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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.

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 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.

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 Compass Placement Test for Math and English placement.


For more information, please contact the Director of Cosmetology - Lyn Smith, (334) 637-3180 or lbsmith@ascc.edu or Assistant Director, Chandra Washington, (334) 637-3152 or cwashington@ascc.edu.

Alabama Southern Community College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the official policy of the Alabama Community College System, including postsecondary institutions under the control of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, handicap, gender, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. Alabama Southern Community College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified disabled applicants or employees.

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