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Technical Diploma


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Cosmetology Overview

Are you looking for a fun career that allows you to utilize your creative and artistic skills? CVTC’s Cosmetology program allows you to learn all aspects of skin, hair, and nail care.

In our state-of-the-art cosmetology salon, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a setting that mirrors the work environment. Your training will prepare you for an easy transition into a professional salon career as a hair stylist, barber, or owner.

You will gain a complete understanding of salon operations, from marketing and retail, to hygiene and communication skills. The cosmetology classes will cover:

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

Salon & Spa


Come check out the salon and spa!

  Shear Inspiration is a state-of-the-art salon and learning lab providing haircut, color, manicure, and pedicure services. Cosmetology students perform the services with the help of industry-expert instructors, keeping the cost reasonable for community members. Learn more.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

44 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosure


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $11,383

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Career Opportunities


Hair Stylist

Graduate Employers

Bliss Salon

Cost Cutters

Grazie Aveda Concept Salon

Great Clips

Ulta Beauty

Wild Flower Beauty

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Cosmetology graduates reported an average starting salary of $27,226.



100% of our recent Cosmetology graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 158 job openings in the CVTC district for the Cosmetology industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Cosmetology program.

Sample Courses

Haircutting 1
Topics of this course include: basic techniques and principles used in male and female haircutting techniques, client consultation procedures, safety and sanitation procedures, and professionalism.

Nail Technology
Fundamentals include basic nail terminology, basic acrylics, basic nail design, product knowledge, and safety and sanitation practices.

Salon Business Operations
Learn an overview of salon management/ownership responsibilities, decision making in business, business planning, and financial management.

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Sami, Cosmetology Student

I love the instructors here. They are flexible, super friendly, and are always there when you have questions.


Cosmetology Student

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Admission Requirements

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