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Industry & Career Outlook

The cosmetology industry, also known as the beauty industry, encompasses hair, skincare, nailcare, cosmetics and fragrances for those who identify as male, female, and non-binary persons of all ages. It is a multi-billion-dollar global industry; where the beauty consumer is changing in how they define beauty and demanding an inclusive and authentic image. That is an insight that will guide the beauty industry to grow and prosper in the future.

As our population continues to grow, the demand for hair care services and products continues to rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for cosmetologists will increase by 19% between 2020 and 2030. This new wave of Cosmetologists brings high standards of sustainability, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit to the multi-faceted beauty industry. Cosmetologist must undergo extensive study and training and be licensed by their state’s certifying board to practice their craft. 

Certificate of Achievement

The Skyline College Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology prepares students for licensing as a Cosmetologist. The Cosmetology program requires 1,000 hours of comprehensive training in all facets of the cosmetology industry.

Courses focus on theoretical foundation, practical manipulative skills, business knowledge, career development in the field, and the professional and ethical training needed for licensing through the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Prepared with excellent entry-level and some advanced skills, students are able to work in many facets of the beauty industry. Skyline College’s Cosmetology Program is approved by: California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

The Cosmetology program at Skyline College is a full-time, daytime program designed to be completed in two semesters. New classes start in January and in August.

1,000-Hour Program Required Courses and Units

Semester One

COSM 701, 4 Units:
Cosmetology Core Concepts

COSM 702, 6 Units:
Cosmetology Hair Design Concepts

COSM 703, 6 Units:
Cosmetology Chemical Concepts

Semester Two

COSM 704, 3 Units:
Cosmetology Advanced Concepts

COSM 705, 9 Units:
Cosmetology Business and Salon Experience

COSM 725, 3 Units:State Board Written Exam Preparation

Elective classes are optional and are offered every summer. Classes offered may vary.

The Cosmetology Program starts:

  • Every August during the Fall semester for an evening program.
  • Every January during the Spring semester for a daytime program.

Applications are accepted year round. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Days Monday - Thursday
Approximate Times 9:00am - 3:30pm OR 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Duration 2 semesters for a minimum for 1000-hours
Approximate Program Cost* $4,000

Admission Procedures and Requirements

The Cosmetology Certificate of Achievement does not require any prerequisites or placement exam results.

However, to be considered for admission all prospective students must:

  • complete the Skyline College steps to enrollment
  • and submit a special program application

Successful completion of steps to enrollment and submission of a special program application packet does not guarantee enrollment. All courses within the Cosmetology program are "cohort restricted." This means courses are reserved specifically for students pursuing a cosmetology certificate.

The Cosmetology program at Skyline College is highly sought after and students are encouraged to complete the Skyline College steps to enrollment and FAFSA, Dream Act and other financial aid applications in a timely manner.

Students who initially enrolled in a 1,600-hour program at Skyline College or at another institute, and have not yet completed their program requirements, may transfer their hours into the 1,000-hour program at Skyline College. However, students will be required to meet with Program Coordinator prior to enrollment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Outreach Information Line at (650) 738-4168