Disclaimer and Terms of Use

The information, classes, and courses provided on this website and any of our literature are intended for informational purposes only, and the information provided in them is designed to inform students and others to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

The information and opinions expressed on this website provided should be examined in the light of individual case evaluations by local doctors. The website developers, the USTI®, and its affiliated companies take no responsibility whatsoever for the consequences experienced by the students or patients who may use the information provided on this website, classes, courses, or literature. Please note that we do not claim to cure each and every case, nor do we guarantee any magical cure. No products, services, education taught, or education regarding or claims made about specific products and treatment programs and lasers on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease or illness. Educational and products and technologies (e.g. Laser) taught have results vary by person. Before using any information or products, you should consult with your physician. USTI® does not recommend using products or lasers on anyone under 18 years of age, that is pregnant, nursing or undergoing any serious medical treatment for any reason, unless specifically directed by their physician.

It is considered that the user has read and agreed to this disclaimer when one uses the literature on this site and the online treatment option. USTI® makes no claims to any of the education, classes, courses, laser, or products it teaches or recommends.

The information and education provided by USTI® are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. USTI® Board members have extensive trichology and medical backgrounds. However, USTI® makes no claims that anyone can treat or cure any medical disease, including hair loss. Anyone purchasing products of classes from USTI® should consult local city, state, and federal and foreign governments regarding their ability or legality to help clients in any way. These pieces of training and educational materials are not a substitute for the advice and treatment of a physician or proper licenses or degrees.

Transfer Fee
There is a $100 class transfer fee should you cancel within the 2 weeks prior to the class start date and a $200 class transfer fee should you cancel within 5 days to the class start date. There is no guarantee that any future classes will have availability but each class does have a waiting list available.

AMCA Exam Rules

  • Students attending a USTI virtual course must be paid in full to register for their AMCA exam.
  • Each student must also be registered for their AMCA exam one week prior to the USTI course start date in order to take their exam right after the class.
  • Each course has a pre-scheduled 7–10-day testing window post-class to take their exam each month so ProctorU is able to pre-schedule and monitor each student’s AMCA exam.
  • If the student does not register for their exam one week prior to the class start date, they will not be able to take their AMCA exam until 7 days after they register, and it still must be in the 7-10 post-course testing window after the exam.
  • If the student misses the pre-scheduled testing window, they will have to wait until next month or another month’s pre-scheduled testing window provided by AMCA and ProctorU.

Class Rules
The USTI Educator will make sure these important points below are discussed prior to starting the virtual class so each attendee is aware of how the class will be conducted and how you will be responding to student questions and concerns. These rules were created and put into place to ensure each student receives full detailed teaching by the Educator with few interruptions. USTI reserves the right to hold or remove any attendee from any USTI class should these rules below not be followed. Should the attendee not agree or follow the class rules they will be removed from the class.

  1. All student’s mics will be turned off during class presentation– The organizer & presenter have the control of turning all other mics off. Whoever the Educator is during the class will need to make sure this is done and turned off.
  2. NO disruptions during the class presentation- This is not a time for student-to-student discussion. The educator has a timed agenda to follow for all USTI classes. If the student does have a question, it needs to be noted by the student and presented to the Educator during the correct time (Q&A class discussion.
  3. GoToMeeting chatbox- The chat box is to ONLY be used during Educator-approved class discussion and Q&A time. USTI will allow the few students that do not have a microphone to use the provided chat box so they are able to ask questions, etc.

Q&A Rules
Non-USTI students have been logging into USTI Q&As and wasting our Student’s time.
Anyone logging into the USTI Q&A must type in their full name as they register with USTI. Anyone who doesn’t will be terminated out of the Q&A.

Standard USTI Q&A
To attend the weekly USTI Q&A, you will need to meet the following criteria. Due to the high volume of fundamental questions in the Q&A, we have added some restrictions and guidelines that each attendee must follow when attending the intermediate or advanced Q&A. The goal of our weekly Q&A is to provide advanced knowledge and information to help each student further their Trichology education.

Each attendee must have completed a USTI virtual or online class and finished it within two years and still be registered as an active USTI member.
Completing the USTI Continuing Education course is a prerequisite for keeping your USTI certificate and membership active and valid for two more years.
All USTI students who have become Retail/Signature salons or HLCC affiliates with XTC/HLCC remain eligible as long as they are active.
If we have many requests for a once-a-month basic Q&A, we will consider it. Send emails to info@ https://ustrichology.org/

Q&A Class Level Scale:
Basic – I don’t know the basics taught in the one—and two-day class, and I need to rewatch the free online videos to refresh my memory before asking questions that most of the Students on the Q&A already know.

