The Cosmetology program at the Capital Region Career & Technical School teaches students the competencies and professional skills necessary to pass the New York State Board practical and written licensing exams. Only licensed cosmetologists may work in salons in New York State, and to sit for the licensing exam, they must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of approved instruction.
Students attend the Cosmetology program for two years, including a required summer school session (120 hours), to satisfy the hours requirement. 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.
Cosmetology salon or school owner
Makeup artist or demonstrator
Skin care specialist
Units of study:
Decontamination and infection control
Properties of the hair and scalp
Shampooing, rinsing, conditioning
Hair cutting and coloring
Artistry in hair styling
Thermal hair styling
Wet hair styling
Chemical hair relaxing and soft curl permanents
Thermal hair pressing
The artistry of artificial hair
The nail and its disorders
Removing unwanted hair
Cells, anatomy and physiology
Electricity and light therapy
The salon business
Integrated science (1st year students)
Integrated English (2nd year students)
Students create a portfolio which they present to teachers, administrators, peers and/or industry professionals. The portfolio includes employability information and exemplary work in technical and communication skills that students have created and developed over the course of the year.
10th grade reading level
8th grade math level
Ability to meet physical demands of profession
Ability to communicate
Good hand-eye coordination
Introduction to computers
The Capital Region Career & Technical School has an articulation agreement with Schenectady County Community College (1 credit in Ethics received senior year)
C0smet0logy handbook (pdf - Download here)
Successful Cosmetology grad never stops learning, growing
"My work is fun, and I do what I love. I feel like the luckiest person in the world." Cyndy Slyke's passion for Cosmetology is as boundless as the opportunities the field presents and rivaled only by her enthusiasm for Career & Tech. The class of 2000 Cosmetology alumna has worked as a hairstylist, cosmetics rep, makeup artist, consultant, writer and volunteer. She has won awards, been published and is a popular guest speaker who is dedicated to advancing her own professional education. Read more
Salons, barbershops and day spas offer numerous employment opportunities for licensed cosmetologists and barbers, while resorts and retreats provide another source of jobs. Growth in our region’s technological, educational and business sectors will increase the demand for experienced professionals.
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.