What you can get


: Certificate Program

Certificate - Cosmetology (High School Career and College Promise)

What it's about

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Jobs available

  • Cosmetologist
  • Salon Management/Stylist
  • Stylist
  • Esthetician (may need additional training)
  • Nail Tech (may need additional training)
  • Product Educator
  • Salon/spa owner
  • Color Specialist

Courses you'll take

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

What you'll gain

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and as skin/nail specialists, platform artists, and related businesses.



Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in skill sets in cosmetology.
  2. Utilize math concepts when identifying and applying color.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in hair color techniques.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills and basic cosmetology principles to recognize, analyze and solve problems. 
  5. Demonstrate dependability and responsibility while managing self effectively.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Cosmetic Arts. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 


The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Cosmetology program, including Esthetics Technology.

Applicants for admission to the Cosmetology program must have completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores.

In accordance with the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts law, please submit an original social security card, tax ID card, or student visa information. In addition, please submit a government issued ID and proof of date of birth to Cosmetic Arts Faculty or Staff at the mandatory program orientation. You will not be able to start Cosmetology class until you complete this requirement.

Projected Costs for Cosmetology

  • Student costs include tuition, fees, and textbooks, plus an implement kit and required uniform.
  • These costs may be covered for students who qualify for financial assistance, and college financial aid staff will assist the student in applying for financial aid.  Financial aid may pay for summer semester tuition. Financial aid for cosmetology is unique based on the credit hour classification.  The semester a student begins and the specific courses taken will determine when students are eligible for financial aid refunds.
  • It is important to apply for admission to the College and financial aid as early as possible.
  • All projected costs are estimates, may vary from term to term, and are subject to change without prior notice.

Examples of Costs for Certificate and Diploma

Tuition & Fees (per semester): $700-1,200 $3,724 tuition + $80 fees each semester for the total program
Book bundle: $300 (1st semester only)  
Implement Kit: ~$400 (1st semester only) During the first week of class students will receive a list of kit items to be purchased at a store of your choice.
Mannequin Varies (1st semester only) Purchase from store of your choice. Must be mannequin head with at least 12" of human hair.
Advanced textbooks/kits: $190 (not needed until 2nd term)  
Uniform tops: (per uniform shirt) $35 - $45 (first semster and as needed) Will need to purchase solid black pants and solid black closed toes/closed heel shoes from store of choice
Required nametag: 1st free ($10 to replace)  
Total Program Estimate $5,100.00  
Reminder: All costs are estimates and subject to change without prior notice

Examples of Costs for CCP Certificate

In-State Tuition (per semester): tuition waived while enrolled in CCP
Textbooks: $135 (1st semester)
Mannequin: $50 (1st semester)
Required uniform: $20 from store of choice
Required nametag: 1st free ($10 to replace)
Total program estimate while enrolled in CCP: $205
Reminder: All costs are estimates and subject to change without prior notice

Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony

Any applicant convicted of a felony or charged with a felony that is still pending may apply for Board approval upon enrollment in a cosmetic art school. All documentation submitted shall have no effect on an individual’s ability to attend a cosmetic art school, take an examination administered by the Board, or apply for a license; is not binding on the Board with respect to any future application from the individual reviewed; and is not a final agency decision.

Progression Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in COS prefix courses in order to progress in the program.