Electrology Training Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does the program take?--I don't want to be away from my family for longer than I have to...

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How big are the classes?  I don't want to be lost in a crowd...

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Who teaches the classes?

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If I'm accepted, what supplies do I need for school?

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I'm from out of town, do you have any leads on housing for me?

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What are the entrance requirements 

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I am from the local  area, will you still train me/Do you have a non-compete agreement?

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The program sure sounds great, but how much does it cost?

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What type of equipment do we train on?

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Do you offer any types of financial aid?

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I have a learning disability, physical disability, and/or mental disability--will I be able to make it in Electrology or school?

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What do I need to do to get started?

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When can I begin!?

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I'm skeptical about doing e-Learning I've heard online learning doesn't "work" how is it possible to learn without sitting in a classroom?

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What about this multiple needle thing?  Is it a modality?

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I am NOT a computer whiz, how much do I need to know to do online theory?

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I'm in my 50's+ and haven't been in school for years is it too late to start a career in electrolysis?

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I'm a male, how come when I look online at all the sites I only see ladies in the field--will you train me?

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I'm already a licensed nurse/dental hygienist/cosmetologists/massage therapist, do I have to retake all the basics-- has human anatomy really changed in the last 10 years?

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What's with the owl?

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This is our actual school building with lots of free parking right at the door.  Our facility is safe, well lit, and conveniently located on the North edge of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

 

There are many restaurants nearby as well as a doctors office, pharmacy, and health club--not that you will have a lot of free time to explore but amenities and many fun things to do abound in historic Eau Claire, and the surrounding Chippewa Valley.

 

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How long does the program take?--I don't want to be away from my family for longer than I have to...

As many of our students have been from out-of-town, and out of state, they have requested we design a program that takes as few days as possible.  We have created an intensive program that still meets the State standards.  As per State law, our program is a "clock hour" program which means that the actual assigned instructional time (i.e. 450 hours) is required.  Because we customize our programs for each student, including the number of hours per day spent on campus, the total duration of the program as in number of days may vary for each student.

Our 600 hour training exceeds the minimum 450 hour requirement of the state by offering and extra 150 hours of training.   By extending our school days and expanding content we are helping our students be more successful in practice after graduation.  

We also offer a basic 450 hour program for students who choose not to exceed the standards.  We also have a minimal program of 325 hour designed for students who do not have to fulfill Wisconsin State licensure requirements.

In general, the 600 hour program takes about 75 8-hour in-class days, or sixty 10-hour in class days.  According to State requirements, training can not take less than 11 weeks nor more then 30 weeks to complete 450 clock hours. 

Students may determine what days and times will work for their schedule if they elect the e-Learning option.  If you would like to elect our weekend training program,  you can be on your way to a new career and not leave your day job!  If you have special needs contact us via e-mail to see what could be arranged. 

We are committed to working hard to make quality Electrology training accessible to ALL students with an interest to train. 

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How big are the classes?  I don't want to be lost in a crowd...

To preserve the integrity of the educational program we limit the number of students per session.  Small class sizes help each student become a superior Electrologist, not just an acceptable one. 

Because many of our students have little to no background in Electrology, and some have been out of school for many years,  we ensure that each student receives the utmost amount of personal attention from our staff regardless of if they choose the e-Learning program or the traditional program. 

If you would like a very individualized program with the most personal attention delivered right to you and you prefer to work at your own pace we suggest you select the e-learning option as the traditional program, like all traditional classroom delivery programs, must progress on schedule whether you are ready or not.

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Who teaches the classes?

Our program is also unusual in that all classes are taught in very small groups (never more than 6) by highly qualified State Licensed Electrology Instructors who all have undergone intensive specialist training in teaching methods for adult students.  Unlike other programs that are designed and or taught by individuals without training in the best methods to help adult students succeed, or are based on inherited or purchased curriculum; our program stands out as comprehensive and engaging--learning should be fun and relevant.  We can assure you there isn't any other Electrology program like ours anywhere.

This program is specifically created this program to train Electrologist that are business savvy and technically superior while cutting out the busy work and wasted time.  100% of students trained by River Rock have passed their state board exams and the national Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) exam since 2005.  We believe that graduation from our program should mean something.  Not everyone is accepted and not everyone graduates from our program.  Those who have a passion for hair removal and electrolysis and put forth their best efforts graduate from our program and succeed in practice. 

