The International Nail Technicians Association (INTA), a subsidiary group of Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), is launching a new Accreditation & Certification Program for nail technicians. Paul Dykstra, CEO, Cosmetologists Chicago, made the announcement at a press conference during America’s Beauty Show 2016 in Chicago. The purpose of the certification program is to designate individuals who have met a heightened standard of knowledge and skill necessary to deliver quality services above and beyond those required by regulatory standards.
Just prior to the announcement event, a Certification Committee, appointed by CC President Denise Provenzano, met to set criteria and framework for the program. The committee includes Jan Arnold, CND; Lorrene Conino, Salon Lorrene, Palatine, Ill., and treasurer of Cosmetologists Chicago; Amber Edwards, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas; Athena Elliott, Nail Talk Radio; Sigourney Nuñez, NAILS Magazine; Lydia Sarfati, Sarkli-Repêchage; Doug Schoon, Schoon Scientific; Trisha Trackman, nail care consultant; Jessica Vartoughian, Jessica Cosmetics; and Katharin von Gavel, Footlogix.
“This is a program that is long overdue,” said Dykstra. “And we have an ambitious timetable to ensure all aspects of the program, including instruction, examination, certification, and continuing education will be fully operational before ABS 2017 (March 25-27, 2017). It is time for the nail industry to elevate the status of its workers to a very professional level in the minds of the consumer.”
The Certification Committee will develop criteria for those who are eligible to participate in the INTA Certification Program, as well as help determine an appropriate process and standards by which INTA can accredit salons that meet minimum, yet rigorous, requirements. Additionally, the Committee will explore and establish the process by which certificants can demonstrate continued competence and learning within the core components of the certification.