Electrolysis training varies considerably by jurisdiction in which an individual wishes to practice this form of hair removal as well as his or her own personal preferences. In some areas, electrolysis is not a licensed profession and anyone can learn to practice it by working under an experienced electrologist. Other jurisdictions do regulate electrolysis, however, and training is regulated by law. The curriculum content and length differ by location. A typical electrolysis training program may provide an education in not only the use of electrolysis equipment and the practice of hair removal, but also trains the practitioner in hygiene standards and identifying potential clients who are not good candidates for the procedure.
If an individual wishes to pursue formal electrolysis training, he or she should first find out about the legal status of electrolysis in the area where he or she wishes to practice. If the law requires electrologists to receive formal training prior to licensure, an individual should contact the licensing board in his or her area to find out which schools are approved for training. After choosing in enrolling in school, he or she will generally be expected to complete numerous courses preparing him or her for the safe practice of electrolysis. In many cases, he or she may be expected to complete many hours of electrolysis while working in a supervised student clinic.
In areas where electrolysis is not regulated, aspiring electrologists may still have the opportunity to get quality training through vocational or beauty schools in the area. Professional certification boards for electrologists may be able to recommend schools that offer the type of training someone needs if she is going to be competent in this profession. In some cases, the electrologist may need to complete a recommended program in order to achieve professional certification.
It is not uncommon for electronic licensing boards or certification organizations to require electrologists to receive additional training in the form of ongoing continuing education, the amount of continuing education, as well as the topics that need to be covered. Continuing education for electrologists can be found at electrolysis training schools, beauty schools, or at conventions and conferences for members of the profession. In some cases, it is also possible to take continuing education via online distance education. In areas where the practice of electrolysis is governed by law, the completion of continuing effort education may be tied into being able to renew one's license.