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Cosmetology

The purpose of this program is to prepare a person for employment as a cosmetologist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully passing the Florida cosmetology license examination. Specialized classroom and practical experiences are concerned with a variety of beauty treatments including the care and beautification of the hair, complexion, and hands. Students are given the knowledge, skills, and necessary work experiences for employment at job entry level. Instruction is also designed to qualify students for the Florida Cosmetology Licensing Examination which requires 1200 hours of instruction.

Content includes equipment use, sanitation and sterilization procedures, hair styling, shampoos and rinses, scalp treatment, haircuts, hair coloring, permanent wave applications, hair straightening, facial treatments, make up, manicures and salon operations.


This occupation has an average wage of $9.58 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Cosmetology:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
CSP0009 A Grooming and Salon Services Core, Facials and Nails 225
COS0002 Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 1 300
COS0003 Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 2 300
COS0009  Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 3 375
TOTAL HOURS 1200
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday-Thursday
2:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Monday-Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Traviss Technical College
3225 Winter Lake Road
Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Monday-Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Facials Specialty:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
CSP0265 A Facials/Skin Care Specialist 260
TOTAL HOURS 260

Nails Specialty:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
CSP0015 A Manicurist and Pedicurist 240
TOTAL HOURS 240
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM