Curriculum for Cosmetology Course (1,600 Clock Hours)

hairstylist-3-150x150The curriculum for students enrolled in a cosmetologist course shall consist of sixteen hundred (1,600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. Technical instruction means instruction given by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:

  • Total Theory Hours: 485
  • Total Practical Hours: 1,135
  • Total Hours: 1,600

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


Technical Instructions and Hours


Cosmetology Performance Objective

  1. Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California’s Cosmetology establishments’ practices.
  2. Acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of hair, skin, and nails.
  3. Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to cosmetology including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory.
  4. Acquire business management techniques common to cosmetology.

Skills to be Developed

Learn the proper use of implements relative to all cosmetology services. Acquire the knowledge of analyzing the scalp, face, and hands prior to all services to determine any disorders. You will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all cosmetology services, learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and strip eyelashes, learn the proper procedure of manicuring to include water and oil manicure and pedicure, learn the application of brush-on nails, nail wraps, and nail tips.

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

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

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 450, 900, 1,250, and 1,600 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.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Cosmetology 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 Cosmetology license will be granted by the State of California only after 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%.