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Objective of Field

The primary purpose of this course is to train the student in the basic manipulative skills, safety, work habits, desirable attitudes, attendance, and technical knowledge necessary to obtain licensure and competency in entry-level positions in cosmetology and cosmetology related fields.

Certification Tests

  • State Board Examination (upon completion of required hours)
  • National Occupational Testing Institute (NOCTI) Exam
  • OSHA Cosmetology Certification

Planned Courses

THEORY will consist of 150 hours of instruction :

  • Orientation, Career Information, Laws - 49 Hours
  • Cosmetology Sciences  - 101 Hours

HAIR CARE Unit will consist of 675 hours of instruction: 

  • Shampooing, rinsing and conditioning – 50 hours
  • Hair styling – 100 hours
  • Hair cutting – 200 hours
  • Hair coloring – 150 hours
  • Chemical Texture Services – 175 hours

The SKIN CARE Unit will consist of 209 hours of instruction:

·Histology of the skin - 15 hours

  • Hair removal - 10 hours
  • Facials - 159 hours
  • Facial makeup - 25 hours

NAIL CARE Unit will consist of 200 hours of instruction:

  • Nail structure and growth  - 10 hours

·Manicures and pedicures – 150 hours

  • Advanced nail techniques – 25 hours
  • Nail art/airbrushing – 15 hours

SALON BUSINESS will consist of:

  • Going into business for yourself – 6 hours
  • Operating a successful salon – 3 hours

OTHER COURSES will consist of:

  • Selling in the salon – 3 hours
  • Preparing for licensure – 24 hours
  • Preparing for employment  - 2 hours

·You are on your way (seeking employment) – 2 hours

  • Doing it right – 2 hours
  • Moving from school to work – 2 hours
  • Out in the real world – 1 hour
  • Managing your money – 1 hour
  • Discover the selling you – 1 hour
  • On your way (on the job) – 1 hour

Employment/Job Outlook

Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, and shampooers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth rates will vary by specialty.

Employment of barbers is projected to grow 7 percent, slower than the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair-care services.

Employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 16 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has increased in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.  

Employment of shampooers is projected to decline 9 percent as more barbers, hairdressers, and hairstylists perform shampooing services themselves. 

Entry Level

2-Year Post-Secondary Education

Salon Assistant
Nail Technician

Cosmetology Teacher License
Esthetic Skin Care
Specialized Business Degree
Massage Therapy
Make-up Artist


How to Find Out More

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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Good attendance – 1,250 hours (required by the State Board of Cosmetology)
  • Good work ethic – must be able to self-direct
  • Hand/eye coordination
  • Be able to read and follow manufacturer’s directions
  • Read and understand state laws, rules, and regulations governing the profession
  • Excellent professional attitude and image
  • Follow shop rules
  • Follow all safety recommendations
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Physical endurance for standing in place for long periods of time