Cosmetology

If you enjoy helping others look and feel their best, cosmetology may be the career for you. Cosmetologists provide hair, scalp, facial, nail and other personal care services. Cosmetologists should enjoy working with a wide range of people. The cosmetology industry in Kentucky is regulated by the state Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists. Applicants must meet board requirements for admission, and graduates must pass a state board examination to become a licensed practitioner.

Career Opportunities

Work as a hairstylist or cosmetology instructor. Cosmetologists are employed by beauty salons; spas; department, drug and cosmetic stores; nursing and other residential-care homes. Many cosmetologists start their own businesses. Instructors are employed at cosmetology schools.

Wage/Salary Information

Go to www.salary.com and search by job title and zip code for current wage information.

Program Home Campus

Covington; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Admissions

Applicants must meet KCTCS admission requirements and complete an enrollment application from the Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists. Applicants must furnish proof that they have completed two years of high school or its equivalent. Proof can be a high school transcript; a GED test with a minimum grade of 39; a notarized statement from a high school principal, counselor or superintendent, written on school stationery, saying the applicant has education equal to the tenth grade; or a high school or GED diploma.

Credentials

Certificates and diploma. An associate in applied science degree is available through the General Occupational and Technical Studies program. Visit the KCTCS Catalog for details on the GOTS program.

Program Length

(After any developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)

  • Certificate: Varies by certificate, three to four semesters
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Associate degree: Two years

Progression in the Cosmetology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each technical course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

Advising Sheet (PDF)

Professional Licensure

Cosmetologist: After successful completion of the prescribed 1800 hours of instruction and a six-month apprenticeship, program graduates are eligible to take an examination administered by the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetology to become licensed cosmetologists.

Apprentice Cosmetology Instructor: After successful completion of the prescribed 1000 hours of instruction, program graduates are eligible to take an examination administered by the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetology to become licensed cosmetology instructors.

Credential requirements

Diploma

Certificates