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Cosmetology Certificate

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

The 42 semester hour curriculum in cosmetology leads to a Level 1 Workforce Certificate and helps prepare graduates to take the state TDLR Cosmetology Examination. Successful completion of the examination will allow graduates to practice as a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Texas.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate introductory skills, professional ethics, and safety and sanitation procedures as required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
  • Provide safe and appropriate care to clients receiving hair, skin or nail services
  • Use effective communication skills with client
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business and ethical practices relating to the field of Cosmetology
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for successful completion of the state licensing examination

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Fees associated with the Cosmetology Certificate are as follows:

  • Kit costs, which include all supplies needed during course of program, approximately $1225. (This fee includes: trolley, set of professional shears, all professional electric tools, all hair supplies needed, i.e., combs/brushes, coloring bowls/brushes, capes, clips, pins, manicuring set, etc.)
  • Textbooks, approximately $328 new
  • Uniform which consists of black scrub pants with any solid color scrub top. Must monogram NCTC Cosmetology logo and name on top.
  • Fees to take state licensure exams, $126

This certificate is offered only through face-to-face classes. The program is designed to take three semesters, or 42 weeks, to complete. Students may enter the program at the beginning of each semester (fall, spring and summer).

*Student will enroll in four (4) courses in the fall and spring; and three (3) courses in the summer. Student must meet with an advisor in the Cosmetology Department to determine course selection each semester.

The program is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester
CSME 1401 ORIENTATION TO COSMETOLOGY 4 credit hours
CSME 1405 FUNDAMENTALS OF COSMETOLOGY 4 credit hours
CSME 1410 INTRODUCTION TO HAIR-CUTTING AND RELATED THEORY 4 credit hours
CSME 1453 CHEMICAL REFORMATION AND RELATEDTHEORY 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 16
Second Semester
CSME 2501 THE PRINCIPLES OF HAIR COLORING AND RELATED THEORY 5 credit hours
CSME 2410 ADVANCED HAIR-CUTTING AND RELATED THEORY 4 credit hours
CSME 1443 MANICURING AND RELATED THEORY 4 credit hours
CSME 1447 PRINCIPLES OF SKIN CARE/FACIALS AND RELATED THEORY 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 17
Third Semester
CSME 2237 ADVANCED COSMETOLOGY TECHNIQUES 2 credit hours
CSME 2343 SALON DEVELOPMENT 3 credit hours
CSME 2441 PREPARATION FOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATIONS 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 9

Total Credit Hours: 42

Verification of Workplace Competencies: Eligibility to sit for TDLR Cosmetology Operator's License exam.