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How Do I Become A Lash Artist?

Some areas have regulations in place which state that you must have an esthetics diploma or be a licensed cosmetologist or similar. Find out the laws in your area before enrolling in a lash training course.

​Once you have determined that you qualify to earn your certification, do your research to find a reputable program. Tuition for a quality course can be a big investment. You need to know the course you choose will properly prepare you for a career in the lash industry. Don't let price or location be your deciding factors. Your education is the most important part of your exciting new career as a lash artist. Take your time, shop around and compare schools.

Courses offered by a NALA Accredited Academy have been reviewed and approved by the association. You can find a list of NALA accredited academies on the directory www.nalamembers.com 

How Do I Find Information About My Local Regulations?

Start by visiting your federal governments website. Search for topics such as personal services regulations, control practices for personal services, infection prevention for personal services, legislature for personal service businesses, etc. If your country is divided into provinces, states or counties, search your local state website for regulations as well. Some good search keywords include "personal services", "esthetics", "legislature", "health services", "regulations" and other similar terms.

​Although many governments may not have a list of regulations specific to eyelash extensions, our services fall under the same category as other esthetic services such as waxing, facials, lash tinting, and more. Review the requirements for those services and accommodate those regulations in your business.

Where Can I find The "Optimize Your Lash Business" Course?

This online course is available free to NALA Members. Once logged in, simply access your library by clicking on the avatar in the top right hand corner.

Not a NALA Member? You can purchase the course HERE.

What Do I Need To Become A NALA Member?

NALA Members must meet all NALA standards and demonstrate safe and accurate application skills.

​The Membership Application process consists of a written exam, as well as a video demonstration and photos of your work. A formal certification is not required to apply for membership.

​Members are bound to NALA's strict Professional Guidelines and NALA Code of Ethics. Please review these policies carefully before joining the membership. Failure to comply to NALA Professional Guidelines and NALA Code of Ethics will result in dismissal from the membership.

What Are The Benefits of Joining The NALA Membership?

Membership proudly makes a statement about your dedication to your professional integrity & practice.

Aside from highlighting your professional credibility, NALA Membership has many perks.

Members gain exclusive access to videos and workshops which help grow your business.

​Your name and details about your business/services are listed on the NALA Global Directory.

​Members receive industry updates and important news delivered directly to their email account.

​Members are entitled to discounts and/or VIP access to all NALA hosted events.

Members are invited to join our private members-only forum.

​Members participate in members-only events throughout the year.

How can I get my lash academy listed on the global directory?

Only academies that have earned the NALA Seal of Accreditation, and hold an active accreditation status with NALA, are listed on the directory. Once you earn the official seal for your school, you will be listed.

Find full details about how to earn your accreditation on our NALA School for Lash Trainers page.

What Is NALA Accreditation?

NALA offers accreditation to lash academies as a means of substantiating their value to students. The NALA Seal of Accreditation is evidence that a course has been thoroughly reviewed and scrutinized by the association and has been deemed a great choice for students. It is proof that the course will properly prepare it's students for a successful career in the lash industry.

Learn more on our "About Accreditation" page.

What Are The Requirements For Academy Accreditation?

The NALA Seal of Accreditation is not easy to achieve. NALA holds academies to an extremely high standard because we understand that education is the foundation of our entire industry.

To earn the NALA Seal of Accreditation for your lash academy:

  • All of your lash related courses must meet the curriculum criteria (applicants are provided with a checklist upon purchase).
  • Your manuals must meet professional education standards regarding spelling, grammar, and information organization.
  • Your students must be able to follow and understand the content with ease.
  • All classes must have 1 qualified educator for each 5 students (class ratio 1:5).
  • Class time must be at least 2 days long and should offer a timeline that allows for students to have quality time with the instructor.
  • Academy is required to offer 8 - 12 hours of hands-on, supervised practice on a variety of live models.
  • All students must successfully pass an exam (written, oral or observed) before receiving a certificate. If they do not qualify for certification, systems must be in place to help them achieve certification in the near future.
  • Training manuals must contain very detailed, up-to-date information. Applicants are provided with a list of what needs to be included in the manuals.
  • Academy must carry adequate insurance as an educational facility (not as a service provider).
  • Graduates must have access to continued support and mentorship after earning their certificate.

The NALA Seal of Accreditation is the equivalent of earning Michelin Stars for a restaurant. 

Approval is NOT guaranteed. The NALA Seal of Accreditation must be EARNED.

In the event that your curriculum does not meet accreditation requirements, you will be granted three months to make the necessary changes and resubmit your application without additional fees. This includes one re-apply only. 


Find full details about earning academy accreditation on our NALA School for Lash Trainers page.

When And Where Is The NALA Awards Gala?

The NALA Awards Gala and Conference will be held on the first weekend in May every year in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

This is an unbeatable event with top educators, world renowned speakers, and our one-of-a-kind Gala!

​Visit www.nalagala.com to learn more about the event, buy tickets and/or nominate a colleague for an Industry Award.

How Do I Nominate Someone For A NALA Award?

If you know of someone in the lash industry that deserves to be awarded for his/her exceptional skills, contribution to the industry, mentorship, product development or overall awesomeness, let us know!

 Submit their name by filling out the Nomination Form on the gala website at www.nalagala.com/nominate

There is a fee of $50 CAD for each nomination submitted.

How Do I Become A Presenter For The NALA Awards Gala and Conference?

For the 2020 Conference we are looking for speakers to offer hands-on training, share important and helpful insights for lash artists and educators or talk about business growth. If you are interested in being a speaker onstage at the show, please get in touch and let us know which topic you wish to speak on and tell us a little about your background.

​We will have our lineup of speakers confirmed by November 30, 2019.

How Can I Sign Up As A Show Sponsor?

Our sponsors are a very important part of the gala and conference. To participate and take advantage of all the sponsors perks, please contact Bree to request a sponsorship package brochure.

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What Do I Need To Qualify For Insurance As A Lash Artist?

Your insurance provider will request a certificate or diploma as evidence that you are qualified to offer the service you are offering. They will be looking for some form of confirmation that you are unlikely to cause harm to a person or become subject to legal action. The more evidence you can provide that shows you are a low risk, the lower your premiums will be.

How Do I Know When It Is Time To Expand?

The decision to expand is one that requires patience and research. 

​Some lash artists choose to grow once they are consistently fully booked three weeks in advance.

​Some choose to grow when they realize they are missing out on the opportunity to grow their client list due to lack of time. This is when a lash artist might consider taking on an employee.

​Sometimes a lash artist decides she has outgrown her space and it is time to move to a larger studio and hire more staff.

​There are important factors to consider before deciding if it is right for you. Such as;

What will your new overhead costs be in a new larger space?

How much will it cost you to have employees? (There is more to it than just their wage or commissions)

NALA wants to help you with all of your business goals!

You can find helpful information and workshops to guide you to success in the NALA Membership. Visit the NALA Membership Page to learn more.


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