Cosmetology at College of San Mateo - Degrees & Certificates
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree

Cosmetology 81 units

Certificate of Achievement

Cosmetology 57 units

Recommended high school preparation:

Coursework in Art, Business Mathematics, Accounting, Psychology, and Interpersonal Communication.

State Law requires completion of the tenth grade or equivalent. Student must be 17 years of age to be eligible for the State Examination. High School students may enroll in cosmetology training at College of San Mateo in their junior or senior year. Contact the Cosmetology Department for more information.

The Cosmetology program at CSM is designed to give students the finest training and experience available, and to prepare them for qualification to take the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology examination for licensure as a cosmetologist. Through the expertise of a talented faculty and exposure to professional cosmetologists and salon owners, students can learn hair design, hair coloring, hair analysis, skin care, nail care, and aesthetic enhancement of the body.

Skilled cosmetologists find employment with full-service and specialty salons. Licensed cosmetologists also have the freedom to work either full or part-time, and employment opportunities are available without regard to gender or age. The employment outlook for cosmetologists is good, with positions presently outnumbering applicants.

Admission Requirements: Student must complete the four items below.
    1. The CSM Admissions Application
    2. The Cosmetology Program Application (Contact the Department for an application (650) 574-6363)
    3. CSM English Placement Test
    4. CSM Matriculation requirements
Admissions priority is given to San Mateo Community College District residents.

When space is available, students with previous training may be eligible for admission to the Advanced Standing program in Cosmetology within a one-year period of withdrawal from a previous school and upon submission of State Board records to the Cosmetology Department.

No student who has completed more than 600 hours of approved training in another school will be admitted to the Advanced Standing program.