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School Membership

Membership for beauty, barber, and wellness educators

School Membership

Join the only national association representing the beauty, barber, and wellness education sector. Join hundreds of other schools in this long-standing member organization which brings together thousands of owners, directors, educators, and staff of this unique sector of education.

AACS Membership dues are based on the total gross revenue of an institution’s beauty, barber, and wellness programs (including tuition, clinic income, books, kits, etc.)

AACS is proactive in both federal and state government relation activities. As a regulated industry, we stay prepared to combat constant attacks on our sector of education. From gainful employment and over-regulation at the federal level to the reduction of program hours as well as the complete deregulation of licensure at the state level, AACS stays vigilant and pro-active to protect the beauty, barber, and wellness sector of education.

Annually, AACS hosts the Congressional Summit and Hill Day where owners and administrators gather to learn about the latest government activities in Washington, D.C. as well as meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to advocate on behalf of the beauty, barber, and wellness education sector.

AACS hosts a series of seminars, conferences, and conventions throughout the year including two major national conferences designed specifically for the beauty, barber, and wellness education sector. One of the greatest values of membership with AACS is the networking opportunities and industry resources provided to our members at these events. 

    • AACS Career Educators Alliance (CEA) Conference: This two-day conference is designed to help your instructors excel as educators.
    • AACS Annual Conference: The Annual Conference provides owners and administrators the knowledge and tools they need to meet today’s operational challenges and grow their schools.
    • Congressional Summit & Hill Day: A two-day summit at which AACS members gather to network, meet with congressional representatives, and advocate for the industry in Washington, D.C.

Become part of an impactful, formal network of beauty, barber, and wellness school owners, directors, educators, vendors, and consultants to share ideas and best practices.  Find a member who can mentor you to grow your business and keep abreast of the latest trends in the industry.

As a member, you can join us for our free Webinar Wednesdays, where experts from our partner members and schools will share their knowledge on pertinent topics in the areas of operations, admissions/marketing, financial aid/compliance, and education/teaching.

Additionally, AACS hosts virtual Lunch & Learn events: interactive, small group workshops on a variety of informative topics.

The Golden School Awards take place annually to recognize the best in the beauty, barber, and wellness education sector. Awards are given in nine distinct categories: Advocacy, Community Involvement, Facilities, Legacy Alumni, Marketing Innovation, Placement, School Culture, Student Salon & Spa, and School of the Year. Winners are announced during the AACS Annual Conference in the fall.

AACS Partners (vendor members) often provide exclusive discounts to AACS member schools! Our Partners are preferred vendors who support our industry and want to see AACS member schools succeed.



AACS is the only national association representing the beauty, barber, and wellness education sector, with over 250 school-owner members, comprising over 500 schools across the U.S. Here’s what some AACS members have to say about the value of their membership.

"AACS provides a tremendous amount of networking support with other schools"

- Patrick Bene

"The community that is created here in AACS, is just next level because we all want each other to succeed"

- Peter Muccia

"The huge benefit of AACS is just the networking and the partnership"

- Arlene Lyons

"AACS benefits who we do it for which is our students"

- Steven Comp

"Having us all together has really helped us become stronger for our own team"

- Conor Turnage

"The most important organization that I’m affiliated with"

- Kameron Rabenou

"We look forward to being a school associated with AACS in the future"

- Bill Tahy & David Drake