We preserve the integrity and prestige of our training and our graduates are recognized as having superior training.   It is our mission to provide graduates with the training and the tools they need to succeed and feel that they should get what they paid for: EXCELLENT training--not just an empty bank account, hours lost, and a business that never takes off or closes quickly.

What our Graduates Say About RREI

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If I'm accepted, what supplies do I need for school?

Each student needs:  A great attitude and a sense of humor.  We will provide use of a white long-sleeve lab coat but if you require a special fit or unusual size contact us ahead of time or your are welcome to bring your own.  You will also need to wear comfortable professional dress with closed toe shoes. 

As we are concerned about your long term health and proper healthy body mechanics, we do not use ergonomically devastating magnifying lamps or reader glasses-type magnifiers.  We want to be sure you can work as long as you want to without injuring your body and visualizing as comfortably and accurately as possible. 

We do require the student to provide their own Orascopes (surgical loupes for magnification).  We strongly encourage students to arrange to be fitted for their custom scopes at least 5 weeks BEFORE classes begin so they can start from day one with their opticals.  With your student discount these cost on average $900 depending on the options you select.  Orascoptic offers several zero interest payment plans to help make this more affordable for you.  As this is a tool you will need to work on your own after graduation just like your own personal epilator is, we do not provide these for students.  As they are custom fitted to your face measurements, you will visualize accurately only if you have your own pair rather than trying to borrow a pair.  They feature a 45 day after receipt return policy so if you decide they are not for you they can be returned. 

If you are willing to sign a waiver, you are welcome to attempt classes without Orascopes using other cheapie visualization methods.  It's not that you can't do electrolysis without them, it's more that you won't want to once you have them!  Orascopes give you a huge fixed working distance so you aren't smothering your client AND aren't harming your body.  Combine the aforementioned with no eye strain make for a very, very long career.

All other supplies are provided by the school at NO additional charge including ALL consumables, supplies, and books.  

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I'm from out of town, do you have any leads on housing for me?

We maintain a list of private homes and apartments.  It also lists local motels that students have gotten discounted long-term room rates from.  You might also want to try bargain sites such as www.priceline.com to see if deals are offered.  Once you are on target for your practical we will send housing leads to you.

While we cannot totally arrange for student housing we sure do our absolute best to assist you so that you have a safe and welcoming place to call your home-away-from-home.

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What are the entrance requirements? 

According to Wisconsin State Regulations, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass an ability to benefit test.  They must disclose if they have ever been convicted of a crime. 

RREI requires that students have a demonstrable interest in the profession, initiative and a willingness to learn with basic academic ability, and the manual dexterity and eyesight this meticulous field requires.

Each state has its own requirements that may differ greatly from Wisconsin's.  Does your state require licensing to be an Electrologist?  Click here to find out.

We would add that successful students are mature, self-motivating, have excellent study skills and a SENSE OF HUMOR.

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I am from the local  area, will you still train me?

Of course!   While we are always looking for superior employees, you must understand that by agreeing to train you does not mean you are guaranteed a job with us.  When we hire someone they must have the personality fit for the Institute in addition to having the best of the best of the best skill level. 

We believe the world should be overpopulated with Electrologist and welcome friendly competition as it benefits everyone.  Unlike some programs, we never surprise our students or graduates with non-compete or restricted practice agreements.

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The program sure sounds exactly like what I'm looking for but how much does it cost?

The total cost for our 600 hour program is $9,121 and includes all of your textbooks, supplies and student kit.  We do not charge any additional fees for designing a custom program for out-of-state-students if they need 600 hours of training or less.  The application and enrollment package fee is $25.  The total cost for the 600 hour program is $9,121.  We do offer discounts for groups or family members and a referral program.  Call for details. 

We do still offer a 450 hour basic program as well.  This program's total cost is $6,997.  You would qualify for Wisconsin State Electrologist Licensure Board exams if you successfully complete this program.

The shortest program we offer is 325 hours.  This program is designed for those students from unlicensed states who need to prepare for the national certification tests offered by the American Electrology Association (CPE Examination) or the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal (CCE Exam).  The total cost for 325 hours of training is $4,550.

If you only require the theory portion of training (for example to earn enough hours to apply for board exams) the cost is $2,500

If you wish to do comprehensive preparation for one of the national written exams such as the CPE exam, the cost for 150 hours of preparation is $1,500. 

If you wish to do a quick 50 hour CPE preparation/review the cost is $500.  Contact us for details on test preparation programs.

If you require additional hours to satisfy your state requirements we will adjust the tuition accordingly. 

