Cosmetologist (32 Hours Per Week)

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Cosmetologist program will prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele, state laws pertaining to cosmetologists, as well as business management skills to start and manage a salon. As a cosmetologist, students will provide beauty services such as shampooing and conditioning, cutting, coloring, perming, and styling hair. Additionally, students will braid, press, curl and relax hair, design hairstyles, and provide nail and skin services. All work will be performed safely using proper disinfection and sanitation techniques. Upon completing the Cosmetologist program, students will be prepared to sit for the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board (BCB) licensing exam.


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Cosmetologist (32 Hours Per Week) (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2024

Students must successfully pass each course with a minimum grade of 80% and 100% of the course hours required in order to continue on to the next course. Students may apply for graduation from the Cosmetologist program upon successful completion of the program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee a cosmetologist license (in any state). The Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board (BCB) may deny an application if it`s determined that the student does not meet citizenship and/or high school education requirements if under the age of 18. If students have concerns about their citizenship status and/or high school education requirements, they are strongly encouraged to immediately contact the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board via its website: HTTPS://BCB.AZ.GOV/, give full disclosure of their situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College will not give refunds or be held liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona cosmetologist license.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply proper safety and sanitation practices including infection control and first aid in compliance with the BCB.
  2. Communicate in a culturally responsive manner to build trust and rapport with clients, colleagues, work teams and various industry professionals.
  3. Employ personal wellness strategies.
  4. Identify the basic needs in human relations.
  5. Apply knowledge of fundamental science concepts, including anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, and physiology when performing services.
  6. Evaluate client needs through consultation, within the scope of practice, to educate clients, define design considerations and decisions, and determine appropriate tools and products needed to achieve the desired results.
  7. Accurately document services performed, including service releases, client treatment records, and service incidences in accordance with industry and BCB standards.
  8. Apply skills learned on live and mock models in a salon setting.
  9. Create basic hair services, including hair care, hair design, hair styling, hair cutting, hair coloring, chemical hair texturing, products, and tools on mock and live models.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS104 Hair Essentials I 200
COS106 Hair Essentials II 200

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS114 Student Salon 1 200
COS116 Student Salon 2 200

Block 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS119 Nail Essentials 200
COS212 Skin Essentials 200

Block 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS214 Student Salon 3 200
COS218 Cosmetology State Licensure Focus 100

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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