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Licensed cosmetologists work in salons and shops across the country, as well as in advertising, television and film —making up a significant portion of the multi-billion dollar beauty industry.

Cosmetology programs directly prepare students to become licensed cosmetologists--including offering the mandated 1,000 training hours required to become licensed and begin working in the field. Students learn a variety of skincare, nail care, hair care and beauty techniques. Because they work closely with people and handle a number of strong chemicals, safety and sanitation standards are reinforced throughout the learning process. Skills required for running and succeeding in a small business environment are explored, including customer service, marketing, employability and business finance and management. Training also covers professional ethics and Massachusetts laws and regulations.

This program is only available as a State-Approved (Chapter-74) program. This means that programs will provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field.


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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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