We offer discounts for groups of candidates or family members who plan to train together and a referral program.  Please contact us for details.  You may download an Institute application form here.

We'll match tuition offers from comparable state-licensed schoolsWe are often contacted by students who opted to go to what seemed like the same but cheaper program and now regret their choice and need additional training. 

 

We want you to love your choice of schools AND we want you to have the highest level of education possible.

 

If you've been accepted to a comparable state-licensed program and price is the only thing keeping you from choosing River Rock, we'll match their tuition offer, ask us for details.

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We utilize state-of-the-art epilators from Dectro capable of doing all modalities of electrolysis and fully stocked treatment rooms.

 

What type of equipment do we train on?

We utilize a variety of equipment depending on the modality or type of lessons we are studying.  We employ state-of-the-art epilators featuring the Apilus Senior II capable of performing all three modalities--you won't find antique equipment here!  We utilize dry heat sterilizers and ultrasonic cleaners in addition to our ergonomically advantageous treatment and operator chairs.

If you have a particular epilator you know you will be working on after graduation, you will bring it with you and we will customize your training utilizing your machine ensuring you are ready to work effectively right after graduation. 

Our graduates are knowledgeable and are able to skillfully work with any machine after graduation including completely manual and computerized machines.  Think of this skill like driving a car, once you know how to drive, you can operate any model of car, you will just have to become familiar with its particulars.    

If you plan to use a specific epilator we are happy to train you on it so you'll be ready to start work as soon as possible after graduation.  We will work with you to ensure your training is relevant to your particular needs and situation.  To see our equipment specifications click here.

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Austa Clark Memorial Grant Program

for former or current public or private school teachers.

Hildegard Hodges Memorial Grant Program for nurses, doctors, dentists or those employed in other allied health professions.

 

Ripple Effect Professional Pool Renewal Grant for candidates who will be joining an existing Electrology practice.

 

The Institute Patriots Grant Program for those who have served in the military or are dependents of those who serve our nation in the Armed Forces.

 

Becky Wintrone Memorial Grant Program

designed to make training more affordable for working mothers.

 

 

Do you offer any types of financial aid?

Due to recent changes in Federal legislation, Sallie Mae and most other sources no longer offer student loans for non-degree programs such as career and technical training that does not lead to a 2 or 4 year degree. 

However, you may want to check with your local bank and credit unions to see what they have to offer.  Your bank or credit union may need the following information about career and technical training such as ours; we are a Wisconsin state licensed Electrology school, we do not have Federal Department of Education recognized accreditation (we do not offer 2 or 4 year degree programs) because we operate on a clock hour basis to prepare students for professional licensure. 

We offer several grant programs that can assist with tuition costs.  See the column at left or visit our course documents page to download applications and read the requirements for our grants. 

Grants never need to be repaid as they are scholarship awards so your tuition is reduced accordingly.  Each grant has its own requirements please read the application forms for more info.  Application for a grant does not guarantee automatic acceptance for the grant nor does it guarantee how much the grant award may be if you do earn a grant.  Grants are free money so we advise all students to apply to any they feel they are qualified for.

Some of our graduates report that they were able to secure special financing for a lump sum amount from their credit card companies.  We do accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover and you can certainly charge your tuition. Contact their customer service to inquire about special financing offers.  

Also be sure to check MBNA for their loan offerings:  http://www.mbna.com/loans/money_4college.html they often have great rates. 

Capital One has several loan offerings:  http://www.capitalone.com/personalloans/?linkid=WWW_1208_PERS_A1070BFBFCFB8DFBEE142DF0_HOME_H1_16_T_PL1  they often have great rates.  We recommend you check with your local bank and credit unions to see what options maybe available to you. 

Wells Fargo also offers a personal loan and a line of credit that might work for you: https://www.wellsfargo.com/personal_credit/ for more information.

We recommend you check with your local bank and credit unions to see what options maybe available to you.  One of our local credit unions is the Royal Credit Union and they also offer a variety of funding options such as home equity lines of credit and signature and personal loan options.  You can visit them at www.rcu.org for more info.

Discover Financial services the backer of the Discover card is also offering a new student loan program you may want to look into, click the Discover logo for more information. 

We offer the  Austa Clark Memorial Grant Program for former public or private school teachers, and the Hildegard Hodges Memorial Grant Program for former nurses or allied health professionals.  If you are a military service person or dependent you may be eligible to apply for the Institute Patriots Grant Program

If you will be working for an existing Electrology practice after graduation or replacing an existing Electrologist (for example if you are going to take over your mother's Electrology practice as she is retiring) we also offer the Ripple Effect Professional Pool Renewal Grant

Grants vary in amount.  Awards are determined on need, merit as judged by the essay requirement, and availability of the scholarship fund.  They never need to be repaid as they are scholarship awards. 

