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Certificate of Completion (non-credit)


The Cosmetology Certificate of Completion is a series of four 250‐hour courses designed to prepare the student for the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Licensing examination and a career in Cosmetology. At completion of 1,000 hours and passing the California State Board Examination, students will be prepared as an entry‐level Cosmetologist performing haircutting, styling, coloring, permanent waving, manicuring, pedicuring, waxing and facials. Licensed graduates may be employed as hair stylists, hair waxing removal specialists, makeup artists, manicurists, skin therapists, and retail buyers or sellers. With continuing education and experience, licensed Cosmetologists may find employment as salon managers or owners, manufacturer field representatives, demonstrators and lecturers, instructors, and laboratory technicians.

This program is offered on an open‐entry/open‐exit basis with a required minimum number of combined lecture/lab hours per week and a waiting list may be maintained for those students who desire to enroll. Students may attend on a part‐time or full‐time basis. Transfer students will be accepted on a space‐available basis providing they have not previously achieved more than 500 certified hours of training.

Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age to enroll in the Cosmetology coursework, in accordance with The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Business and Professions Code. The minimum qualifications of an applicant to sit for the licensure examination are that the applicant: (a) is not less than 17 years of age, and (b) has completed the 10th grade in the public schools of this state or its equivalent.

This program has a minimum requirement of 1,000 class/clock hours and a minimum number of theory and practical applications required by The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

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