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Capital Region Career & Technical School


Lexi Bortle of Guilderland washes hairMaking people see their inner beauty. What could be a more fulfilling job? That is the task of cosmetologists who provide beauty services that range from caring for the cosmetic condition of hair and nails and nails to waxing and messaging skin.  

The Cosmetology program at the Capital Region Career & Technical School puts students on the fast track for a career in the beauty industry with program alumni doing everything from working in high-end salons to make-up design for Hollywood studios.

Upon graduation, students can pursue a vast array of careers including cosmetology salon or school owner, platform artist, electrologist, hair colorist/specialist, hair stylist, makeup artist or demonstrator, manicurist/nail technician, skin care specialist, product educator/demonstration, salon manager or research technician.

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Fast Facts (for cosmetologists and barbers)

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 13 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022.
  • Median U.S. Salary: $22,770 (in 2012).
  • Education requirements: All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.


A schoharie student does hairHow Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Capital Region BOCES teaches students the competencies and professional skills necessary to pass the New York State Board practical and written licensing exams. 

Students attend the Cosmetology program for two years, including a required summer school session (120 hours), to satisfy the state requirement of 1,000 hours of training. Students engage in hands-on learning where theory is applied and skills and competencies are strengthened. A clinic open to members of the local community provides students with real life experience in their field.

The program features integrated academics including English/language arts, applied math and science, and practical chemistry, for which some schools grant high school credit in addition to the career and technical program credit.

Click here for the units of study.


Academic prerequisites:

  • 10th grade reading level
  • 8th grade math level


A student performs a facial

Suggested prerequisites:

  • Ability to meet physical demands of profession
  • Ability to communicate
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Keyboarding
  • Introduction to computers
  • Science
  • Art


College articulation agreements:

  • CTE has an articulation agreement with Schenectady County Community College (1 credit in Ethics received senior year)

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Going 'green'

  • Cosmetology students learn about electrical draw and energy efficiency, and they work with many hair, skin and aromatherapy products that are now formulated from organic ingredients. They conserve resources by recycling paper and plastic, buying in bulk, and using fabric towels and capes that are laundered in energy efficient washers and dryers and reused for cleaning once worn out.


Cosmetology handbook:

  • Follow this link for a PDF of the document.






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