Cosmetology Certificate

Cosmetology student blow dries and brushes a client's hair

Cosmetology Certificate

Program Code: C55140

If you have a flair for style and enjoy helping people look their best, our Cosmetology program could be perfect for you. Our certificate program is made up of 34 semester hours and 1,200 clock hours. It is conducted in a salon environment and includes all required cosmetology classes and live-model performances required by the State Board of Cosmetic Arts. Upon passing the State Board licensing exam, you will be licensed as an apprentice and must complete 960 clock hours (equivalent to six months of working 40 hours per week) within a year in a professional salon, working under the direct supervision of a licensed cosmetologist.

This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Personal Care Services programs.

The Cosmetology program also offers a diploma option.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Cosmetology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Demonstrating the ability to design and restructure hair and perform skin and nail care within a safe, sanitized and multicultural environment
  • Exhibiting skills to increase sales and customers within the salon
  • Recalling cosmetology theory and clinical information to successfully complete the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts exam

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Cosmetology graduates, including:

  • Barber shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Day and resort spas
  • Nail salons
  • Nursing and other residential care homes

Almost half of all cosmetologists are self-employed.

Certificate requirements

34 Credit Hours

The following suggested schedule is based on full-time enrollment. For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog.

Courses in this program

Semester Credit Hours: 12

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, first aid, sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge, chemistry, ethics, manicures, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Lecture Hours: 4  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    Take COS-112

This course introduces basic salon services. Topics include scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, permanent waving, pressing, relaxing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate salon services.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 24  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 8 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    Take COS-111

Semester Credit Hours: 12

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, chemistry, manicuring, chemical restructuring, and hair coloring. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Lecture Hours: 4  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take All: COS-111 and COS-112
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides experience in a simulated salon setting. Topics include basic skin care, manicuring, nail application, scalp treatments, shampooing, rinsing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, wigs, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 24  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 8 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take All: COS-111 and COS-112
  • Corequisites:
    None

Semester Credit Hours: 10

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers methods and techniques for contemporary designs. Emphasis is placed on contemporary designs and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply techniques associated with contemporary design.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take All: COS-111 and COS-112
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers more comprehensive cosmetology concepts. Topics include safety, product knowledge, salon management, salesmanship, skin care, electricity/light therapy, wigs, thermal hair styling, lash and brow tinting, superfluous hair removal, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply these cosmetology concepts in the salon setting.

Lecture Hours: 4  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take All: COS-111 and COS-112
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides comprehensive experience in a simulated salon setting. Emphasis is placed on intermediate-level of skin care, manicuring, scalp treatments, shampooing, hair color, design, haircutting, chemical restructuring, pressing, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently demonstrate these salon services.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 12  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take All: COS-111 and COS-112
  • Corequisites:
    None

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Contact Information

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New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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