Some of our students report they were able to finance their education using home equity loans and were able to deduct the interest on this type of loan.  You may want to check with your bank or credit union to see what options you have for this as well.

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I have a learning disability, physical disability, mental disability--will I be able to make it in Electrology or school?

A physical, mental, or learning disability is NOT an automatic exclusion from school and may not be an impediment to success in hair removal.  Only you can decide if your personal situation will be compatible with this career field and the type of training it requires.  We are happy to discuss your options and personal situation with you and can skills test as needed. 

We do not discriminate on any basis.  We do encourage you to be open and honest about your situation so we can best assist you in your studies and help you be as successful in your theory and practical studies as possible.  If you know you have a special learning need or other challenge, please inform us as soon as possible.  There are many modifications we can make and supports we can employ to better meet your needs.  Proactive students and candidates tend to do better.

We do work to set our students up for success.  Electrology is a field that by its nature does require EXCELLENT fine motor skills and very good eyesight.  Electrolysis that is not safely and skillfully done can seriously injure and scar someone.  The risks to a potential client posed by someone who does not have a steady hand and great eye-hand coordination are significant.  If you do not have either of these two skills it will also be very difficult for you to pass your Board examinations.

If you are unable to comprehend and follow complex sequential directions, are not able to work independently without supervision, require external motivation, or other supports or supervision to work safely; then Electrology might be a difficult field for you. 

Board exams are both written and practical demonstrations in many states.  You would need to be able to perform the entire treatment sequence from set-up to clean-up and perform a consultation from memory to pass the examinations.  These are high pressure situations.  While our training is designed to prepare the average candidate for these situations, if you have reason to believe you may need extra assistance let us know as soon as possible.  If you have difficulty performing well in high pressure situations you will need to consider that issue as you decide if Electrology training is right for you.

Most graduates open their own businesses immediately after graduation and/or licensure is granted (where required).  Thus, there isn't a supervisor around to double check your set-up or work to ensure client safety.  This requires a great deal of confidence in your skills and aptitudes to be successful AND to be safe as a professional Electrologist.

We have had students with learning challenges such as Dyslexia, mental and emotional challenges such as OCD, depression, and anxiety, and students with physical issues such as severe Diabetes and Raynaud's Syndrome successfully complete our training program, pass their board exams, and they were able to own and operate successful Electrology businesses.  What they had in common was the desire to work hard and the drive to do their very best--now that's our kind of student.

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What do I need to do to get started?

Download an application form.  Complete your application and submit it no later than 4 weeks before the start of the next class session for the traditional program along with your application and enrollment package fee ($25). 

If you are interested in e-Learning then submit your application at any time.  If interested in the fully onsite program contact us to determine availability.  If accepted you will be notified and sent an enrollment agreement.  If you want to be considered for transfer credit, be sure to include current copies of all transcripts and other documentation along with your application. 

Once accepted, complete the Student Contract and return it with your tuition deposit (1/2 of the tuition due) before the start of the next class session, or before online training begins for the e-Learning program.  When your student contract and deposit is received, your position in class is confirmed.  The remainder of tuition is due the first day of class onsite for the traditional program or online work for e-Learning.  Click here for an Application for Admission form you can print out at home then fill out and send in. 

It is in PDF form so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program you can click here to download. 

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When can I begin!?

The Class Schedules  for the traditional all onsite program and general schedule information for all onsite traditional programs and e-Learning can be accessed here

Please note that our e-Learning option is conducted with open enrollment, that means you can start the theory at any time and all practicals are individually scheduled so the course schedule does not apply to your application status.  Click here for an Application for Admission form you can print out at home then fill out and send in. 

It is in PDF form so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program you can click here to download.  .  

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This is our Wall of Fame featuring some of our graduates and their businesses. 

 

We are equipped with notebook computers and DVD players for student use.  Our building has wireless internet connectivity--bring your laptop if you have one!

Wondering if e-Learning is right for you?

 

Consider taking one or more of the self-assessments below to determine if you are ready for online learning.  The links below will take you offsite to the quizzes:

 

Quiz #1 A light-hearted, but valuable self test from Minnesota Online.

