Entry Guidelines & Details

Beacon At PBA Beauty Week

July 28-31, 2018


The Beacon Entry components, detailed below, prepare cosmetology graduates for successful job searches and careers.
Check out "What You Need To Enter" below to get started on your professional portfolio.

What you need to enter

Professional Resume

A crucial document for a professional trying to get their foot in the door, your resume holds high value in the judging process.
Click here for tips on writing your resume

Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation from a school administrator or professional. As a new job seeker, having a positive professional reputation in an important asset.
Click here for tips regarding your letter of recommendation

Portfolio of images

This is the perfect opportunity to start or add to your professional portfolio. Submit three (3) images showcasing your talent in your chosen career path.
Click here for tips on collecting images for your portfolio

Professional Marketing Piece

Here's your opportunity to be creative and tell future employers and clients who you are, what you can do and what your career goals are. Create a marketing piece to sell yourself as a future salon/spa professional or to sell/market an industry idea you are passionate about.
Click here for examples of professional marketing pieces

Entry Fee

$35 for PBA Student Members*
$50 for non-members**

The entry fee can be paid online by credit card at the time of entry, or can be paid after the entry is submitted only by a school administrator. Administrators will be invoiced directly and do not need to download and submit a school payment roster. Detailed payment instructions are provided during the online entry process.

*PBA member pricing is based on the student's membership status, not that of the school.
**To learn more about PBA's membership benefits and to become a member, please visit probeauty.org/membership.


A panel of top salon and spa owners, manufacturers and distributors from across the country judge and score all entries. Each component is weighted and combined for an overall score.

By submitting an application to the Beacon competition, 100 winners and 200 honorable mentions* will be chosen to attend PBA Beauty Week with specialized Beacon education in Las Vegas, Nevada.

*The top 100 scoring entries will receive an invitation to attend the live event with free tuition. The next 200 highest scores will be invited as honorable mentions and pay a discounted tuition fee of $199. Both winners and honorable mentions are responsible for registering for the program as well as booking and paying for all travel and hotel accommodations.

Watch this 10 minute video
for insider tips on creating a winning entry!


Beacon was an incredible experience! I loved getting to know successful industry professionals and connecting with them one-on-one. The non-stop education was truly inspiring."

- Paige Miller

Beacon Sponsors

Beacon is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.