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One-Time Illinois Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness RequirementUpdated a year ago

Effective January 1, 2017, a new law requires a one-hour, one-time Continuing Education (CE) course on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness for all cosmetologists, cosmetology teachers, estheticians, esthetic teachers, hair braiders, hair braiding teachers, nail technicians, and nail technology teachers. This CE requirement was effective January 1, 2019.

*** Updated Notice as of March 1, 2019 ***
Administrative Code (updated Aug. 2018) 

The one-time 1-hour course on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness must be on the following topics:

1) Providing basic information about domestic violence and sexual assault, including definitions, factual information, statistics, types of abuse, behaviors, victim-blaming, shaming, abusers, barriers for victims leaving their abusers or seeking help, and confidentiality issues;

2) Placing, within the context of a cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology or hair braiding salon or practice, exposure to and awareness of issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault; and

3) Providing licensees with the tools to assist clients with information about available options, choices, and services, including listening to and communicating with clients, recognizing signs of abuse, the proper ways to support a client who is a victim, and connecting clients with available community resources.

The course must be presented in a classroom setting or in an online classroom presentation. The course must be presented or taught by an individual that holds a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness CE Sponsor License (licensure prefix #290). A list of the approved sponsors is available on the Department’s website.

A list of Illinois Domestic Violence CE Sponsors can be found here

For more information please see

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