Intermediate – I can speak and understand the basics of hair loss, including how alopecia is present on the head, its causes, and the definition of alopecia reasonably well. I can provide the basic information from the client’s consolation form, with photos to help with the possible diagnosis from the USTI educator.

Advanced – I can speak and understand the most common and less common alopecia and scalp conditions, how they present on the head, and their causes. I have current clients who are seeking help or a professional opinion. I want to further advance my services, especially in microneedling and professional growth factors.

Disclaimer of Liability 
The user assumes all responsibility for the use of this website. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall the USTI® or anyone else involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages or lost profits that result from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites which are linked to this site, including, but not limited to, reliance by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website; or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access.

Confidentiality and Copyright Notice
This page and any accompanying documents contain information that is copyrighted and confidential, privileged, or exempt from disclosure under applicable law and is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee. This information is private and protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the contents of this information in any manner is strictly prohibited. The information provided in this email is for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider who is familiar with your medical history with any questions you may have concerning a medical condition. I agree that all pictures, descriptions, videos, audios, and recordings of the classes, I attend will become the property of USTI® and may be copyrighted unless I specifically notify them in writing well before the class I attend as it may be planned to be taped for yours and others education and training purposes. I, Consent to the use of photographs or video footage for use on the US Trichology Institute’s website, in newsletters, and publications as well as for distribution to members. I further understand and authorize the use of these referenced materials to promote current and future events on the US Trichology Institute’s website and other media avenues. I understand that this consent may be withdrawn by me at any time, upon written notice (via email is accepted) to the US Trichology Institute’s Admissions Office. I give this consent voluntarily.

No medical advice, state, or governmental accreditation
USTI® provides training that we feel is the best available, and even though some of our trainers may have state education training or certifications, however, USTI® does not claim to provide any city, state, US government, foreign government or medical accreditation or licensing.
We only provide certifications about the knowledge we teach. Most of our Course are certified by the American Medical certification association who certificate number medical certification for several states, this however doesn’t in any way imply that USTI or AMCA certification in Trichology gives you any ability to do anything in any state or country that requires cosmetic or medical licensure. Specifically, USTI or AMCA certification does not allow you to do any cosmetic service or medical services, these are only granted by the appropriate city, state or governmental body that governs your area. Trichology, again depending on your local laws that we do not claim to know, helps you have knowledge to better recommend cosmetic solutions (not medical solutions) and better educate your clients to their needs and explain (not diagnose, medical treat or cure) the current situation on their head and scalp. The information posted here, in our training materials or elsewhere by USTI® or any third party should not be considered medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified medical health professionals. USTI® does not answer specific questions on treating hair loss only helping you understand it, so you can make cosmetic recommendations. USTI® expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in this information and materials. Any recommendations of Trichologists or graduates by USTI is purely for cosmetic not medical reasons. No warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, is given in conjunction with the information and materials. Your response to this information and material is entirely beyond USTI®‘s control and USTI® rejects any responsibility/liability for your actions, and any subsequent actions by other persons at your behest, directly or indirectly associated with this USTI® website and the information and material posted here.

No Medical Training or implication of you being able to provide Medical Treatments
Hair Loss Practitioner, Hair Loss Specialist, Associate Trichologist, Trichologist, etc. are Industry terms, referred to by many within the Cosmetic and Beauty Industries. By no means does USTI® imply that you are participating in any form of medical or licensed cosmetic training or training to provide medical or licensed cosmetic services and/or practices to your clients; by your participation in our business development training seminars. Our cosmetic business development course(s), strictly provides educational business development training, and varying by city, state, may require a city, state or us or foreign government license to perform the medical or cosmetic Hair Loss Services that we referenced in our courses and materials. USTI® makes no claim(s) or representation in knowing the individual City, State, Government, or Country licensing requirements, within the territory you may provide Cosmetic Services. Again, each area has its own laws for everything, and USTI® does not claim these classes are cosmetology, medically or otherwise sanctioned in any way, in any area. You may learn about treatment strategies, for example, that only doctors, cosmetologist or estheticians can provide in your area, in order to refer clients for further evaluation. The treatment services and/or strategies that you may be provided in our seminars or classes may have specific professional licensing requirements, to meet the authorities’ legal requirements to provide such services. These legal requirements may vary by your professional licensing Board of regulations, within your area of expertise. Please check your local city, county, state, and Country Laws and legal requirements before you provide any services that may be referenced in our seminars. It is further agreed that USTI® educational sponsored business development course(s), do not provide for Continued Education Units or credits, nor is it recognized by any City, State, Federal, or Government licensing board(s) or affiliation(s). All third-party certifications are administered by the American Medical Certification Association. The Associate in Associate Trichologist is a lower form of a Trichologist and does not imply any type or form of college or other degree of any kind.

