May 2011- Oregon
Taking License | by Kraig Bohot
I recently heard about an applicant who was told that, for "only" $700, an individual would "recommend" or help to "reestablish" certification.
And you thought certification fees were high?
Unfortunately, even in the best economic times, scam artists (nothing "artistic" about a scam except maybe those perpetrated by the "good guys" on the television show Leverage, partly filmed in Portland) are hiding behind every corner or coming up through cracks in the sidewalk like weeds.
In the instance above, the applicant was a non-English writer who was made to believe that a letter in English would help to facilitate the recertification process.
Because OHLA staff review Board of Cosmetology Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) on a regular basis, we know this is superfluously not true.
But to those who are not as familiar with the laws and rules and who really want to work, they might be more vulnerable to scam artists ready to pounce on and persuade them to part with their money.
Before being taken in by this or any other scam, if you suspect in the slightest that something doesn't seem quite right, contact the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) first.
OHLA staff are here to help you go through the steps to become certified and will be able to inform you of exactly what you need to do to achieve that goal.
Under new Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) for the Board of Cosmetology effective May 5, "freelance" replaces "certificate of identification," and non-credentialed applicants must go through the Department of Education (ODE) and a private career school before applying for practitioner certification.
New rules also establish "dormant" status for independent contractors and freelance authorization holders, which eliminates late fees, but creates a reactivation fee.
The reactivation fee becomes effective July 1, 2011, the same day Oregon private career school graduates begin to pay less for examination and application fees for initial certification.
Individual practitioners and facility owners may allow their certifications or licenses to lapse for up to three years. However, they must not practice or provide services in the facility and are responsible for late fees and certification and license fees if they decide to return to practice or reopen the facility within that three-year period.
After three years in expired status, practitioners and facilities must reapply, but are not responsible for late fees and certification and license fees from previous years.
"Our goal was to align the rules with Oregon Revised Statutes for cosmetology, provide more flexibility to authorization holders and reduce unnecessary costs to practitioners and business owners," says OHLA Licensing Division Sylvie McMillan.
Other changes to the OARs include:
• Civil Penalties: A majority of civil penalties increased. Civil penalty amounts had not changed since prior to the turn of the 21st century.
• Assumed Business Names: Facilities, independent contractors and freelance authorization holders must submit current information from the Secretary of State Corporations Division if they are operating under an assumed business name.
• Use of Formaldehyde Products: Temporary rules referencing Oregon OSHA rules become permanent.
• Non-Credentialed Applicants: Neither the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) nor the Board of Cosmetology have statutory authority to send non-credentialed applicants to a private career school for additional training or a practical examination. Under the new rule, ODE may refer an applicant to a career school if required documentation is not available.
• Practical Examination Evaluation: More specific criteria for evaluating and approving private career school practical examinations is established.
• Disposable Cups Deleted: Disposable cups are no longer required to be available for customer use if beverages are served in a facility.
• Written Examination Retake Requirements: OHLA's existing policy is placed in administrative rule.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in early April issued a hazard alert on potential formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products, months after Oregon OSHA brought the issue to national attention.
The Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) and Board of Cosmetology have adopted OR-OSHA's standards related to the use of formaldehyde in products.
Practitioners concerned about formaldehyde exposure can contact OR-OSHA to receive a free consultation at 800-922-2689.
For more information on Oregon's efforts to address the health risks of formaldehyde in products, visit www.oregon.gov/OHLA/COS and click on the link under "Current Topics."
To access the federal OSHA hazard alert, visit
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of Redken 5th Avenue NYC Guts Spray Mousse Foam due to the risk of the can rupturing.
According to the commission, the aerosol container's liner can corrode over time, posing a risk of the can rupturing and expelling its contents. As of April 12, Redken had received 41 reports of cans rupturing.
While no injuries have been reported, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The recall specifically relates to Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Mousse Foam sold in 10.58- and 2-ounce size cans in a silver container with black writing.
For more information, contact Redken toll-free at 888-241-9504 between 9 am and 5 pm eastern standard time Monday through Friday, or visit www.redken.com.
How many practitioners and facilities are active in Oregon? (Numbers in parentheses +/- change from previous month.) According to Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) records as of May 3, 2011:
Practitioners 31,049 (+33)
Facilities 4,729 (+54)
Independent contractors 8,368 (+143)
Freelance (previously CID) 523 (+26)
Barbering 4,616 (+15)
Esthetics 13,361 (+163)
Hair Design 21,480 (+189)
Nail Technology 13,683 (+134)
Oregon Health Licensing Agency
700 Summer Street NE, Suite 320 • Salem, OR 97301-1287
Licensing Office (503) 378-8667 • Enforcement Unit (503) 378-4294
OHLA Agency Staff:
Randy Everitt, Director
David Sparks, Regulatory Division Manager
Board of Cosmetology:
Debora Masten, Salem - Chair
Sharon Wiser, Lake Oswego - Vice Chair
Michael D. Snook, Salem
Linda Bergmann, Florence
Patricia A. Hall, Pendleton
Herb Hirst, North Plains
Shelly Couch, Gladstone