeting industry standards for on-the-job learning, competency, and health and safety in performance of the services.

What information are Washington State licensed salons required to post in reception areas?

  • Apprenticeship Salon Shop Notice to Consumers (WAC 308-20-555) – Must be posted by apprenticeship shops certified by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.
  • Department of Licensing Notice to Consumers (RCW 18.16.030) – Must be posted by all licensed salon shops.
  • Original salon shop license (WAC 306-20-550) – Must be posted by every licensed salon shop.
  • Original instructor licenses (WAC 306-20-550) – If applicable.
  • The most current inspection form (WAC 306-20-550) – Must be posted by all licensed salon shops.
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