Electrology in Massachusetts

Important Message for Electrologists

As of May 4, 2015, the State Board governing Electrologists in Massachusetts changed the definition of electrolysis to include Laser or IPL as within the scope of our practice. This change in definition now refers to Laser or IPL by an electrologist as Laser Electrolysis. This change also eliminates the need for electrologists to have a separate room for laser or IPL treatments.

Laser Electrolysis Definition: The method of removing hair from the human body by the application of an electric current or any other form of energy to the hair papilla or other source of hair germination by means of a needle or any other instrument or device to cause decomposition, coagulation, dehydration, or other form of tissue destruction, to permanently disable the hair follicle from producing hair.

To Comply With the New Policy

Licensed Electrologists must complete 15 or 30 hours of State Board approved training to offer Laser Electrolysis.

Those Electrologists who have practiced Laser or IPL hair removal under the supervision of a physician prior to May 4, 2015, must complete 15 hours of State Board approved training to offer Laser Electrolysis without a Medical Director.

InLight Laser Training (ILT) is the first and only Massachusetts State Board approved Laser Electrolysis training course. The program is designed to satisfy the requirements for electrologists to practice Laser Electrolysis. They have worked closely with the State Board to develop an approved training program so that electrologists are in compliance with the laws that went into effect in May 2015.

Note: The hours of training obtained in Laser Electrolysis can qualify for continuing education units required for one license renewal period.

For further details, please review the Mass. Department of Prof Licensure Policy Bulletin.

** Governor Deval Patrick's HB #4254 Passed! - New Definition for Electrolysis Submitted by MAE Included in Bill

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts insists on the highest standards in electrology licensing. To this end, the electrology profession is governed by the State Board of Registration of Electrologists, a board which serves under the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure. Comprised of three registered electrologists, one medical doctor and one public member, this body functions to address consumer safety and the safety of the members of the electrology profession through establishing educational requirements, appropriate policy and continuing education standards.

MA Requirements for the Practice of Electrology
A minimum training of 1100 hours, consisting of both didactic and practical education, is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the practice of electrology. Upon successful completion of a course of study at a state-approved electrology school, each candidate must pass both a written and a practical State Board examination. Successful completion of the state examination results in the issuance of a state license which allows the candidate the designation of "Registered Electrologist". Electrology licenses are renewed every two years, at which time the electrologist must have satisfied the requirement of 10 hours (1.0 CEUs) of continuing education for relicensure. For more information on what topics MUST be included among those 10 hours (1.0 CEUs), please click on our link to the state website, below. Registered Electrologists must strictly adhere to the state statutes, rules and regulations governing the practice of electrology.

MA Requirements for Becoming an Instructor
Registered Electrologists who have actively practiced electrolysis in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 5 years or more are eligible to take a state examination to become an electrology instructor. This examination is offered by the State Board of Registration of Electrologists who, upon application, will offer the test during the regular testing periods. This test is comprised of both written and oral examination.

MA State Board of Registration of Electrologists Website

For more information call 1-888-450-4247 or e-mail info@electrologyMA.com

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