The National Cosmetology Association, now under the auspices of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is a trade organization committed to supporting licensed salon professionals progress in their careers while striking a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives. Any licensed professional, whether working for a salon or as an independent contractor, is eligible to join PBA's licensed professional section. The PBA | NCA licensed professional section also welcomes currently enrolled cosmetology students.

PBA promotes professionalism in the salon. Membership is a simple, meaningful way for licensed professionals to enrich their professional life. PBA Licensed Professional member benefits include:

Professional Resources:

Licensed professional members have access to resources to enhance their careers, including discounts at many of the best-known advanced academies; scholarships; access to internationally recognized CIDESCO certification and educational programs; and opportunities to compete in the international Organisation Mondiale Coiffure bi-annual competition.

Benefit Providers:

Some benefits include complimentary subscriptions to American Salon Magazine, NCA Now, PBA Progress and The Washington Update and discounts to other industry and consumer publications; 5% discount at Sally Beauty Supply; 10% discount on T-Mobile service charges; 20% discount on annual fees with LifeLock; savings at FedEx Kinkos; major medical and liability insurance through Abbey Insurance Services; and quality dental coverage through

Government Advocacy:

PBA works hard to represent the interests of salon and spa professionals. Members are encouraged to get involved in PBA's efforts to make a difference for the entire industry.

Educational Events, Competitions & Programs:

PBA produces and partners with events and educational opportunities throughout the year. Members receive free admission to the International Salon and Spa Expo Long Beach and Midwest, IBS New York and Las Vegas, IECSC New York and Las Vegas, and INsalon St. Paul. Discounted member pricing is offered for tuition to PBA Symposium and on entrance fees and tickets to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and the Legends & Icons Gala.