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About the Program

Cosmetology is a 1,600 hour course of study designed to meet the State of California Cosmetology Act. Butte College offers 1,680 hours of study in a seven-module sequence of courses, with each module six weeks in duration.  By meeting required academic and attendance standards, each six-week module will result in 5 semester units of college credit.

The 7 six-week modules can be completed in approximately eleven months. Successful completion will enable the student to meet the 1,600 hour state licensing requirement and will result in a total of 35 units of college credit.

A Certificate of Achievement can be earned by completing the seven-module, 1,600-hour COS 100-106 program. No other General Education, competency, or district requirements need be completed for the certificate.

We also offers training programs for manicuring and skin care (esthetician). 

In order to obtain a Cosmetologist License and practice Cosmetology in the State of California, students must be 17 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, successfully complete the 1,600 course of study and pass the state examination (written and practical). Tests are administered through the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.

To enroll in this program, potential students should contact the Butte College Cosmetology and Barbering School at (530) 895-2202.

Job opportunities for licensed cosmetologists include working for chain and independent beauty salons and spas (large and small), salons and spas on luxury ships, department store salons and cosmetic departments, beauty supply stores, retail and wholesale selling, manufacturer's representatives, research and development, salon managers, owners and educators.

Program Requirements

Program Code: 01370.00AS

Type: Career

General Education: Butte Local

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Safely and accurately use all equipment and products relating to the industry.

  • Demonstrate the most current methods and procedures using professional tools and equipment.

  • Apply necessary health and safety rules.

  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.

  • Demonstrate an orderly performance of all tasks and skills, establishing methodical habits without sacrificing artistic skills.

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Required courses:
35 Units


Kim Kirkwood, Chair
(530) 895-2294

Department Office: Cosmetology and Barbering Center
(530) 895-2202

Counseling and Advising:
(530) 895-2378

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