Curriculum for Cosmetician Course (600 Clock Hours)

esthtician-1-150x150The curriculum for students enrolled in an Esthetician course shall consist of six hundred (600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of an Esthetician, pursuant to Section 7354 of the Cosmetology Act. For the purpose of this section, technical instruction shall mean instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:

  • Total Theory Hours: 315
  • Total Practical Hours: 285
  • Total Hours: 600

Minimum Specified Practical Operations (Minimum number of Hands-on Practices needed):


Technical Instruction (Minimum Hours)


Esthetician Performance Objective

Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California Cosmetology establishing practices, acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of skin, acquire the knowledge of general theory relative to Esthetics including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory and acquire business management techniques common to Esthetics.

Potential Occupation after Completion

Facialist, Licensed Esthetician, Esthetician, Skin Technician,

Skills to be Developed

Learn the proper use of implements relative to all Esthetician services, acquire the knowledge of analyzing the skin prior to
all services to determine any disorders, will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all Esthetician services, will learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and false strip eyelashes and also learn the proper procedure of plain and electrical facials.

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to Cosmetician, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealing with patrons and colleagues.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 300 and 600 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be calculated with the following weights:

  1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade


In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150% time frame.


Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Shall have completed Theory and Operations required by Board of Barbering & Cosmetology with a grade average of “C” (70%) or better. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Esthetician with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers. Students are assisted in completing the necessary documents to file for the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology Examination.

Licensing Requirements

Applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade, A Cosmetician license will be granted by the State of California only alter the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Cosmetology course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.