Cosmetology is the study or art of cosmetics and its use. However, in the last 35 years, the word cosmetology has come to be accepted as the study and art of improving a person’s appearance. This includes hair, nails, and make-up. Cosmetologists today must know not only how to improve their client’s appearance, but also about the chemicals being used that affect the skin, hair and health of the client.
The doors of opportunity are more open today in this career than at any time in history. A cosmetologist, as in any other profession of artistry, is limited only by imagination and education. Cosmetologists shampoo, cut, style, relax, permanent wave, and color hair. Additionally, cosmetologists are trained and educated to give manicures and pedicures, as well as scalp and facial treatments.
Work ethics are an integral part of the cosmetology program at Trenholm State Community College. Courses such as Business of Cosmetology and Career and Personal Development are essential for the student to own and manage a business as well as work with the public. The goal of the Trenholm State Cosmetology program is to educate students with the knowledge needed to obtain an Alabama State Board of Cosmetology license and to maintain and build a great means of providing for themselves and their families.
The Alabama State Board of Cosmetology requires a written and practical examination to obtain a license to provide cosmetology services to the public in Alabama. To be eligible to apply for this license, the student must complete 1,200 credit unit hours or 1,500 actual clock hours at an accredited cosmetology school. *If a student begins, but does not complete the Cosmetology program, earned hours or grades are only valid or transferrable for up to one year from the date of the last term hours were earned. If the student returns to complete the program, and they have not been enrolled for more than twelve months from the term of the last earned hours, the student must start the program from the beginning.
Note: This is a clock hour program subject to the U. S. Department of Education revised regulations regarding Pell grant disbursement, effective July 1, 2011.
*Additional information Regarding Cosmetology Instructor Training: Applicants for the CIT program must submit a departmental application and complete both an oral and a practical interview and score satisfactorily on these items before being admitted to the program. You must also have a minimum of three years’ salon experience as a licensed Cosmetologist in an ABOC registered salon. *The CIT program is an independent study program.