As of July 2014, MAC changed their requirements for qualifying discounts recipients. A certificate of completion from any school (except those registered with them prior to the change of policy) and a business card (a cheap way of proving you're a business) simply does not qualify any longer. MAC has made it harder to apply for their discount card. Many people were taking cheap makeup classes to get a certificate that would regard them as Professionals to obtain a Pro Card. Makeup companies like MAC were losing too much money because they had to now offer discounts to anyone with a certificate. Tired of losing money, the company caught on to the fact and started requesting that anyone who applied must PROVE that they are PROFESSIONALS in the field of makeup. What is a professional? A professional is someone who is compensated for their skill or service in the profession of study. A lot of people go to college and obtain a degree and sometimes they don't put it to use. Am I correct? You can achieve a 4 year degree in architecture but if you have not pursued your career beyond graduation does it mean you are an architect? NO, in order to be a professional you must work, be compensated, or acquire the experience to have the title. Same thing applies here. Now, to obtain a discount card, you must PROVE you're a WORKING Makeup Artist and not simply applying to get a PROFESSIONAL discount card to feed your CONSUMER needs. These hard earned discount cards are meant for working professionals. It was the because of this scam people ran taking courses just for discounts that companies started to lose valuable retail market. Thanks to consumers in "Pro" disguises; we, real professionals now have to work harder to prove our legitimacy. Since learning the new change of policy for obtaining their pro card: we have taught our current students the proper steps to take to prove they're serious Makeup Artists and legitimate freelancers with active businesses. We now have an internship program to help those who are serious about their professional and earning their pro card accumulate qualifying hours, letters of recommendation, letters of reference, and certificates of recognition for their efforts and volunteer work. RESPONSE TO YOU SAYING WE LIED IN THE ASPECT OF THE CAPABILITY OF OBTAINING A DISCOUNT CARD THROUGH OUR COURSE WITH OUR CERTIFICATE: We do not not advertise ourselves as a "school" or "academy" or anything of that sort; and it is very much noted in our site and business name. We are a small business; a studio in which me practice teaching the art and science of makeup artistry. Here, in the state of California, a Makeup Certificate holds no significant value as our profession is not yet recognized or regulated by the State Board. If you or anyone who plans to enroll into our class just to obtain a certificate of completion, other than for means of recognition and lets us know about it, we ALWAYS discourage it. We take the time to learn about why you want to enroll in our course and why you want to become a Makeup Artist. You choose us as we choose you. We want to make the right business deal not just take your money like many other businesses or "schools." The only purpose of you coming to us is to LEARN. Our business has been around since late 2008 and our reputation means more to us than the face value of your tuition fees. We have survived many hurtles for a small business, including a recession, and WITHOUT ANY PAID ADVERTISING. We owe our success to the many students whom share their success stories with their friends, family, and clients. The very same students who are content with the knowledge they received through us and have practiced strong work ethic needed to strive in the makeup industry. We have plenty of students who are celebrity Makeup Artists now, who work in film, shoots, fashion shows, and run successful freelance business and have even open their very own studio. Our business continues to strive WITHOUT any paid advertising because of word-of-mouth. We are a very small studio and we are proud to continue our business on a small scale. We believe in the intimacy of our classes. Small classes build stronger artists. WHY YOU MAY HAVE BEEN DENIED YOUR CERTIFICATE: There are only 4 reasons why you may not receive your certificate of completion 1) You have not completed your course. In your enrollment contract (which you sign when you enroll) it is stated that one missed class will disqualify you from earning your certificate of completion. This should never be a reason to 2) You have not completed all assignments to fulfill the completion of the class. 3) You have not passed our exit exam. Each student must pass an exit exam. We work with each class to prepare you guys for this written and practical test. If you fail you are even given the opportunity to retake it, as many times as you need- at no extra fee. 4)We feel like you need additional training. We understand that 6-12 weeks is a short time for a beginner to fully capacitate themselves with a new learned skill. If your skill needs refining we commit ourselves to helping you achieve that- at NO EXTRA COST. WE DO NOT SELL CERTIFICATES. I apologize if you thought enrolling into our class would grant you a certificate without the work and passion behind it. We are aware that a certificate whether from a $100 school or a $35,000 school may mean nothing to the state of California, but we take pride in our certificate and it means something to potential employers.