USTI® Graduates and Members Notice and Disclaimer
The Graduate and Members databases are produced by the USTI® as references of professional information on individual USTI® Members who have successfully completed the course of study of each of the different business development classes. The word Graduate means only that the person completed USTI®’s course of study for that class and does not imply any degrees or credits from any city, state, county, country, or other institution, education or not, just USTI® class completion. The USTI® databases are only intended to provide the public with quick access to information on USTI® Members who have successfully completed the course of study for the different classes or are members. Neither this list nor database nor any of their listings, data, or other elements may be downloaded, duplicated, or republished, in whole or in part, for commercial purposes, for purposes of compiling mailing lists, or for any other purposes without the prior express written permission of the USTI®. Although USTI® uses its best efforts to keep the information contained in its Graduate and Members database accurate, the USTI® does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or fitness for a particular purpose of the information contained in this database, website, or in any way endorse the individuals described therein. In no event, should you make a decision based on this Graduate and Members listing, the database of website material; and if no way shall the USTI® be liable for any decision made or action taken by a person or companies, etc. named in this Graduate and Members lists or database, or by the material on this site. By no means does USTI® imply that its members or graduates are participating in any form of medical training or training to provide medical services and/or practices to the public by their participation in our business development training seminars. USTI® makes no claim(s) or representation in knowing the individual City, State, Government, or Country licensing requirements, within the territory you reside and if its members or graduates may provide any services even cosmetic services. Again, each area has its own laws for everything, and USTI® does not claim these classes are cosmetology, medically or otherwise sanctioned in any way, in any area.

Testing is completed at the end of the Hair Loss Practitioner (chapter 1-14) and Associate Trichologist (chapter 15-30) courses in a supervised and written format. Online Courses can be done at your own pace, but the full Trichology course normally takes 3 months to 12 months. Should you need to go past 2 years there is a $75 re-enrollment fee. If you take an online course, you can either take your test at any one of the USTI in-person classes or at the USTI headquarters for free with advance notice.

Online Testing
Alternatively, online testing is through a proctored exam through the Gold standard of Proctoring ProctorU (use by most major universities) with an included cost associated: $35 Hair Loss Specialist, Hair Loss Practitioner, Associate Trichologist, more if expedited (less than 72 hr. notice additional fees may apply).

What is needed to complete the Complete Trichology Training
To be a Full USTI Trichologist, you need to complete the Hair Loss Practitioner 2-day in the classroom (chapter 1-14) or online and Associate Trichologist 3-day in-classroom class (chapter 15-30) or online courses, in addition to the Practical In-Clinic Training taught only in the classroom.

Shipping Disclaimer
Although it is not the norm for USTI® to charge for the shipping of course materials or certificates to students, there will be an additional cost applied when shipping materials outside of the continental USA. The cost will be calculated by USTI® and the student will be notified before being charged.

Product Exchanges or Returns
All classes, services, and products sold are final. However, USTI® strives for the utmost in customer satisfaction. If a problem occurs and you are not satisfied, please contact us. We will work with you to find a solution. We will work to exceed your expectations.

Class Start Times and Student Travel
Unless otherwise written, all classes start promptly at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with classrooms opening at 8:30 a.m. Students are advised to get to class earlier, as the day before the exam may start half an hour earlier or go a little later, depending upon the number of questions by the class (solely at the educator’s discretion.) On the last day of class, the test is expected to end at approximately 5 p.m. You may want to leave time within your travel arrangements, should you wish to purchase course completion patches, lab coats, posters, or scopes to help your business. Please make sure your flights and or travel arrangements allow you to have time to complete your test on the last day. Should you leave before the test on the last day, you may need to complete the test online, at an additional fee.

Registration, Membership Details & Disclaimers
All classes are limited to licensed cosmetologists and barbers, salon & spa owners, aestheticians, and other licensed professionals working in related medical communities. Membership is open to active cosmetology and barber students, in good standing, who plan to complete their training/licensing, within 1 year of taking the USTI® course; non-licensed stylists are excluded. Qualified applicants receive a FREE 6-month membership with registration. Members must adhere to USTI’s Code of Ethics below; terms and conditions apply; see www.ustrichology.org for more details.

