The Cosmetology Certificate program qualifies and prepares its graduates for successful passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cosmetology licensing examination, administered by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, and successful practice in the field of cosmetology and appearance enhancement. The program is equivalent to 1,000 clock hours of instruction. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours distributed among fields required by the Board in order to be eligible to register for the Board licensure examination.
Successful graduates will be well prepared for licensure examination and subsequent practice through having acquired training in all areas of cosmetology required by the Board, including manicuring, hair straightening and permanent waving, shampooing, finger waving, marcelling and all iron curls, skin care, facial grooming, wig instruction and scalp treatments, dyes and bleaching, hair cutting, hygiene and sterilization, anatomy, physiology, applied sciences, and business practices. An emphasis is placed on preparing students to work under supervision of experienced cosmetologists, and in the future, for a possible career route as an entrepreneur.
Students are advised that although jobs in the beauty industry are not considered physically demanding, they will find that occupations in the field do require a certain amount of physical stamina. Due to the nature of the fields of cosmetology, prolonged periods of standing, sitting, and bending at the waist will be required. Lifting and periods of manual dexterity will be required in some cases as well.
Some courses include:
- Succeeding in Salon, Spa, and Resort Business
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Applied Chemistry and Electricity
- Cosmetology and Appearance Enhancement
- Cosmetology Theory, Applications, and Practice
- Nail Technology