Cosmetology students receive comprehensive training in all areas of hairdressing and the related fields needed to qualify for both the state licensing examination and employment as a cosmetologist. Students also learn business management. Curriculum includes inventory control, record keeping and salon based technology, personal hygiene and good grooming, bacteriology, sterilization and sanitation. Anatomy and physiology play an important part in the program.

• Graduate from an accredited school and • Pass the Cosmetology State  Board Exam.
Becoming a BARBER (post High School licensing)
• 1000 hours of schooling in a state-licensed facility, 2 years of on-the-job training and/or school experience.
• If trained by a Massachusetts Barber School, an apprentice Barber may apply to sit for the Master License after holding the apprentice license for 18 months.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Hairdresser                                          * Hairstylist
  • Cosmetologist                                     * Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician                                   * Hair Colorist
  • Aesthetician                                         * Manicurist

Certification and Career Advancement:  Advancement usually takes the form of higher earnings as barbers and cosmetologists gain experience and build a steady clientele. Some barbers and cosmetologists manage salons, lease booth space in salons, or open their own salons after several years of experience. Others teach in barber or cosmetology schools or provide training through vocational schools. Still others advance to become sales representatives, image or fashion consultants, or examiners for State licensing boards.



  • Registered Cosmetologist                                   * Registered Aesthetician I
  • Registered Operator                                            * Registered Aesthetician II
  • Registered Manicurist                                         * Aesthetician Instructor
  • Registered Instructor                                           * Registered Demonstrator
  • Registered Demonstrator
  • Cosmetology Salon, Booth Shop, Manicuring Shop

Technical and Higher Education Majors: 

  • Make-up Artist Specialist
  • Cosmetic Chemistry
  • Trichology
  • Business/Marketing
  • Business/Entrepreneurship:  Salon Manager

Cosmetology graduates have been empoyed by the following companies:

  • Dellaria’s Salon, Boston                                                                Vidal Sassoon Salon, Boston
  • Phillip Ciampa, Lexington,Winchester & Wakefield               James Joseph Salon, Boston
  • Laschi’s, Reading                                                                            Jack and Jill Hair Salon, Lynn
  • Creative Expressions, Lexington                                                 Tangles Hair Salon, Saugus
  • Skin for All Seasons, Revere

Apprentice/Licensing Connections: 

Division of Registration of Cosmetologists
1000 Washington St #710, Boston, MA 02118     (617) 727-9940

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, American Board of Certified Hair Colorists (ABCH)

Industry Certifications and License Option Available in High School:

  • OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification
  • Cosmetology State Board Exam
  • Barbicide: Product Specific Sanitation Certification
  • SOCAP Hair Exensions: Product Specific Hair Certification
  • Cosmetology & Barbering Student Apprentice

Tuition Credits toward post-secondary certifications can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

  •  Catherine Hinds Esthetics School, Woburn : 75 credit hours toward Aesthetics programs
  •  Electrology Institute of New England:  80 credit hours toward Advanced Esthetic Program
  •  Elizabeth Grady Esthetics School, Medford : 75 credit hours toward Aesthetics programs


GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY- COURSE# COS   1.4 CREDITS​ The Grade 9 Exploratory Program in Cosmetology introduces students to a variety of different aspects of the salon curriculum. Students also practice all safety procedures, including sterilization and sanitation precautions as shown by the instructor. The integration of academics and career technical curriculum includes daily writing assignments. While Exploratory students do not need to wear a uniform while in shop, they must dress appropriately for the Cosmetology Shop setting. Concepts of Exploratory include salon safety & sanitation, hair styling, makeup & career exploration.  We put an emphasis on employability skills that are relevant in all career areas.

GRADE 9 SHOP- COURSE# COSF-16  4 CREDITS The Freshman class will study the History of Cosmetology and Safety in the Salon which includes infection control and sanitation. Students will be introduced to beginning level hair, nails & makeup instruction, life skills & communication.

GRADE 10 SHOP- COURSE# CO2  20 CREDITS Grade 10 Cosmetology students will study the following competencies: Wet Hairstyling: Shampooing, conditioning, finger waving, roller sets, pin curl placement, braiding and comb outs; Thermal: Round brush styling, iron curling, special occasion styling, comb-outs; and haircutting; students will be introduced to basic haircutting skills; Skin care treatments & Hair Removal: Eyebrow shaping, waxing, manicuring, and make-up application. Students will also practice all safety procedures and sanitation precautions as shown by the instructor.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #CO2R   5 CREDITS Grade 10 Cosmetology Related students will study the following competencies: Cosmetology / The History and Opportunities, Life Skills, Professional Image, Facials, Communication, Infection Control, Properties of Hair and Scalp, Hair Design Principles, Shampooing, Rinsing and Conditioning, Braiding, Histology of Skin, Hair Removal, Facials, Makeup, Nail Structure, Manicuring, Anatomy/ Physiology. Materials Required​:​ Text book, work books, uniform and shop kit. Students must replace any materials missing from shop kits as needed.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #CO3   25 CREDITS Grade 11 students will study the following competencies: Salon Management, Thermal Hair Styling, Wet Styling, Blow Drying, Haircutting, Permanent Waving, Waxing, Advanced Skin Careand Intro to Basic Hair Coloring, Pedicuring, advanced Nail techniques, and Make-up. The students will practice all safety procedures, sterilization and sanitation precautions as shown by the instructor.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #CO3R   5 CREDITS Grade 11 Cosmetology Related students will study the following in theory and practical: Salon Management, Nails/Diseases/Disorders, Thermal Hair Styling, Skin/Diseases/Disorders, Hair Styling, Removing Unwanted Hair, Haircutting, Electricity, Permanent Waving, Chemistry, Facials, Anatomy/Physiology, and Color Theory. Materials Required​:​ Text book, work books, uniform and shop kit. Students must replace any materials missing from shop kits as needed

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #CO4   25 CREDITS Grade 12 Cosmetology students complete curriculum in preparation for the Massachusetts State Board Examination for their Operator’s’ License. Successful licensing allows students opportunities to participate in the Cooperative Education Program (additional eligibility criteria apply). Senior Cosmetology students complete the following competencies: Salon Management; Chemical Hair Relaxing/ Reconstruction, Advanced Hair Coloring/ Special Effects, Color Analysis, Sanitation, Haircutting, Clinic/Salon Management, Client Procedure / Conduct, Anatomy/Physiology and Chemistry.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #CO4R   5 CREDITS Grade 12 students are prepared to take the state board licensure exam. Advanced chemistry, anatomy & physiology, Advanced Hair Color are covered. Students also learn salon ready skills for retailing, and also soft skills such as communication & consultation skills are perfected. Senior cosmetology students practice advanced styling & chemical service skills. Authentic assessment is conducted through working on salon/ clinic clients.

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