Program Description:

The cosmetology course of study consist of 1600 clocked hours covering all phases of cosmetology, skin care, manicuring and pedicure mandated by the California State Department of Barbering and Cosmetology pursuant to section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. The course is designed to prepare the student to pass the California State Department of Barbering and Cosmetology licensing examination and to help the student to obtain the knowledge and skills needed for an entry level position in the beauty field. Passing the exam is a requisite in order to obtain a Cosmetology License. The license is a requirement to operate as a cosmetologist in the state of California

cosmetology program

Educational goals:

  • Learn the proper use of implements and techniques relative to all cosmetology services.
  • Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating the established California’s cosmetology practices.
  • Acquire business management techniques common to cosmetology
  • Provide a learning environment, in which students strengthen inner emotional controls, increase self-confidence and self-discipline, and establish a sense of dignity and self-worth
  • Present learning activities, which teach students to listen, observe, solve problems and develop manipulative skills.
  • Provide diverse instructional strategies, which meet students’ needs and learning styles.
  • Provide an opportunity to learn the basic skills of the trade together with the related scientific and technical knowledge of advancement necessary in the cosmetology field.
  • Provide productive experiences as nearly like those “on-the-job” as possible
  • Provide safety consciousness in the work environment
  • Promote interpersonal relationships, which are directed toward developing the ability to work cooperatively
  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop leadership abilities
  • Create a learning environment in which students will develop an appreciation for quality craftsmanship
  • Provide students with salable skills in the cosmetology field
  • Develop a positive work ethic and the self-discipline required for work and advancement in the industry.


After graduation, you will be facing a diversity of job possibilities including hairstylist, colorist, nail technician, educator, platform artist, or makeup artist. You may choose to work in an independent salon, a day spa, a national franchise, an independent chain, or you may even choose to be open your own salon at some point.

Instructional mode:

Technical instruction: is by way of instruction, demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, studying textbooks and related material, the writing of outlines, classroom use of audio and visual films, tapes, slides, projectors, computers, and examination.

Practical operations: is the actual performance by the student of complete services on another person or a mannequin.

Instructional techniques and methods: students will attend regularly scheduled theory classes (lecture), read assigned chapters of their text books, perform actual practical operations (services) on another person or a mannequin, and must take and pass assigned tests with a grade point average of 70% C or better.

The student will learn the technical techniques and methods of performing haircuts and styling, hair coloring, chemical applications, and hair removal, facials both manual and electrical, scalp and hair treatments, safety and sanitation requirements, men’s facial massage and treatments, barbering services, professionalism, ethics, personal grooming, dress, employer-employee relationships, personal and business ethics, customer relations and communication skills. Technical instruction will be provided to students in each skill prior to the student actually performing client services (practical operations).

Each unit of instruction is divided into six levels of instruction (1) Theory classes (lectures and demonstrations) (2) Theory testing (written and oral) (3) Practical operation demonstration (4) Practical operations on mannequin or other person (5) Complete operations performed on another person (6) Performance reviews (progress evaluations)

Course length: 1600 clock hours. You can attend as little as 10 hours per week or as much as 45 hours per week.

Prerequisite: None

Sequence of courses: Each class is an independent module.

Frequency of class: We offer the program on open-enrollment basis, so you may start any day you wish and you can complete your training on a flexible schedule.

Equipment / Supply List:

Text Book
Milady’s standard cosmetology, latest edition. Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning.
Notes from class lectures, supplemental material handed out in classes, school library and class demonstrations.

