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Program Description

The Cosmetology Program covers the theory and application of practical skills related to the cosmetology field. This is a Vermont State Licensed School of Cosmetology Arts and Science regulated by the Vermont State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering and overseen by the Office of Professional Regulations. In the State of Vermont, 1500 clock hours in a School of Cosmetology and a high school diploma are required for candidates to become eligible for the cosmetology licensing examination. At CTE it takes two school years to achieve this. This program includes applied academics as well and cosmetology theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on “worker traits” including customer relations, interpersonal communication, team work, initiative, reliability, professionalism, attire and other workplace readiness skills.

Curriculum Components:

Students can earn up to 650 clock hours (toward license) in one academic year. Students accepted into the second year work in a client oriented environment, with continued academic and practical arts studies.

Specific studies include:

  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Shampooing and related chemistry (25 hours)
  • Waxing (superfluous hair) (15 hours)
  • Permanent Waving, hair straightening, and related chemistry (350 hours)
  • Finger waving, pincurls, roller formation, blow-waving, and related chemistry (25 hours)
  • Manicuring and related chemistry (25 hours)
  • Basic aestheticism, facials, makeup, and related chemistry (50 hours)
  • Tinting, bleaching, rinsing, reconditioning, and related chemistry (300 hours)
  • Haircutting (300 hours)
  • Sanitation, sterilization, hygiene, anatomy, laws, rules, and regulations (90 hours)
  • Professional ethics (95 hours)

High School Credits:

(each year) One business math, one science, one English plus 3 elective credits

Dual Enrollment Credit Opportunities:

motivated students can take one college course per semester at an area college outside of school hours. Eligible seniors may register for honors English and math for college credit offered on site at CTE.

Career Experiences

Work-based learning, school-to-work cooperative and varied community service opportunities. The year II program operates a lab school/salon that is open to the public where students provide a wide range of cosmetology services.

What’s Next/Professional Certifications:

At the completion of both years of study, achievement of 1500 hours, and minimum age of 18 years, students who have completed high school apply to sit for the Vermont State License