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A cosmetologist is someone who specializes in hair, nail and skin care. You will provide beauty services, such as shampooing and conditioning, cutting, coloring, perming and styling hair. Additionally, you will braid, press, curl and relax hair, design hairstyles, and provide nail and skin services. 

You will learn the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele; sanitation practices and requirements; and knowledge of state laws and business management skills specific to cosmetologists. You also learn to work with all types of hair, as well as nails, waxing, and facials, as well as how to provide the best customer service.

After you complete your Basic class, you move to the clinic setting. The school has a salon open to the public. In the clinic setting, you will provide various services under instructor supervision.

Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, but does not guarantee you a License in any state.


To be a practicing cosmetologist, you have to pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exam to receive an Cosmetologist License. The state board exam consists of a written test and hands on demonstrations.

The Board of Cosmetology may deny your application if you do not meet its citizenship and/or high school education requirements. Visit its website for details. 


Some prospective jobs in cosmetology are at day spas, resorts, salons and cruise ships. You also may take advantage of our career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment. 

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Clock Hour Program

Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

Deer Valley 

Job Titles

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists**

Program Cost

Certificate of Competency - Cosmetology:  $9,516.62*

Median Salary

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Program Number Completion Time* Program Costs*
Cosmetologist   1193 (Day) & 1194 (Night)    1600 hr | 13 mo/21 mo   


Start Dates

*Day program months based on 32 hours a week/4 weeks a month (Monday - Thursday  7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Night program months based on 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

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