 

Quiz #2 A bit shorter, but useful too

 

We've found that adults can read a chapter and complete homework at home in their living room just as easily as in a classroom.

 

Remember at RREI, you always have the option of joining a traditional class if you find e-Learning doesn't fit your needs.

 

I'm skeptical about doing e-Learning I've heard online learning doesn't "work" how is it possible to learn without sitting in a classroom?

 

By 2006, nearly 3.5 million students were participating in on-line learning at institutions of higher education in the United States  according to the Sloan Consortium.  Many higher education, for-profit institutions, now offer online classes. Online education is rapidly increasing, and online doctoral programs have even developed at leading research universities says author Hebert, D. G. (2007) in his article “Five Challenges and Solutions in Online Music Teacher Education".  For those of you who haven't taken any of the modern e-Learning classes or aren't computer whizzes the idea of online learning can be almost unimaginable.  Many picture lonely days with a pen and paper at the kitchen table like old fashioned correspondence courses with no one around to help you.  With modern technology however, it is not like that at all. 

 

With a little patience it is easy for a VERY novice computer user to be comfortable quickly and actually have fun!

 

In many ways, however, the two kinds of learning experiences aren't so different. Remember we are only doing the theory part online--that would be like the lectures and homework you would do in a traditional class.  All the experiential learning like labs and hands-on portions you are going to do when you come to campus.  Just like you would at a brick-and-mortar class, you have the ability to peruse a lesson and go over the resources and review the a syllabus for a guide. You'll study textbooks, write papers, take exams, and engage in lively debates with other students, all guided by your live teacher. You'll network with graduates and future colleagues.  So how does distance education differ from that of students enrolled in campus-based classes?

 

Time is money as the old adage goes, "And the more time you spend in a classroom, the less time you'll have for working or spending time with your family. It's much easier to fit online courses--which usually let you schedule your own lessons--into your agenda... Another plus to online training is that you can work at your own pace. In a classroom, the pace is dictated by the trainer and, to a lesser extent, the other students taking the course. If you're already familiar with part of the training, you can spend the time you'd normally spend in a classroom going over material you already know on something more challenging."  Jul 1, 2005; DeRouen

According to US News and World Report 10/15/2001 edition, author Margaret Loftus, shows us that "there are individuals who actually prefer to interact with teachers and fellow students online.  In a real (traditional) classroom, a few students may dominate the discussions, and shy individuals don't stand a chance.  By contrast, both the pushy and shy can easily speak up online. And because E-students tend to reflect more before participating, their viewpoints often contain more logic and coherence than those expressed in campus-based classrooms. Says Mahony, "People are extremely open; they're not overprotective of themselves." Just like anywhere else on the Web, says Syracuse's DeRossi, "the whole faceless thing helps people [reveal] problems that they wouldn't tell their best friend."

With instant messaging, conference calls, and e-mail you have access to your teacher virtually 24/7 not just during class.  You have the ability to master the material rather then just get through it because you will work at your own pace. 

You will receive more personal one-on-one attention because you won't get lost in a group, your instructor spends time working just with you whenever you need it.  With really fun games and interesting interactive activities you won't be bored and drift off during class.  Our scheduling tools help you stay on time and on target--a nice advantage for those who tend to procrastinate! 

E-learning allows our students to come to campus much better prepared so they feel less stressed out.  They don't get thrown in to doing treatments and seeing clients before they even know what the concepts are and get overwhelmed.  This makes e-Learning much less stressful then trying to be immersed in learning everything all at once like many traditional programs do.   Testimonials

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What about this Multiple Needle thing?  Is it a modality I should know and actually do?

Multiple needle electrolysis was developed by Henry Kree in 1916 as a way to help speed up the galvanic electrolysis--the only method (also called modality) of electro-epilation at that time; he wanted to speed it up because it took up to six minutes PER hair.  The probes (also called needles) hang from wires suspended from a rack above the client.  Thus if you were doing face work you would have 16 needles suspended over your face.  It is definitely not a common method nationwide but you'd still see it occasionally.  You should understand can get GREAT results with any modality as long as you are a skilled operator.

Multiple Needle (MLN) is NOT a modality.  MLN is an old-fashioned technique or machine for delivering a modality.  It is generally used for delivering the galvanic modality because most modern Blend applications are 4-25 seconds so the multiple insertion time would be rather wasted and not a time saver.  Galvanic on the multiple needle machines takes between 2-6+ minutes per hair of current delivery.  Thermolysis the third modality and is a much faster delivery, sometimes a fraction of a second so it wouldn't make sense to deliver it with this method.  Much like a mini-van is a type of vehicle not the only way to get the kids to school and if you can drive a Honda you'd get the hang of a Ford pretty easily. 

As all manufacturers have CEASED production of multiple needle machines with the exception of one very small manufacturer; students are obviously extremely limited as to what modern multiple needle (MLN) machines are available on the market and as such; we do not typically train on the multiple needle technique of galvanic any longer since they generally will not be using that older technology in actual practice.  We do utilize the more modern single needle galvanic techniques. 

If you plan to use a particular multiple needle capable machine (or any other epilator) we are happy to train you on it so you'll be ready to start work as soon as possible after graduation.  We will work with you to ensure your training is relevant to your particular needs and situation.  To see our equipment specifications click here.

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I'm not a computer whiz, how much do I need to know to do online learning?

This is an important question!  For online theory work you need access to a computer that has a windows operating system (like XP, or Vista, etcetera--if you only have MAC access call the Institute to see what compatibility issues you would face).  You need speakers or headphones so you can hear sound.  You also need a high speed internet connection such as DSL or cable internet access.  You will need Microsoft Word, the word processing program from the Microsoft Office suite of program, it comes preinstalled on many computers.  If you don't have Word, we can also work with you to utilize free programs such as OpenOffice.

The skills you would need are the ability to send and receive e-mail, to add an "attachment" or file to an e-mail, and to open and save files to your computer.  You need to be able to follow written and oral directions carefully. 

For all the rest we have excellent tutorials to guide you in learning and can help you each step of the way.  We have had students who were using their very first computer and were in their 50's but with patience, a great sense of humor, and a willingness to learn they did great in our e-Learning program.  Remember we have live instructors available to assist you if you have questions or need help.

What our Graduates Say About RREI

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I'm in my 50's+ and haven't been in school for years is it too late to start a career in electrolysis?

Goodness no!  We have had successful students from 18 years old right out of high school to people in their 60's after a full career and home life who have wanted to try something new!  The average Electrologist comes to the profession 35-45 years old with a strong history of work experience, often in the business world, teaching, cosmetology, or allied health such as nursing.  Age is never an impediment to the desire to work hard and learn something new. 

Even if it has been forever since you were in school you will find that in a few lessons you are right back in the swing of things.  Some would even say it is easier to do school now with all that life experience to assist you even more.

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I'm a male, how come when I look online at all the sites I only see ladies in the field--will you train me?

While the field today is dominated by females, many of the "experts" in the field are men.  Michael Bono, Fino Gior, Wisconsin's own Dr. James Shuster, and Arthur Hinkel all helped to define the field as we know it and all were male. 

There are definitely practicing male Electrologists so you would not be alone in the field; it is rather like nursing and dental hygiene, it just happens that many of the technicians in Electrology are female.  We are happy to train male students and have done so successfully.  Your gender or gender identity is not an issue for us at the Institute.  We welcome all students. 

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I'm already a licensed nurse/dental hygienist/cosmetologists/massage therapist, do I have to retake all the basics--has human anatomy really changed in the last 10 years?

Unlike some programs, we have carefully calculated the actual hours and crafted resulting time appropriate lessons for each of the required subject areas.  Instead of just covering a textbook and claiming to do all studies simultaneously, we have broken each area into specific lessons and activities. 

Thus for each student we can evaluate their prior training and match those items that apply to state requirements and offer you transfer credit for them. This reduces your training hours as well as your tuition for the program--we don't expect you to pay for hours you aren't contracted for. 

Courses must be a very close match to state requirements, have adequate documentation of completion such as a transcript and hourly breakdown of the training, and current verifiable contact information for the training facility.  We will still cover the basic information for these areas so your knowledge is refreshed and updated, but you would not be responsible for the ancillary materials and lessons someone without prior training would be. 

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What's with the owl at school?

It has been said that every school needs an owl.  This is our Athena.  As one of our staff members was afraid of owls, we started dressing her to make her more palatable and a tradition was born.   

The owl is accepted as a universal symbol for wisdom and knowledge and as such makes an excellent symbol and emblem for a center of learning. It must be remembered that the owl was the symbol of Athena, who was not only the goddess of wisdom, but was also the goddess of arts, science, and other skills including warfare. 

The owl has exceptional vision and sense of hearing. Also known as the Night Eagle, it symbolizes wisdom and the ever important ability to visualized amazingly well and focus clearly despite darkness.  A skill all Electrologist aspire to.              

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