Cosmetology Certificate

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

The 34 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

This certificate is a pathway to the Cosmetology Associate of Applied Science degree.

Fees associated with the Cosmetology Certificate are as follows and are included in tuition:

  • Kit costs, which include all supplies needed during course of program. This fee includes trolley, set of professional shears, all professional electric tools, and all hair supplies needed (i.e., combs/brushes, coloring bowls/brushes, capes, clips, pins, manicuring set, etc.). Kit fees will be divided between first two 8-week semesters and will be included in tuition.
    • First 8-week kit will be approximately $1,447
    • Second & third 8-week kit will be approximately $1,057
  • Textbooks, approximately $394
  • Supply Fees, $200
  • Fees to take state licensure exams, $122
  • TDLR Permit Fee, $25
  • Liability Insurance, $9-$24 total

Uniform will consist of scrubs of student's choice. Student will be required to purchase a vest or smock. First name must be monogrammed on vest or smock.

This certificate is offered through hybrid and face-to-face classes.

Students will enroll into two courses per 8-week session for a total of 8 courses to be completed in four sessions with a total of 34 semester credit hours (SCH). Students must pass these courses successfully to proceed to next course in sequence. Summer semesters are 10 weeks.

1st 8-week session: 8 SCH
2nd 8-week session: 9 SCH
3rd 8-week session: 8 SCH
4th 8-week session: 9 SCH

Certificate Requirements

1st 8-weeks

Courses and credits required
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CSME 1401 ORIENTATION TO COSMETOLOGY 4
CSME 1405 FUNDAMENTALS OF COSMETOLOGY 4

2nd 8-weeks

Courses and credits required
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CSME 1410 INTRODUCTION TO HAIRCUTTING AND RELATED THEORY 4
CSME 2530 NAIL ENHANCEMENT 5

3rd 8-weeks

Courses and credits required
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CSME 2501 THE PRINCIPLES OF HAIR COLORING AND RELATED THEORY 5
CSME 1348 PRINCIPLES OF SKINCARE 3

4th 8-weeks

Courses and credits required
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CSME 2472 COSMETOLOGY APPLICATIONS AND RELATED THEORY 4
CSME 2541 PREPARATION FOR THE STATE LICENSE EXAM 5

Total Credit Hours: 34

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