It is unfortunate that what one really has to do is either find someone who is done and happy with the results, or just take a consultation and sample treatment from everyone in town until you find who is the best.
Although stuff on the walls shows the person has paid dues to an organization, maybe taken a voluntary test or two, and in licensed states, will show compliance with state regs, it doesn’t prove that the person is all that good. Although most tests do evaluate electrologist knowledge of the technical info (some tests are more secure from cheating than others) none of these tests actually makes you perform electrolysis in front of someone who evaluates your actual work. The CPE is at least the test that one would have the most trouble cheating on. It is given by the people who make the SAT. Other tests are just mailed around the country and it could be your Aunt’s best friend who is proctoring your test. <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Eek!]" src=“images/icons/shocked.gif” /> Even the states who license electrology don’t often require one to prove that one knows more than how to pass a written exam with no practical application. California is one state where one must at least make an insertion in front of a proctor, but that still doesn’t mean that you are all that great, it just proves you know where the follicle is. <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Embarrassed]" src=“images/icons/blush.gif” />
Since you are talking about the Chicago area, I would think that Andrea would be the best person to tell you who is good, if not the greatest <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src=“images/icons/grin.gif” />
<small>[ February 18, 2003, 01:49 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]</small>