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Requirements for Becoming a Licensed Cosmetologist


As a successful cosmetology school, we have more than 40 years of experience in educating and preparing students for an exciting career in the beauty field. If you’re curious about what it will take to become a licensed cosmetologist, read on for a brief overview of the requirements you need to meet.


Beginning with a high school diploma or a GED, to become a licensed cosmetologist one must complete at least five semesters of coursework in a cosmetology training program. Classes are conducted by licensed professional instructors and consist of theory behind cosmetology as well as hands on learning. Cosmetician courses include hair styling and shaping, facial treatment, hair removal and makeup application. Theory behind cosmetology can include sterilization, bacteriology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry… Upon graduation, licensed cosmetologists should be proficient in hair cutting, chemical waving, hair treatments, make-up, manicures, facials, etc.


A cosmetology student must also take and pass a licensing exam after his or her completion of the required coursework. This exam typically consists of a written test as well as a demonstration of their skills.

Additional Requirements

Licensed cosmetologists are expected to keep track of and stay on top of new products, trends and techniques in the cosmetology industry. They accomplish this by taking continuing education courses and by practicing and mastering their craft in a professional setting.

Excellent Job Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for licensed cosmetologists (as well as other professionals in the cosmetology industry) are expected to increase by 13 percent in the next 10 years (2012-2022). Up to 50 percent of cosmetology professionals are self-employed and set their own hours.

Cosmetology professionals work in a variety of settings. They are typically found in hair salons, but also in spas and full-service production companies where their skills in applying facials and makeup come in handy.

BLS figures set the median annual income for this profession to be within the $25,000 range. However, this may not include tips from grateful clients, some of whom can be very generous. Tenured cosmetologists usually draw a higher annual income because of their added experience, higher-level skills and overall improved proficiency.

At Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers, we have a tested and thorough cosmetology program that will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a possible successful and exciting career in cosmetology. Contact our helpful staff with any questions or concerns you may have about starting your career in cosmetology. Get the right training for your cosmetology career now and start enjoying the possible professional benefits of this rewarding line of work.

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