ONE-HOUR of Illinois CE training on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


Listen. Support. Connect.

Learn how to help your clients experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault
Reserve your time now for a new one-hour course

Chicago Says No More

to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

  • When IL cosmetology teachers and esthetics teachers renew licenses in September 2018, they will be the first group
    in the 2-year renewal cycle asked to confirm completion of this new required course by the Cosmetology Renewal
    Domestic Violence Course (HB 4264/PA99-0766) 
  • Per IDFPR, the next required groups to complete Listen. Support. Connect. are nail technicians, nail technology
    teachers, hair braiders and hair braiding teachers for October 2018 renewal; and cosmetologists and estheticians
    for 2019 renewal. 
  • If you attended Listen. Support. Connect. at ABS 2016 or 2017, you have met the requirement of one CEH to renew
    your license Cosmetologists Chicago is offering this new class – prepared with Chicago Says No More experts in
    the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault and with Pivot Point – to provide an overview on how to respond
    when your client shares personal information or asks for help 
  • Cosmetologists Chicago is offering this new class – prepared with Chicago Says No More experts in the fields of
    domestic violence and sexual assault and with Pivot Point – to provide an overview on how to respond when your
    client shares personal information or asks for help Certified DV and SA instructors, who have completed 40 hours
    of training, will help you to recognize signs, how to respond when *Once the Illinois Department of Financial and
    Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has completed the rules and regulations for this new law applying to your profession,
    Chicago Says No More and Cosmetologists Chicago will announce a schedule of classes. with Chicago Says No More
    Instructors PRICE: FREE with ABS Admission CEH: 1 hour



with Chicago Says No More Instructors

PRICE: FREE (Must Register - See Times Below)
CEH: 1 hour

These classes are not available anywhere else at this time.
All exhibitors, workshops, artists, presenters, times & locations are subject to change without notice. 


The Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department
of Finance 
and Professional Regulation (license #190-00101).


Saturday, March 30 Sunday, March 31 Monday, April 1
12noon – 1pm  CE-2000 9am – 10am  CE-2004 10am – 11am  CE-2011
1pm - 2pm  CE-2001 10am – 11am  CE-2005 11am – 12noon  CE-2012
2pm - 3pm  CE-2002 11am – 12noon  CE-2006 12noon – 1pm  CE-2013
3pm - 4pm  CE-2003 12noon – 1pm  CE-2007 1pm - 2pm  CE-2014
1pm - 2pm  CE-2008 2pm - 3pm  CE-2015
2pm - 3pm  CE-2009 3pm - 4pm  CE-2016
3pm - 4pm  CE-2010

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions 
about the New Illinois Law Requiring DV/SA education

Q. What is the new law requiring salon professionals receive training in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DV/SA)?

The new law is called the Cosmetology Renewal License Domestic Violence Course (HB4264/PA99-0766).

Q. When did the law go into effect?

.  January 1, 2017. 

Q. What does it mean for working hairstylists, nail technicians, estheticians and hair braiders?

Every licensed salon professional is now required to take a one-hour, one-time awareness training in DV/SA in order to renew their license.

Q. Do salon professionals need to take the training every two years to renew their license?

No. The law requires only one-hour training, one time. However, they may choose to take an approved DV/SA course in the following years and it will count as one Continuing Education Unit.

Q. How was this law enacted?

. Illinois Senator Bill Cunningham, whose wife is a former hairdresser, and Representative Fran Hurley introduced and sponsored this legislation. Salon professionals were chosen for this innovative education and awareness training because of the close relationship between salon pros and their clients.

Q. What is Chicago Says No More (CSNM) and what is its role in the new law?

Chicago Says No More is a coalition of agencies that serves those affected by DV/SA in the Chicago metro area and across Illinois. Their goal is to collaborate on new ways to address the epidemic of DV/SA. CSNM has developed the curriculum and will provide classes throughout Illinois.

Q. What is Cosmetologists Chicago’s role in this legislation and requirement?

Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), a 15,000-member association dedicated to the education and protection of salon professionals, has been working with CSNM since the legislation was initiated (almost 2 years). Cosmetologists Chicago worked closely with CSNM on this legislation to protect the safety and liability of cosmetologists in Illinois, as well as ensuring their education on this sensitive topic does not detract from the technical and business education required to pursue a successful business or career.

Q. What is the liability of cosmetologists if they choose to interact with clients on the subject of domestic violence and sexual assault?

Cosmetologists Chicago worked hard in Springfield to ensure the safety of our constituents. The law specifically states that “a person who completes domestic violence and sexual assault awareness education, or his or her employer, shall not be civilly or criminally liable for acting in good faith or failing to act on information obtained during the course of employment concerning potential domestic violence or sexual assault.”

In other words, neither the salon professional nor the salon itself is liable if they choose to provide information or if they choose not to get involved.

Q. How will the Law be enforced?

The program, called Listen. Support. Connect. was designed exclusively for salon professionals by DV/SA experts and salon industry leaders of Cosmetologists Chicago. This curriculum has been approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Springfield which will monitor the CE units of cosmetologists.

Q. What will a salon professional learn in the one hour DV/SA training?

. Recognition of the symptoms of DV/SA and resources for a DV/SA victim are just part of the curriculum. This class will provide an overview of the scope of the epidemic of DV/SA and include options for salon professionals to use should they become aware of the symptoms—whether among friends, family or salon clients.

Q. How much does the Listen. Support. Connect training cost?

The training will be provided at no charge to salon professionals when conducted by instructors who have completed a 40-hour training program in DV/SA.

Q. Where can a salon professional take the training?

Listen. Support. Connect. will only be offered at America’s Beauty Show 2017 & 2018 at McCormick Place. Cosmetologists Chicago has arranged for 18 one-hour training classes to be offered. Cosmetologists can register for America’s Beauty Show and the Listen. Support. Connect. classes by visiting

Q. What does a professional do if he/she cannot attend America’s Beauty Show in March?


A. Once the necessary rules and regulations for this new law are written by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Chicago Says No More will announce a schedule of additional free classes throughout Illinois.



Karen Gordon & Kristie Paskan

  Listen to Karen and Kristie speak about the program on WGN 720!

WGN Radio 720AM - Recorded January 3, 2017

Listen to our own Karen Gordon (VP of Cosmetologists Chicago & Owner of J. Gordon Designs) and Kristie Paskan (Founder of Chicago Says No More) discuss "The Most Uplifting Law of 2017" about Domestic Violence and how we can help as Cosmetologists. - Click Here

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