USTI® will require the necessary documents, to validate that you meet the membership requirements, by a copy of your credentials. If you are not taking a class within the 6-month membership period, and not actively working on an online course for a Trichology certificate (full program paid in full, offers a 1-year USTI® membership), you will have to renew your membership prior to taking your next class with the same rules and credentialing requirements. Membership fees are renewed annually thereafter, based on the level of membership selection.

The class application/registration fee of $249 is to cover the registration cost and will be applied in full to your class tuition and is non-refundable, regardless of if you take the class or not. There is a $100 class transfer fee should you cancel within the 2 weeks prior to the class start date and a $200 class transfer fee should you cancel within 5 days to the class start date. There is no guarantee that any future classes will have availability, but each class does have a waiting list available. Class needs to be paid at minimum 2 weeks prior to the class date (unless otherwise agreed to a date on the first page. The Associate Trichologist class will review the areas tested in the comprehensive material that makes up this class. Ask your adviser about testing and receiving class material in advance of the class once paid in full. Trichology Certificate of completion is provided to those who complete test requirements; chapters 1-14 (Test 1) and 15-30 (Test 2), as well as the Practical in Clinic Training. All online testing is done through AMCA, the AMCA Certification is included. AMCA certification value is as follows USTI is Hair Loss Specialist $109, Hair Loss Practitioner $199, Associate Trichologist and Trichologist $299, Practical in Clinic Training $399.

Online testing as required by a ProctorU online proctoring service is included ($35). Proctoring requires 72-hour notice, or a fee applies for same-day or less than 72-hour notice of wanting to take the test. For the clinical 4-day class, Each student will complete and turn in (1) a research paper and (2) brief client case studies 2 weeks prior to attending this training. If the student’s case study is not submitted to their assigned sales rep by the date required a $75 late fee will be applied.

There is a mandatory registration deadline of every Thursday before the scheduled class date. For in-person exams, the deadline is 2 weeks prior to the class start date. Students have 90 days from the date of registration to complete all online courses. Students may request a 1-month extension provided the request is made BEFORE the training course expires. Expired courses, students who have left the employ of a company, or students who FAIL their final exam (see below) are NOT eligible for credit or refund of any kind, regardless of time spent in the course or time remaining. All online courses have a final exam. Students must receive a passing grade of 70 to be issued a certificate of completion. Exam retakes paid directly to AMCA will be HLSC -1-day $69.00, 2-day HLPC $89, 3-day ATC $109, 4-day TC $139. Students will be given 3 attempts to pass their final examination. If a student FAILS a final exam 3 times, they will be required to re-enroll in the course, pay all tuition, and complete all course (including time) requirements if they want to take the course online a second time. There is no credit or partial discount for failed exams or re-registration.

USTI classes are active for two years from the date you pass your exam.
Each student is currently NOT required to renew their certificate; however, USTI does highly recommend it for all USTI graduates at any level. Renewing your USTI certificate will allow you to be recognized as an actively certified USTI graduate. Also, you will have your name highlighted as active and receive the 1st referral over inactive Students. USTI provides an ongoing program that is required and available to all USTI graduates. The requirements needed for you to renew your certificate every two years will be 10 continuing education hours. Each available 5-hour certification class will cost between $299(ask about discounts), allowing you to renew your USTI certificate. If you wish to renew your AMCA required certificate, there is an additional cost of $111.

Starting September 1st, 2022, USTI will require all students to renew their certificates if it has been past the 2-year mark. All future USTI certificates will now have an expiration date matching the same date stated on your AMCA certificate. All USTI students certified before September 1st, 2020, will have a 1 year grace period to renew their certificate to keep it active. 

Should you have any questions regarding your certificate or how to renew it, please reach out to our admissions department at 518-386-6202 

USTI is currently seeking to have all previously attended USTI students renew their USTI and AMCA certificates.

Non-compete and USTI® Business Confidence policy
During my attendance and participation at USTI®’s privately sponsored business development seminars, it is agreed that I shall not directly compete or promote any products and/or services while attending any of USTI®’s sanctioned events.  It is further acknowledged and agreed that I shall not directly or indirectly solicit or induce any goods or services to USTI®’s attendees and/or educators as an attendee.

