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CIP Code: 12.0401

Instructor: Mrs. Knapp

Program Overview

The Cosmetology program focuses on the fundamentals of the profession. This enables students to confidently begin working with hair, skin and nails early in their training. Technical skill development blends with applied sciences to guide them toward a successful career as a salon professional. During this three-year, 1250-hour training program, students learn hair sculpture, color application, chemical texture, and skin and nail procedures. Students study a wide variety of scientific applications, such as the chemistry of cosmetics, biology, human anatomy, and physiology. Upon completion, graduates are fully prepared to take the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology examination.

Students learn the history and career opportunities of Cosmetology. Topics of study include Life Skills, Professional Image, Communicating for Success, Infection Control: Principles and Practices, Basics of Electricity, Properties of the Hair and Scalp, Principles of Hair Design, Scalp Care, Shampooing & Conditioning, Hairstyling, Braiding and Extensions, Hair Cutting, Hair Removal, Facials, Make-up, Manicuring, and Pedicuring.

Students must successfully complete the 1250 hour training program to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Examination.

Is this Career Right For You?

  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Do the different fundamentals of cosmetology interest you?
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you have a strong interest in your own personal appearance?
  • Do you enjoy math and science?

Inside the Industry

Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists $28,080
Makeup Artists, Theatrical & Performance $67,570
Skincare Specialist $30,300


Cosmetoloty students at work, photo 1      Cosmetoloty students at work, photo 2      Cosmetoloty students at work, photo 3 


  • Demonstrate safety, sanitation & disease control
  • Cleaning & sanitizing implements, equipment & facilities
  • Exhibiting professionalism & workplace ethics
  • Shampooing & conditioning hair
  • Cutting hair
  • Styling hair
  • Creating permanent wave
  • Performing chemical relaxing & soft-curl permanent
  • Lightening & coloring hair
  • Caring for skin, hands & feet
  • Performing artistry of artificial hair
  • Managing the salon
  • Examining all aspects of industry

 Possible Careers 

  • Hairdresser, Stylist & Cosmetologist
  • Nail Specialist
  • Makeup Specialist
  • Braidery Specialist
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Skincare Specialist

 Potential Certifications 

  • OSHA-10
  • Employability: Interviewing Skills
  • Cosmetology License
  • Barbicide Certification

 Statewide Articulation Agreements