Cosmetology and Cosmetician / Esthetician Program

Cosmetologists applying makeup and styling hairWe train our students to make people look and feel beautiful, so they can achieve their goals and dreams of working in the fun and exciting beauty industry!

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Saddleback College – Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College offers two programs in the Cosmetology department. Upon completion students may receive either a Certificate of Achievement for Cosmetology or an Occupational Skills Award for Estheticians. Classes are taught at an off campus beauty school. The Cosmetology program consists of 1,600 hours comprised of four courses. The program can be completed in 3 to 5 semesters. Estheticians only require 600 hours and can be completed in 1-2 semesters. These programs prepare you for the California State Board Exam (you must complete this exam in order to receive your license).

Laura Pope 
Cosmetology Coordinator/Liaison
(949) 582-4704

Leslie Haugen 
Senior Administrative Assistant
(949) 582-4990

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!!Please read through the bottom of the page and you will find important documents needed for registration.

All information is available for download at the bottom of this page. For detailed information on the program and the steps you will need to take in order to clear the prerequisite and register for courses in this program, please read carefully and follow the instructions on the “Handbook” document for the program you are interested in, and the “Cosmetology and Esthetician Orientation” presentation. Read the "Jumpstart Checklist".  Important dates, links to the class schedules, and detailed supplemental information on the beauty school(s) are listed by semester.

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SUMMER 2022 - Starts the week of May 31, 2022 and all classes are on-campus.

FALL 2022 - Starts the weeks of August 22 and October 25, 2022 and all classes are on-campus.

  • District MANDATE:  COVID-19 Vaccination requirements will apply to ALL students taking Cosmetology and Esthetician courses beginning Spring 2022 - see 

  • We will begin accepting pre-applications/prerequisite documentation for SUMMER the week of April 1 - deadline to submit your prerequisite is May 24.  We will accept documents for FALL the week of May 1 - deadline to submit your prerequisite is August 17.

  • Orientation required for new and returning students are held at 1pm and 6pm per the schedule below.  Please turn in ALL prerequisite documents to, once the prerequisite is cleared, student will be provided an APC code to enroll in the appropriate ticket. 

    Prerequisite documents MUST HAVE student signature.  See Jumpstart Checklist below for prerequisites.


    Thursday, May 12, 2022 (SUMMER Semester)
            1:00pm and 6:00pm at SABA Beauty Academy in Lake Forest
     Monday, May 16, 2022 (SUMMER Semester)
            1:00pm and 6:00pm at Saddleback Beauty Academy in Laguna Hills 
     Mondays, August 8 and October 10, 2022 (FALL Semester)
            1:00pm and 6:00pm at Saddleback Beauty Academy in Laguna Hills 
     Tuesdays, August 9 and October 11, 2022 (FALL Semester)
            1:00pm and 6:00pm at SABA Beauty Academy in Lake Forest

*ALL prospective students MUST pre-enroll/waitlist and register no later than the class start date.

Students must provide to beauty school upon intake:

                       1.  Copy of Photo Identification

                       2.  Social Security Card

                       3.  Payment to beauty school for Cosmetology or Esthetician Kit
                            (if purchasing through beauty school)
                             - Kit items are in links below
                             - Cash or check
                             - Credit Card (if accepted)

                            OR bring in your self-sourced kit and supplements to beauty school for
                            inspection/approval a minimum of ONE WEEK before class starts.

                       4.  Additional amount for Milady text/CIMA and uniform.


KITS (*contents subject to change by semester)

Students have three options for where they can acquire a kit:

1.  Purchase at the beauty school where student will attend training;
2.  Purchase a standard Saddleback kit through Jazz-Z-Beauty Supply, and Supplemental Items through brand distributors; or
3.  Self-source the beauty school kit through your own contacts/vendors (per beauty school kit list, items to be inspected by beauty school).

ALL KITS are being revised for the SPRING 2022 semester.



SABA Beauty Lake Forest Cosmo Kit List SABA Beauty Lake Forest Esti Kit List
Saddleback Beauty Laguna Hills Cosmo Kit List Saddleback Beauty Laguna Hills Esti Kit List
Jazz-Z-Beauty Supply Cosmo Kit and Supplementals Jazz-Z-Beauty Supply Esti Kit and Supplementals

***NOTE:  Students who request transfer may be required to purchase supplemental items/uniform***

REQUIRED Text/Learning System and Uniforms (ask to purchase at beauty school with kit)

COSMO:  Milady Cosmetology Textbook and CIMA* BUNDLE  =  MSRP   $350

ESTI:  Milady Foundation/Esthetics Textbook 12th Ed and CIMA* BUNDLE  =  MSRP   $350

Uniforms to be purchased from beauty school = $50.00  

Scholarship Opportunities

Inquire at the Saddleback College Foundation Office:  Foundation Office


General Information

These are certificate programs through which, as a Saddleback College student, you earn college credits and upon completion either a Certificate of Achievement or an Occupational Skills Award.

Classes are taught off-campus at one of two local beauty schools.  Please see below for the current list of beauty schools we are contracted with and links to their websites.

The Cosmetology Program is a 1,600-hour program comprised of four (12 units each) to be taken in consecutive order.  This program is completed in approximately three semesters for full-time students and six semesters for part-time students.

The Esthetician Program is a 600-hour program comprised of two courses (9 units each). This program is completed in approximately one semester for full-time students and two to three semesters for part-time students.

Classes are open entry and student cohorts start at times offered throughout the semester.  Please inquire for the next start date of classes.  Click here for most current PROGRAM BROCHURE.

Dropping or Withdrawing from Class

Students who officially DROP from the program after they have already accumulated training hours, whether it is intentional or unintentional, may be liable to pay full tuition costs of the private tuition rates set by the contracted beauty school administration.  Please contact the ATAS Division Office if you are considering "withdrawing" from the program, so that we can guide you through the correct process.

State Board Licensing & Employment Opportunities

These programs prepare you for the California State Board Exam (you must complete this exam in order to receive your license). For more information on this exam, please contact the beauty school. You may visit the website for the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology for more information here (link to:

While competition for jobs is keen, South Orange County, with its growing population, is a particularly good area for cosmetologists, estheticians and others connected with the hair care and beauty industry. With some experience and additional training, cosmetologists and estheticians are able to move into management and ownership positions, teaching, sales, the entertainment industry, and positions with the State Cosmetology Board.

You may visit the website for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools for more information on the beauty industry.


For General Information:
Cosmo / Esti Handbook 
Jumpstart Checklist
    Pre-Enrollment Form (Application)
    Petition for Certificate of Achievement
    Student Code of Conduct & Agreement
Matriculation Information
Cosmetology/Esthetician Orientation

Spring/Summer/Fall 2022 Beauty Schools
Information Sheet for SABA Beauty School
Information Sheet for Saddleback Beauty


Additional Forms:
If your campus of record is Irvine Valley College,
complete the form below to change to Saddleback College, and email to
Student Info Update Form 

Beauty Schools:

SABA Beauty School

Saddleback Beauty Academy