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154.48 SCHOOLS.
    Subdivision 1. Licensing. Any person who establishes or conducts a school in this state
shall be licensed.
    Subd. 2. Standards. The board shall by rule establish minimum standards of course
content and length specific to the educational preparation prerequisite to testing and licensing
as cosmetologist, esthetician, and manicurist.
    Subd. 3. Applications. Application for a license shall be prepared on forms furnished by the
board and shall contain the following and such other information as may be required:
(1) the name of the school, together with ownership and controlling officers, members,
and managing employees;
(2) the specific fields of instruction which will be offered and reconciliation of the course
content and length to meet the minimum standards, as prescribed in subdivision 2;
(3) the place or places where instruction will be given;
(4) a listing of the equipment available for instruction in each course offered;
(5) the maximum enrollment to be accommodated;
(6) a listing of instructors, all of whom shall be licensed as provided in section 154.46,
subdivision 2
, except that any school may use occasional instructors or lecturers who would add
to the general or specialized knowledge of the students but who need not be licensed;
(7) a current balance sheet, income statement or documentation to show sufficient financial
worth and responsibility to properly conduct a school and to assure financial resources ample to
meet the school's financial obligations;
(8) other financial guarantees which would assure protection of the public as determined by
rule; and
(9) a copy of all written material which the school uses to solicit prospective students,
including but not limited to a tuition and fee schedule, and all catalogues, brochures and other
recruitment advertisements. Each school shall annually, on a date determined by the board, file
with the board any new or amended materials which it has distributed during the past year.
    Subd. 4. Verification of application. Each application shall be signed and certified to under
oath by the proprietor if the applicant is a proprietorship, by the managing partner if the applicant
is a partnership, or by the authorized officers of the applicant if the applicant is a corporation,
association, company, firm, society or trust.
    Subd. 5. Conditions precedent to issuance. A license must not be issued unless the board
first determines that the applicant has met the requirements in clauses (1) to (8).
(1) The applicant must have a sound financial condition with sufficient resources available to
meet the school's financial obligations; to refund all tuition and other charges, within a reasonable
period of time, in the event of dissolution of the school or in the event of any justifiable claims for
refund against the school; to provide adequate service to its students and prospective students; and
to maintain proper use and support of the school.
(2) The applicant must have satisfactory training facilities with sufficient tools and equipment
and the necessary number of work stations to adequately train the students currently enrolled,
and those proposed to be enrolled.
(3) The applicant must employ a sufficient number of qualified instructors trained by
experience and education to give the training contemplated.
(4) The premises and conditions under which the students work and study must be sanitary,
healthful, and safe according to modern standards.
(5) Each occupational course or program of instruction or study must be of such quality and
content as to provide education and training which will adequately prepare enrolled students for
testing, licensing, and entry level positions as a cosmetologist, esthetician, or manicurist.
(6) The school must have coverage by professional liability insurance of at least $25,000 per
incident and an accumulation of $150,000 for each premium year.
(7) The applicant shall provide evidence of the school's compliance with section 176.182.
(8) The applicant, except the state and its political subdivisions as described in section
471.617, subdivision 1, shall file with the board a continuous corporate surety bond in the amount
of $10,000, conditioned upon the faithful performance of all contracts and agreements with
students made by the applicant. The bond shall run to the state of Minnesota and to any person
who may have a cause of action against the applicant arising at any time after the bond is filed
and before it is canceled for breach of any contract or agreement made by the applicant with
any student. The aggregate liability of the surety for all breaches of the conditions of the bond
shall not exceed $10,000. The surety of the bond may cancel it upon giving 60 days' notice in
writing to the board and shall be relieved of liability for any breach of condition occurring after
the effective date of cancellation.
    Subd. 6. Fees; renewals. (a) Applications for initial license under sections 154.40 to 154.54
shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee set forth in section 154.44.
(b) License duration shall be three years. Each renewal application shall be accompanied by
a nonrefundable renewal fee set forth in section 154.44.
(c) Application for renewal of license shall be made as provided in rules adopted by the
board and on forms supplied by the board.
    Subd. 7. Inspections. All schools may be inspected as often as the board considers necessary
to affirm compliance. The board shall have the authority to assess the cost of the inspection to
the school.
    Subd. 8. List of licensed schools; availability. The board shall maintain and make available
to the public a list of licensed schools.
    Subd. 9. Separation of school and professional departments. A school shall display in the
entrance reception room of its student section a sign prominently and conspicuously indicating
that all work therein is done exclusively by students. Professional departments of a school shall be
run as entirely separate and distinct businesses and shall have separate entrances.
Nothing contained in sections 154.40 to 154.54 shall prevent a school from charging for
student work done in the school to cover the cost of materials used and expenses incurred in and
for the operation of the school. All of the student work shall be prominently and conspicuously
advertised and held forth as being student work and not otherwise.
    Subd. 10. Discrimination prohibited. No school, duly approved under sections 154.40 to
154.54, shall refuse to teach any student, otherwise qualified, on account of race, sex, creed, color,
citizenship, national origin, or sexual preference.
History: 1981 c 357 s 39; 1983 c 289 s 114 subd 1; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 92; 1993 c 204 s
18-21; 1996 c 439 art 1 s 14; 2004 c 269 art 3 s 37; 2005 c 27 s 9

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