Start a stylish new career with Alabama Southern's cosmetology certificate program
Spas, beauty salons and nail care centers have become relaxing havens from today's hectic world. Certified cosmetologists enjoy rewarding careers interacting with people in a creative, hands-on environment. Earn a Cosmetology certificate from Alabama Southern, and start your stylish new career today!
Alabama Southern's Cosmetology Certificate Program is designed to prepare you for a promising career in the art of beauty and qualify you to take the Alabama Board of Cosmetology licensing exam. In approximately one year, you can be working in an exciting profession that allows you to help people look and feel better about themselves.
A Great Learning Environment Alabama Southern's cosmetology lab located on the Thomasville campus is one of the most modern and best-equipped in the South. You'll learn the art and science of beauty care through hands-on experience with hair styling, permanent waving, facials, hair coloring, waxing, nail care and more.
Our instructors stay at the forefront of the beauty industry and frequently attend national conferences and shows to make sure you are learning the most current techniques and styles. Our courses prepare you to enter an exciting career as a cosmetologist, esthetician, stylist, manicurist, platform artist or other beauty-related job such as beauty supply representative, make-up artist, or retail beauty supply sales. Certified cosmetologists can earn $20,000 to $30,000 depending on their level of expertise, number of hours worked and the building of clientele. For more information concerning employment trends and earning potential, please refer to the U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov.
After you graduate, you will be required to take a written and practical exam administered by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology to become a licensed cosmetologist. Once you have your license, you will be eligible to be employed as a licensed cosmetologist.
Changing Styles, Changing Attitudes Styles have changed, and so have consumers. Once men went to barbers, and women went to salons. Now, cosmetologists provide services for both sexes. Likewise, cosmetology, once considered a woman's profession, now offers career opportunities for both men and women. In fact, male graduates of our program have built successful and prosperous careers in this field. Alabama Southern offers many programs that provide access to gender equity employment.
Alabama Southern's Cosmetology Program prepares you for on-the-job success. Students will take 52-53 semester hours in Cosmetology courses including:
COS 111 Introduction to Cosmetology
COS 113 Theory of Chemical Services
COS 115 Hair Coloring Theory
COS 117 Basic Spa Techniques
COS 125 Career and Personal Development
COS 133 Salon Management Technology
COS 151 Nail Care
COS 152 Nail Care Applications
COS 167 State Board Review
COS 181-182 Special Topics
Cosmetology students learn skills such as:
Safe and sanitary procedures
Selecting and using appropriate styling aids, equipment, and tools
Haircutting techniques using clippers, shears, razors, and tapering shears
Shampooing and conditioning
Styling, permanent waving, straightening, and coloring hair
Providing facials, scalp massages, and manicures
Keeping salon records and assisting in salon management
Students are also required to take 8-21 semester hours of general education courses including Basic English, Basic Math, Reading and Study Skills.
Two Program Options Alabama Southern offers two certificate programs in Cosmetology: Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor. After completing the Cosmetology Program and working in the field, some graduates return to take the Cosmetology Instructor Program to become qualified to teach. This program prepares you to make lesson plans, keep records, and teach various skills as well as state regulations.
CIT 211 Teaching and Curriculum Development
CIT 212 Teacher Mentorship
CIT 213 Cosmetology Instructor Co-Op
CIT 221 Lesson Plan Implementation
CIT 222 Audio Visual Materials and Methods
CIT 223 Audio Visual Materials and Methods Applications
CIT 224 Special Topics in Cosmetology Instruction
Cosmetology Admission Requirements
Students should have completed the 10th grade or have High School diploma or GED. Students without a GED or High School diploma may enter the program after passing the Ability to Benefit Test.
Students must complete Alabama Southern admissions application and submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.
All students must take the Asset/ Compass Placement Test for Math and English placement.
For more information, please contact the Director of Cosmetology - Lyn Smith, (334) 637-3180 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Director, Chandra Washington, (334) 637-3152 or email@example.com.