Answers to FAQ's for Illinois In-Salon CE

  • Available throughout Illinois

  • Sate board approved CE

  • Choose from several classes for Cosmetologists, Estheticians and Nail Techs

In Salon CE

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How do I schedule a class at my salon?

The process is pretty simple. The first step is to contact us at 608-235-2622 or via email by clicking here. After that, we will answer any questions you may have and help you schedule your class.

Will you really travel to my salon?

Yes, we will travel almost anywhere in IL and WI.  You also get to select the class date and time.

How far in advance should I book my class?

We have had many groups book their class over a year in advance to make sure they got the date they wanted. Others have booked their class as little as two weeks ahead of time. The earlier you book, the more choices of dates you will have.  If you are looking for a Sunday or Monday class, or a particular time of year you should probably think about booking your class far in advance.

Who will teach my class?

Your class will be led by Kristin Allison. She is a fun, high energy, and experienced educator who has established herself as one of the most dynamic presenters in the business. Kristin has provided advanced education for over 15,000 people, has owned several successful cosmetology businesses, and is highly regarded as an expert in many areas of the cosmetology industry, including haircolor, salon business methods, and more.  After someone attends one of her classes, we commonly hear things like: “You made if fun!”, “The instructor Rocked! Great Class!”, “We love her!”, “The best educator I have seen”, “The presentation had great energy!”, “The educator was amazing!!!”,“ and other similarly positive feedback.

Will this class be accepted by the state of Illinois?

Yes, attendees will receive the total number of CE hours in your package, and these hours will count towards your CE license renewal requirements. If you would like everyone in your group to earn Illinois CE hours, you have to select classes that are listed for the license types in your group. For example, if your class will contain a combination of Cosmetologists and Nail Techs, then you should select classes that list these license types. These classes are also available in Wisconsin for professional development. HairDirections is a registered and licensed Illinois CE Sponsor (license No. 190.000509).  You can read more about our approvals to provide this training by clicking here.

What are your in-salon classes like and what is included?

HairDirections has broken the mold when it comes to CE!  Our classes are both entertaining and educational, and people have a lot of fun at them.  We will bring a screen, laptop, projector, and sound system, and put on a multi-media training event at your salon with animated presentations, short video clips, music, sound effects, colorful imagery, demonstrations, activities and more.  The classes are presented by Kristin Allison using a fun approach, blending humor, practical information, and various delivery modes to keep things interesting.  Please see “Who will teach my class?” above for information about your educator.  In addition to CE hours, each person also receives a Course Notes and Activities Guide and a Certificate of Completion.

What will be covered during the class?

Customize your CE Event by choosing from several different classes on a variety of topics such as haircolor, hair design, salon business, retailing, client communications, goal setting, and more.  You can find a list of classes and detailed descriptions by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

What kind of class packages are available and how much do they cost?

We offer both 7 and 14 CE hour packages. You can choose any classes from our list which add up to the number of CE hours in your package.  The more people you have in your class, the less expensive it will be per person. Pricing information can be found by clicking here.

Can we pool people from other salons/spas for our class?

Yes, many groups have done this in the past with great success, where we have taught private in-salon classes with people from 1 to over 10 different salons.  Pooling people from other salons is an efficient way to substantially reduce the cost per person for your class.

How many people can we have in our class?

You can have as many people as you like, as long as the location where your class is held can accommodate everyone.   HairDirections has a suite of multi-media equipment and a staff to handle any size class, and we have provided CE for groups ranging from 1 to over 300 people.

Can we rent a conference room or other venue for you to hold a class at?

Yes, many groups have done this because they thought it would be fun or because they had more people than their salon could hold. Groups have had their class at restaurants, libraries, hotels, conference centers, resorts, and other places. If you do decide to have your class at a location other than your salon, it has to be appropriate for a CE class. For example, you need a private room that is large enough for everyone in your group.  You can generally rent a room for as little as $50 depending on the size of the room and venue type.  If you arrange catering with a hotel or restaurant, it is also common for them to give you the room for free or at a discounted rate.  Renting a space for your class is actually very easy. If you have questions about how to do this, just give us a call and we would be happy to help.  Your group is responsible for all conference room rental fees (if any).

Can we bring food and drinks to our class or have it catered?

Yes, you are welcome to have lunch, snacks and drinks at your class or have it catered.  A popular option is to skip the lunch break, and have everyone eat lunch during the class. This will allow you to finish about an hour earlier. Some groups have had a potluck style lunch, ordered pizzas, arranged catering, or just had people bring their own lunch individually.  If you hold a class outside of your salon, check with the venue to make sure you can bring in your own food.

Can our group consume alcohol during the class?

Yes, generally speaking, your group can consume alcohol during your class. Groups have even held their class at a brewery or created a bloody mary bar.  If you do have alcohol at your class, we ask that consumption be reasonable, people remain orderly and respectful, and that no laws or ordinances are broken.  You also need to make sure that it is allowed by your salon owner/manager and/or the venue where your class will be held (if you decide to hold the class outside of your salon).

Can I charge people more than HairDirections is charging for the class?

This is a common question that we get if a group decides to rent a venue, arrange catering, or incur other expenses that they want to distribute amongst all attendees.  Generally speaking, we do not mind if you charge people more than what HairDirections is charging per person for a class.  If you do charge more, you must inform people how much HairDirections is charging per person, and that there is an additional charge on top of that.

What license types are these classes for and who can attend them?

We have classes for several different license types, including Cosmetologists, Estheticians & Nail Technicians.  If you would like everyone in your group to earn Illinois CE hours, you have to select classes that are listed for the license types in your group. For example, if your class will contain a combination of Cosmetologists and Nail Techs, then you should select classes that list these license types. You are welcome to invite whomever you wish to your class, including pooling people from other establishments, as long as the location where your class is held can hold everyone. The total class cost depends on the number of people in your class.

Why do you charge so little for these classes? What’s the catch?

Because our rates are so low, people actually ask us this question! These classes are a lot of fun for both our educators and the attendees, so we have competitively priced them for private live CE training. Simply put, we enjoy teaching these classes for you. 

What is a Trip Charge?

Depending on the location of your class, a Trip Charge may be added to the package cost to help us offset travel expenses. These charges (if any) are extremely reasonable, and are built in to the cost per student up front before you schedule your class (there are no hidden charges).

What should I do if my question was not answered here? Where can I find help?

We would be happy to help you with whatever you need.  You can email your question to us by clicking here or give us a call at 608-235-2622.

CE FAQIf your question is not answered here, send us an email or give us a call at (608) 235-2622 and we would be happy to help you!

CE FAQIf your question is not answered here, send us an email or give us a call at (608) 235-2622 and we would be happy to help you!