Cosmetology student.


39-credit Technical Diploma

The WCTC Cosmetology program is offered two ways: a traditional day program that starts in Fall and Spring semesters and an evening program that starts only in the Fall semester. Contact the Education & Human Services department at 262.691.5259 for more information.

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Those working in the cosmetology field have a penchant for style, offering hair care services to customers, helping them enhance their appearance and look their best. In the Cosmetology program, learn all aspects of hair, skin and nails, and works with current fashion trend to create a total look for men, women and children.

Combine theory with practice to study the art of haircutting, styling, perm waving and chemical relaxing, and learn about nail and skin care. Gain experience in WCTC’s Style & Class Salon by working on mannequins, fellow students and salon guests. Learn business aspects of working in a salon including professional and personal development, business practices, communication and Wisconsin law.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Wisconsin practitioner’s licensing exam.

  • Prepare for jobs such as barber, hairdresser, hair stylist or cosmetologist.
  • The program is 1550 hours.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $19,117

Review gainful employment information.

Program Code 31-502-1

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Evening Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

Fall or Spring Start

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 502-370 Study of the Hair and Scalp2  
 502-371 Hairstyling 12  
 502-372 Chemical Texturizing 12  
 502-373 Hair Color 12  
 502-374 Nails 12  
 502-375 Haircutting 13  
 502-376 Salon Ecology1  
 502-378 Retail Sales and Marketing1  
 502-379 Salon Services 11  
 502-384 Personal & Professional Growth1  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 502-380 Haircutting 22  
 502-381 Hairstyling 21  
 502-382 Facials and Skin Care 11  
 502-383 Chemical Texturizing 21  
 502-385 Hair Color 21  
 502-386 Salon Services 22  
 502-387 Hair Cutting and Styling 32  
 502-389 Facials and Skin Care 21  
 502-390 Chemical Texturizing & Color1  
 502-391 Salon Business1  
 502-392 Salon Services 33 *
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 502-393 Barber Cosmetology Law1  
 502-394 Mock Board Prep & Assessment1  
 502-396 Industry Externship1  
 502-395 Salon Services 43 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Kevin Amborn

Kevin Amborn

Phone: 262.691.5310


  • La Crosse School of Cosmetology, Milwaukee Area Technical College


  • State Licensed Instructor

Teaching Philosophy

"I strive to provide each individual with the foundation necessary to begin a career full of lifelong learning."

Program instructor, Kathy Schauer

Kathy Schauer

Phone: 262.691.5310


  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Barber/Cosmetology Manager/Instructor License


  • Wisconsin Technical College System 5-year certification

Teaching Philosophy

"Successful teaching is meeting the learning styles of each individual student while self-motivating them through their own successes."

Program instructor, Carey Miller

Carey Miller

Phone: 262.695.3409


  • AAS – Barber Cosmetology, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Manager/Instructor License, Milwaukee Area Technical College


  • Wisconsin Technical College System 5-year certification

Teaching Philosophy

"Teaching should provide an opportunity for continual learning, helping foster personal and professional growth. My goal is to provide a quality, active, stimulating learning environment in order to motivate students to realize their potential."