Cosmetology Degrees

& Length Of Time To Earn The Degree

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Written by:  ciel s cantoria • Edited by: Noreen Gunnell
Published Dec 21, 2010 • Related Guides: Hair

Most aspiring cosmetologists would like to know the length of time it takes to get a degree in cosmetology. At this early stage, they should be aware that it takes more than a degree or training certificate to qualify as a salon worker. A working license is a basic requirement in all US states.

 How Long Does It Take to Get a Degree in Cosmetology?


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An Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology

takes about two-years, while the length of time to earn cosmetology training certificates varies. It can be a 350-hour or a 1500-hour training course, and will all depend on the type of salon service involved.?

How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist?

Most state license boards require a minimum of 1,500 hours of education credits, and that would be equivalent to eighteen months. However, the requirements may vary from state to state, because some states allow an equivalent of 3,000 hours of apprenticeship in lieu of a formal certified training.

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What‘s the Difference between an Associate’s Degree and a Certificate in Cosmetology?

Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology

Most cosmetology-aspirants take-up the two-year Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology since a 1500-hour certificate course is equivalent to 18 months or almost a year and a half.

The additional six months education will lead to an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Cosmetology. The coursework include skills training and knowledge about skin and hair science as well as how to operate and manage one’s own beauty or spa salon.

In earning an associate’s degree, the student will also have the potentials to become an instructor for a cosmetology school. Some US states, require a high-school diploma or its equivalent in apprenticeship experience, before one can enroll in a technical college or university.

Certifications in Cosmetology

A training certificate for a 1,500-hour general cosmetology curriculum includes instructional courses for different salon services which are partly conducted in a salon-setting. Although some of the instructional training may be imparted on a per course basis, these are usually taken as continuing education credits to meet the state’s requirement for license renewal.

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