Skyline College Department of Cosmetology offers several programs for training and licensure in the cosmetology arts and sciences. Courses in Cosmetology and Esthetics focus on theoretical foundation, practical skills, business knowledge, and the professional and ethical training needed for licensing through the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Prepared with excellent entry-level skills, students are able to work in many facets of the beauty industry. There is also the opportunity to earn a business entrepreneurship certificate in cosmetology.

The Cosmetology program is 1600 hours. Instruction includes hair design, basic and dimensional color, texture services, skincare and facials, manicures and pedicures, and special occasion styling.

The Esthetician training program is 600 hours, focusing on training in skin care treatment and techniques. Students learn basic and treatment facials, skin analysis, exfoliation and hair removal.

The Cosmetology Instructor Preparation is designed for experienced licensed cosmetologists interested in teaching.

The Skyline College pass rate for the licensing exam was 94% in 2009-10 and 92% in 2010-11.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Complete 1600 hours in the Cosmetology Program or 600 hours in the Esthetician Program.
  • Successfully pass the California State Board Cosmetology or Esthetician written exam.
  • Identify career and continuing educational options in the field of cosmetology or esthetics and plan action towards achieving those goals and objectives.
  • Apply theories, principles, and concepts to learn additional skills needed as a cosmetologist or esthetician.
  • Exhibit strong and effective written and oral communication skills. Critically consider, analyze and research special issues in cosmetology and their effects on society.
  • Recognize the importance of and practice ethical behavior in a professional work setting, both within the work force and within the community.

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