Education and insurance top the list of reason techs should join the California Cosmetology Association (CCA). “There are six educational events offered every year to all our members throughout the state of California. We also typically coordinate student competitions as we know they are the future beauty professionals,” says Mary Lou Amaro, state president of the CCA. In addition, one of the association’s main functions is to be the legislative watchdog for the industry. “Laws may be enforced in Sacramento without our knowledge that could have a tremendous impact on our business,” says Amaro. “It is our duty to keep our professionals updated and represented when issues arise as well as come together when we need to veto a bill.”

Insurance is often an out-of-pocket expense when working in a salon and is more costly on an individual plan. “Under a group plan, you can purchase insurance at an affordable rate and without an examination so no one who applies will be denied,” says Amaro. If you are affiliated with a CCA member, other family members may also apply for insurance.

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