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Barber Cosmetologist


  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-502-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Barbers
  • Cosmetologist
  • Hair Stylists
  • Manicurist
  • Nail Technicians
  • Pedicurists

If you have a strong interest in personal appearance, have artistic flair, enjoy working with people, and are seeking a career with many excellent employment opportunities, consider the Cosmetology Program.

CVTC has recently created a state-of-the-art barber-cosmetology lab. You'll gain hands-on experience in a setting as close as possible to the work environment you'll find in this career area.

You will gain a complete understanding of salon operations, from marketing and retailing to hygiene and communication skills. The program includes classroom and hands-on instruction to develop the skills you need:

  • Basic and specialty haircutting
  • Ethnic hair care
  • Manicure, pedicure, and nail enhancements
  • Facials, makeup artistry, and color analysis
  • Hair designing and styling
  • Salon sciences
  • Salon operations and management
  • Retail sales/marketing
  • Wisconsin cosmetology laws
  • Bacteriology and sanitation
  • Perming and coloring
  • Hair, skin, and scalp conditioning
  • Professionalism and ethics

The possibilities for employment related to this career are excellent, with good earning potential. More than 40 percent of all the people in this profession are self-employed, and many more work flexible schedules. With a career in the cosmetologist field, you have options!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 53
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 75 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 36 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.