Cosmetology is a two-year, 1,000 hour accredited New York State Licensing Program committed to preparing students for current and emerging careers in the salon industry.  Students are trained in all the basic fundamentals of salon services through theory and hands-on training for complete understanding of the beauty and spa industry.  Students will learn the academic and hands-on skills necessary to pass the New York State Licensing Exam and to become a successful hairstylist in the field of cosmetology.  Upon completion of the 1,000 hours, students will be eligible to apply for a New York State Licensing exam which will allow them to practice in a salon, day spa, and fashion shows or as a product representative or sales consultant in the State of New York. View the program flyer.


Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest and some ability in this area
  • Eager to work at learning new things
  • Willingness to receive constructive feedback on their progress
  • Able to meet the physical demands of the salon industry
  • Excellent attendance is a must in order to obtain the hours needed for program certification
  • Parental support of the career and the Cosmetology program


Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Studio in Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Business/Entrepreneurship


Curriculum and materials used

  • Milady Standard Cosmetology, Thompson Delmar Learning
  • Milady Theory and Practical Workbooks


Topics Covered

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Braiding, Curling, Finger Waves
  • Permanent Waves
  • Facial Treatments
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Basic Manicure and Pedicure
  • Haircutting and Design
  • Scissors, Razors, Clippers
  • Hair Color


Cosmetology students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.


College credit available through the program

Bryant & Stratton College
BUSS 100 Business Principals (3 credit hours)
Columbia-Greene Community College
BU ELE Business Elective (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends this college.)


Related career opportunities

  • Cosmetologist
  • Desairologist
  • Aesthetician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Product Salesperson
  • Spa Owner/Employee


Industry-based Certifications (attainable through program)

New York State Cosmetologist License


Technical Assessment

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Cosmetology NY
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.


Consultant Committee

  • Adam & Eve Beauty Center
  • Casa Urbano Salon
  • Custom Cutters
  • Eddy Retirement and Rehabilitation-Delmar & Troy
  • Fantastic Sams
  • Gregory’s Barbershop
  • Kylie and Company
  • Questar III
  • Lisa Marie Beauty Salon
  • Serenity Day Spa
  • Smith’s Beauty Supply
  • Spa-Lon Salon
  • The Hair Gallery
  • The Hair Lab
  • Upstage Productions
  • Visions Hair
  • Walking The Dog Theatre
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