The courses described here are open only to those students accepted in the Cosmetology
Completion of the tenth grade or equivalent required by California Board of Barbering
and Cosmetology; completion of the twelfth grade is recommended. A grade of C or higher
is necessary for progression in the sequence of courses. Prior enrollment in ESL classes
is strongly advised for non-native speakers.
Upon successful completion of the program, including satisfactory performance on a
comprehensive “mock board” examination including both theory and practical performance,
the candidate receives a Certiﬁcate in Cosmetology and is eligible to write for the
California Board of Cosmetology licensing examination. Note: Applicants for the California
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensure must be 17 years of age or older.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
In this course, the students study theoretical and practical application of life skills,
professional image, history and career opportunities, anatomy, physiology, skin structure
growth, hair sculpture/scalp properties, skin disorders and disease, principles of
hair design, hairstyling, hair preparation services, hair color, and chemical health
and safety as prescribed by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.