  • Carrying duffel bag
  • Hair cutting shear
  • Hair shaping razor
  • Cotton towels
  • Blood Exposure kit
  • Paper towels
  • First aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Simulated wave solution – fill with water
  • Simulated neutralizer – fill with water
  • End papers
  • Protective cream (Vaseline)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Tint bowls
  • Tint brushes
  • Bottle (s) / Jar (s)
  • Styling gel
  • Shampoo capes
  • Neck strips
  • Styptic powder
  • Cotton balls
  • Spray bottle
  • Portion cups
  • Scotch tape
  • Hospital EPA solution
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Wooden spatulas
  • Shaving cream
  • Straight styling combs
  • Foam wedges
  • Plastic spatula
  • Processing cap
  • Round thermal brush
  • Paddle brush
  • Duckbill clips
  • Sectioning clips
  • Clipper & trimmer
  • Aluminum foils
  • Mannequin heads (100% human hair)
  • Thermal curling iron
  • Practice hands
  • Polymer, monomer, and primer for sculptured nails
  • Shampoo combs
  • Tapered barber combs
  • Cutting combs (flat top or buzz)
  • Styling cape
  • Butterfly clips
  • Cotton coil
  • Perm rods
  • Nail forms
  • Nail tips
  • Dappen dishes
  • Files and buffers
  • Oil
  • Base coat, top coat, red polish, polish remover
  • Hair band
  • Sponges, gauze, cotton rounds
  • Wet steam towel
  • Facial cleanser
  • Exfoliation product
  • Implement for exfoliation
  • Massage product
  • Astringent or toner

Learning Subjects:

Subjects Breakdown Technical Instruction Min. Practical Operations
Health and Safety
Laws and Regulations The subjects of Laws and Regulations shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and Board’s Rules and Regulations 20
Health and Safety Considerations The subject of Health and Safety shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Cosmetology chemistry including the chemical composition and purpose of cosmetic, nail, hair and skin care preparations. Elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels and chemical and physical changes of matter. Hazardous substances including training in chemicals and health in establishments, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, ergonomics, theory of electricity in cosmetology, bacteriology, communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and staph and Material Safety Data Sheets 45
Disinfection and Sanitation The subject of Disinfection and Sanitation shall include, but is not limited to the following techniques and procedures: Disinfection and sanitation including proper procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. Proper disinfection procedures for equipment used in establishments.
Disinfection shall be emphasized throughout the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment.
Anatomy and Physiology The subjects of Anatomy and Physiology shall include, but is not limited to the following issues: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology. 20
Hair Dressing
Hair Styling The subject of Hairstyling shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Hair analysis, shampooing, finger waving, pin curling, comb outs, straightening, waving, curling with hot combs and hot curling irons and blower styling. 65 240
Permanent Waving & Chemical Straightening The subject of Permanent Waving and Chemical Straightening shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Hair analysis, acid and alkaline permanent waving, chemical straightening including the use of sodium hydroxide and other base solutions. 40 105
Hair Coloring and Bleaching The subject of Hair Coloring and Bleaching shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures (also including, the use of semi-permanent, demi-permanent and temporary colors): Hair analysis, predisposition and strand tests, safety precautions, formula mixing, tinting, bleaching, high and low lights, and the use of dye removers 60 50
Hair Cutting The subject of Hair Cutting shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Use of scissors, razor (shaper), electrical clippers/trimmers, and thinning (tapering) shears for wet and dry cutting. 20 80
Manual, Electrical, Chemical Facials The subject of manual, electrical and chemical facials shall include, but is not limited to the following techniques and procedures: Manual Facials including cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks. Electrical Facials include the use of electrical modalities, dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes; however, machines capable of producing an electrical current shall not be used to stimulate so as to contract, or for the purpose of contracting, the muscles of the body or face. Chemical Facials include chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only the non-living, uppermost layers of facial skin, known as the epidermis, may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification. All practical operations must be performed in accordance with Section 992 regarding skin peeling. 25 40
Eyebrow Beautification & Makeup The subject of Eyebrow Beautification shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal, including the use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual, and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair.
The subject of Makeup shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: skin analysis, complete and corrective makeup, the application of false eyelashes, and lash and brow tinting, if a product exists that is not disapproved, prohibited or banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
25 30
Manicuring and Pedicuring The subject of Manicuring and Pedicuring shall include, but are not limited to, the following issues: Water and oil manicure, including nail analysis, and hand/foot and arm/ankle massage. 10 25
Artificial Nails and Wraps Artificial nails including acrylic: liquid and powder brush-ons, artificial nail tips and nail wraps and repairs 25 120
Advanced Salon Techniques
Advanced studies: hair design, skin care, nails Women & men haircut, updos, spiral perms, finger waves, makeup.
Dermalogica product knowledge, gel nails, haircolor, lightening, classic waves, eyelash extension, hair extension, color correction, balayage, ombre hair, Matrix product knowledge, permanent beach waves, high fashion hair color, hair treatment.
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