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Curriculum for Cosmetology course (1600 Clock Hours)
The curriculum for students enrolled in a cosmetologist course shall consist of sixteen hundred (1,600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. Technical instruction means instruction given by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:
200 Hours of Technical Instruction and Practical Training in Esthetics
100 Hours of Technical Instruction and Practical Training in Manicuring and Pedicuring
Cosmetology Performance Objectives
1. Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California’s Cosmetology establishments’ practices.
2. Acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of hair, skin, and nails.
3. Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to cosmetology including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and
4. Acquire business management techniques common to cosmetology.
Skills to be Developed: Learn the proper use of implements relative to all cosmetology services. Acquire the knowledge of analyzing the scalp, face, and hands prior to all services to determine any disorders. You will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all cosmetology services, learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and strip eyelashes, learn the proper procedure of manicuring to include water and oil manicure and pedicure, learn the application of brush-on nails, nail wraps, and nail tips.
Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed: Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to cosmetology, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealings with patrons and colleagues.
Additional training will be given in the following subject matters: The student will learn additional information
pertaining to professional ethics and personal hygiene to meet the employment standards of the industry.
Professional Ethics, Hygiene and Grooming, Salesmanship, Record Keeping, Sanitation Duties, Desk and Lab
Assignments, Salon Management and Ethics, Resume Development, Job Search, Job Interview
Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the scheduled completion of: 450,
900, 1,250, and 1,600 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be
calculated with the following weights:
1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade
In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times
outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150%
Graduation Requirements: When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in
Cosmetology with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better including a final exam, he or she is awarded a diploma certifying
his or her graduation.
Students are assisted in completing the necessary documents to file for the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology
There is no requirement for internships or externships.
Licensing Requirements: Applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th Grade, 1600
hours in an approved School and passing of a California State or National Interstate Council (NIC) Written and
Practical examinations with a minimum score of 75 (out of 100).