Is This Program for You?
Do you have a love for style, enjoy helping others enhance their appearance and look their best, and enjoy working closely with the public? If you are also friendly, outgoing, and creative, then a career in Cosmetology may be a perfect fit. Students must complete 1550 hours of classroom instruction to meet the requirements of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). If you want to work in Wisconsin, get licensed in Wisconsin. Make the transition from graduate to licensed Cosmetologist in Wisconsin easy.
Students entering the Cosmetology program should:
- Enjoy working closely with the public.
- Be friendly, outgoing, concerned for other people, and creative.
- Have good communication skills.
- Work well with others.
- Technical diploma requiring three semesters or more to complete.
- Financial aid available.
- Special equipment and uniforms required.
- Opportunities to attend professional salon, beauty, and fashion shows.
Cosmetology students must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the 502 program area courses to be eligible to progress from Semester 1 to Semester 2 and from Semester 2 into Semester 3. Students should check with instructor for updated regulations for taking the state Cosmetology licensure exam.
Note: In order to qualify for licensure for your cosmetology state board exam, you must be 18 years of age, have completed a minimum 1550 hours of instruction and the requirements of the Southwest Tech Cosmetology Program.
To graduate from this program and be eligible to take the state licensing examination, each student must:
- Successfully meet all Southwest Tech program requirements.
- Receive a passing grade of C in all program courses.
- Complete a minimum of 1550 theory and practical hours of training.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Perform shampoo, haircut, and style service
- Perform skin care services
- Perform chemical services
- Perform nail services
- Develop business practices for industry success
This program prepares graduates for licensing as a Cosmetology Practitioner (hair designer). A student taking the Nail Technology Certificate training will need to take a state board exam to practice as a Manicurist. A Cosmetology student can automatically practice all nail services that a Manicurist performs under the Cosmetology License.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
Credit for Prior Learning
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Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options: