Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS) is an organization providing a collective voice for the beauty career arts & science industry; advocating positive state laws and rules for schools and licensed professionals.


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The Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS) is the only statewide association in Illinois whose membership consists of cosmetology, barber, esthetics and nail technology schools; cosmetology, nail tech and esthetics teachers; as well as suppliers and manufacturers of beauty products, textbook publishers and other industry partners. Established approximately 50 years ago by a group of proprietary school owners, the organization has grown to represent over 60 public and private schools, including community college and proprietary schools, individual teacher members and 20 of the top industry suppliers and manufacturers.

IACS is a licensed provider of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) for all cosmetology disciplines and regularly offers quality cosmetology, nail technology and esthetics methodology educational seminars for teachers. Although our education focuses on continuing education programs for educators and educational issues, we have been active in helping retain both state licensing and continuing professional education for cosmetologists and other allied professionals.

IACS not only promotes and supports quality cosmetology education for teachers, it has been a leader in developing educational opportunities for students of its member schools. Through legislation establishing internship placement in licensed salons promoted by IACS, students can spend the final portion of their school program in on-the-job training. Our annual statewide Student Competition continues to grow, with nearly 200 individuals competing in a variety of categories and an overall attendance of nearly 800!

IACS has a long and successful history of legislative advocacy on behalf of cosmetology, nail and esthetics schools, teachers and students. IACS has effectively promoted numerous pieces of legislation benefiting its member schools and students and resisted legislation harmful to the operation of its member schools, the students they enroll and the public who seek their professional services.

In Springfield, IACS is considered the “go to” organization for expertise when legislation affecting the cosmetology industry in Illinois. As a result, our member schools, teachers and students and the general public, are well-served by our legislative agenda and our ongoing presence in the State Capitol.