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Cosmetology

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Are you considering a career in Cosmetology/Manicuring? The industry offers exceptional job opportunities nationwide, and the rate of job growth is much faster than average. With a state license in cosmetology or manicuring, you will be qualified to work as a beautician in beauty salons, and to own and operate your own salon. The possibilities are plentiful when you choose a career in beauty. 

The Cosmetology program through Allan Hancock College is taught at the Institute of Beauty Culture Academy, 325 E. Betteravia Rd., Suite B-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454. 

Program Descriptions

The Cosmetology Program requires 1,600 hours of training, which fully prepares you for licensing as a beautician.

  • Students enroll in a sequence of four courses: COS 301, COS 302, COS 303, and COS 304.
  • Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and are held at the Institute of Beauty Culture Academy in Santa Maria.
  • The program takes about 10 months to complete, and the four Cosmetology courses include lecture and practical application.
  • Attendance is mandatory.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of all cosmetology courses, you can qualify to take the California State Board of Cosmetology licensure examination.

The Manicuring Program requires 400 hours of training. 

  • Students enroll in COS 310.
  • Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The manicuring program takes about 11 weeks to complete. Classes are held at the Institute of Beauty Culture Academy in Santa Maria.
  • Attendance is mandatory.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the manicuring course, you can qualify to take the California State Board of Cosmetology licensure examination.

Program Application Process

  • Apply for admission to Allan Hancock College using the following link: admission to the college.
  • Meet with a college counselor to work on your educational plan. This step is important if you do not have a High School diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED, HiSET).
  • Download AHC Cosmetology/Manicuring program application, and hand-deliver or mail the application to Dana Avila, Building S, 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
  • Attend a mandatory Cosmetology/Manicuring Program orientation.
  • Availability is limited. Entry into the program is determined by:
    • Proof of admission to the college.
    • Date of AHC Cosmetology application submission.
    • Attendance and time of arrival at the mandatory orientation.
  • In addition to regular Allan Hancock College fees, you will also be required to purchase a training kit and appropriate uniform. For cost information, review the Cosmetology Program Information Packet.

Degree and Course Information

As an AHC Cosmetology student, you will have the opportunity to be skillfully trained in several subject areas including: 

  • Hair Shaping
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair Coloring
  • Chemical Waving
  • Shampoos and Rinses
  • Scalp Treatments, Hair Care Rinses
  • Facials including Hair Removal and Makeup
  • Manicures, Nail Extensions, Pedicures
  • Sanitation, Bacteriology
  • California Law 

PROGRAM : Cosmetology
DEGREE: Associate Degree
AGENCY · LICENSURE: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, CA Dept of Consumer Affairs
LICENSING EXAM WEBSITE: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Board Examinations Pass/Fail Rates

PROGRAM: Cosmetology
DEGREE: Certificate of Achievement
AGENCY · LICENSURE: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, CA Dept of Consumer Affairs
LICENSING EXAM WEBSITE: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Board Examinations Pass/Fail Rates

 

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