I acknowledge that USTI® prohibits recording seminar video, audio/voice recordings of an educator,  entity, subsidiary sponsor(s), and/or USTI®’s contracted participant(s). It is understood that should I participate in any of the aforementioned, that it will be considered in direct violation of USTI®’s business confidences and noncompete agreements.

I understand, that should I solicit any goods and or services, it will be considered a direct violation of this agreement, and failure to comply with these rules will result in my immediate expulsion from the USTI® event, prohibit any testing, and I will forfeit any seminar certificates.  In addition, it is understood, that I will be ineligible to participate in any future USTI®-sponsored business development classes.  All previous USTI® certificates and/or AMCA certifications will be revoked in my name and will be removed from the USTI® website.


You agree by taking a USTI class or using a USTI website and by placing any transactions on this website that every transaction or contract done with USTI. HLCC or XTC are governed under the law of New York State, Town of Colonie, County of Albany and any disputes must be resolved and enforced in this judicial jurisdiction. Both parties agree that this Agreement is binding in the United States and all foreign countries. USTI, HLCC or XTC may alternatively choose arbitration at is dictation and at the students cost. The proceedings shall be conducted in English and the site of the arbitration shall be Albany, County, Town of Colonie, New York. The arbitrator(s) shall be a member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association.


You agree by taking a USTI class or by using the USTI website and by placing any transactions with USTI or on its website that you shall defend, indemnify and hold Seller harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and expenses whatsoever, including without limitation all claims, damages, judgments, awards, settlements, investigations, costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees (collectively, “Claims”) which Seller may incur or become obligated to pay arising out of or resulting from the breach by Reseller , warranties, covenants, obligations, agreements or duties under this Agreement. This includes any commercial, or governmental claims, damages, judgments, awards, settlements, investigations.

USTI® Ethics & Professional Code
Every USTI® member should hold themselves to the highest level of professional conduct at all times. Every member will act as an ambassador to the Institute. Only approved members may take USTI® classes.
Members are entitled and encouraged to advertise their membership status with USTI® by using authorized logos and materials.
No member should ever conduct themselves outside the limits of their field of expertise of any education. This includes education from USTI® or other education they receive elsewhere be it cosmetology, medical or other. Each member agrees to always respect the confidentiality of a client. Always put the client’s needs first and keep up-to-date with the latest hair loss and scalp products and solutions.
No member or Graduate shall state or imply in any way that they have a degree, licensing or certification they do not have. Specifically, if you only have USTI certification you will not state or imply you have or any medical degrees or licensure, you will not refer to yourself as a doctor or Dr. (unless you have a medical doctors license). Additionally, if you have a doctorate in a field that is not a medial doctor degree you will not refer to yourself as Dr. or Hair Dr. (for example if you have a doctorate in philosophy).
Members should work with and support other members and never mislead or suggest they are superior to another member in any way. Any breach of these ethics may result in your dismissal and cancellation of your of your certification from both USTI and AMCA and your removal from our website and discontinuing of any benefits of being a certified usti or amca trichology student or graduate. USTI® is not responsible or liable for actions taken by any of its members and class graduates and expressly disclaims any and all liabilities for its members. Each member is obligated to know the laws in their own area. Each area has its own laws for everything and USTI® does not claim its classes are cosmetology, medically or otherwise sanctioned in any way, in any area. Therefore, students are 100% responsible for checking their local laws before doing anything taught or discussed in USTI® classes.
In extreme cases, if it is deemed that a member has breached this ethics code, USTI® has the authority to terminate membership, without refund, with a written explanation.


Disclaimer of Endorsements/Degrees, etc. for US Trichology, LLC’s (dba USTI®) Business Development Classes
This disclaimer is to reference any product, service, and/or hypertext link to a third party’s information, other information by trade name, trademark, or supplier, and otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by USTI®. USTI provides top-quality business development classes in the field of Trichology. USTI does not claim to be endorsed or accredited by any state, local or federal government, or government body, nor do we claim to provide, offer, or promote anything otherwise, than USTI’s business development classes. USTI® provides certificates for successful completion, participation, and trichology knowledge gained through USTI’s business development classes.  USTI® does not provide accredited degrees or diplomas of any kind. We are not and do not claim to be a college, post-secondary state educational school, high school, or any other accredited education entity.  USTI’s mission is to provide the highest quality business development education for its Trichology programs.  Additional certificates are provided by our third-party validation company AMCA (American Medical Certification Association) asserting the successful passing of the proctored trichology knowledge-based testing, associated with USTI’s business development classes.