Hair Stylist (32 Hours Per Week)

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Hair Stylist program will provide students with the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele. Topics also include knowledge of laws pertaining to hair stylists, as well as skills necessary for starting and managing a salon. As a hair stylist, 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 and design hairstyles. All work will be performed safely using proper disinfection and sanitation techniques. Upon completing the Hair Stylist program, students will be prepared to sit for the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board (BCB) hair stylist licensing exam.

This program is designed to meet education requirements for licensure or certification in the State of Arizona. Granting licensure and certification is the sole responsibility of the state board or approval agency. This program is only offered and available to students located in the State of Arizona. The Maricopa County Community College District and colleges define student location within Administrative Regulation 2.2.3(7).


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Hair Stylist (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 Hair Stylist program upon successful completion of their program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee a hair stylist license (in any state). The Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board (BCB) may deny a student`s application if they determine that the student does not meet their other requirements for citizenship and/or high school education requirements.

If students have concerns about their citizenship status and/or high school education requirements, they are strongly encouraged to immediately contact the BCB 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 hair stylist 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 Arizona-based 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 Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

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 I 200
COS116 Student Salon II 200

Block 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
COS118 Hair Stylist State Licensure Focus 200

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 (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.