Admission Requirements

beauty-salon-1-150x150Enrollees are admitted as regular students once one of the following criteria has been met.

A) Applicant must provide a copy of his/her High School Diploma, GED or its equivalent, and pass an admissions test, SLE test (Scholastic Level Exam) Form IV. Topline Beauty College will verify the authenticity of the diploma prior to enrolment. If the diploma cannot be verified, the student may be asked to provide a final high school transcript showing the dates of entrance and graduation and courses completed. If transcript is not available, the student will be required to meet the Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) requirements or take and pass GED test prior to enrollment.

B) Students lacking the High School Diploma or its equivalent, must be at least 18 years old (Compulsory school attendance in California), must have completed the 10th grade education level or its equivalent as required by the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology and pass an Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) exam prior to admission. Students admitted under this criteria, will be required to pass one of the Ability-to-Benefit tests approved by the US Department of Education administered by an independent proctor. Students subject to these criteria are referred to as students admitted under the Ability-to-Benefit criteria guidelines. Currently, our school is using the CELSA Ability-to-Benefit. The school’s admissions personnel will provide applicants with additional information as to how to arrange for the Ability-to-Benefit test. All Ability-to-Benefit students must take and pass the test prior to admissions. If you do not pass the exam, re-testing is available after one week waiting period and the independent proctor will explain and provide you with the re-testing procedures.
C) Student must show English language proficiency. A passing score on either the SLE admissions test or the CELSA Ability-to-Benefit test will be acceptable in showing English language proficiency.

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Instructor Trainee and Massage Therapy courses are taught in English. Esthetician and Manicuring courses are taught in English and Vietnamese. The college hires instructors who are bilingual in English and Vietnamese. They can help students whose primary language is Vietnamese. The college provides Catalog, School Performance Fact Sheet and Enrollment Agreement in English and Vietnamese also.

High School Program Completion

It is possible to complete a certificate program without earning a high school diploma. Many individuals, however, may want to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent for personal employment reasons.
The following educational agencies may be contacted regarding obtaining the high school diploma, GED test and/or certificate of proficiency:

California State University Fullerton (714) 278-2487
Coastline Community College (714) 241-6184
Huntington Beach Adult/Alternative School (714) 842-4779
Garden Grove Unified School District (Chapman Adult Education Center) (714) 663-6520
Santa Ana Centennial Education Center (714) 241-5720/td>

Transferability of Credits Earned

Students previously enrolled in an accredited school of Cosmetology may submit their academic records to Topline Beauty College for review and possible transfer of credit. In lieu of accepting transfer credit, the College may:

1) Accept the transfer credit based upon a review of the official transcript from an accredited institution provided those courses are part of the College’s approved curriculum for that program of study and/or

2) Administer a comprehensive exam for each course that measures and affirms the student’s previous education. A score of 75% or better is required for each such exam in order to receive credit for that particular course. It may be necessary to administer a series of examinations both in theory and hands-on in order to validate the granting of credit for previous education. If a satisfactory result is achieved, the student’s training period may be reduced proportionately. Students who are granted such credit may have their tuition reduced proportionately.
All out of state applicants must furnish the FORM C of credit hours from the California Board of Barbering/Cosmetology and it must be notarized from the previous school you attended.

The transfer hours from another institution that are accepted toward the student’s educational program are counted as both attempted and completed hours for the purpose of determining when the allowable maximum time frame has been exhausted. SAP evaluation periods are based on actual contract hours at the institution.


beauty-school-graduation-150x150The transferability of credits you earn at Topline Beauty College is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the diploma or certificate you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the diploma or certificate that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Topline Beauty College to determine if your diploma or certificate will transfer.
The college has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.

English as a Second Language

The College does not provide instruction for English as a Second Language, and neither does it provide services for obtaining visa.

  • Cosmetology instructions are provided in English and Spanish languages.
  • Cosmetician and Manicurist instructions are provided in English and Vietnamese languages.
  • Massage Therapy instructions are provided in English and Chinese languages.

A student must prove her/his level of proficiency in either language by providing a high school diploma or its equivalent (i.e. GED, ATB etc.) from a country where the language is an official language.

Students Admitted to Other Schools

The College does not recruit students who are admitted or attending other schools offering similar program of study.

Orientation Class

Orientation classes for all students are held on every Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Students are not allowed to clock in during orientation. All new, re-enrolling or transferring students must attend orientation prior to the start of all new classes.

Freshmen Class Enrollment

The freshman curriculum for each of the courses requires a specific number of hours of classroom lectures, demonstrations, and student practice. (See Academic Programs starting on page 35) The freshman class teaches you from the very beginning and introduces the basics for those areas that you will need to know to pass licensing examinations. From this initial introduction, you will learn all fundamentals that are the basics for your future and career. The hours spent in the freshman class are as follows: Cosmetology 200 hrs. Cosmetician: 80 hrs. Manicurist: 50 hrs. Topline Beauty College considers the freshman classes to be the foundation for your future.

Textbooks and Supplies

Textbooks will be issued at the beginning of the freshman class. All needed supplies and equipment will be maintained in the freshman classroom. At the beginning of the freshman training, each student will be issued a complete set of supplies with a carrying case. The kit contains the tools and supplies necessary for satisfactory completion of the course. Students are expected to maintain the kit by replacing lost or broken articles. The college is not responsible for a student’s kit, either lost or stolen. Students must learn to be responsible for the tools of their trade.