Certificates are not academic degree but are provided to document knowledge in certain professional fields for those students aspiring to employment in that field or for current professionals seeking to acquire new knowledge for professional advancement. Classes used to satisfy the requirements for a certificate carry academic credit and may also be used to satisfy major and minor degree requirements.

Cosmetology Certificate

The Cosmetology Certificate is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in the field of cosmetology. Students are required to complete 36 credits (1,500 clock hours). Successful completion of this course enables students to sit for the State of Illinois licensing examination.

Program Description

Hours & Course Schedule

Students must complete 1,500 clock hours.

Full-Time Course Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Occupational Opportunities

Students who receive a Certificate in Cosmetology go on to become:

  • Cosmetologists
  • Nail Technicians
  • Estheticians
  • Make-up Artists
  • Sales Representatives
  • Manufacturing Representatives
  • Salon Owners
  • Product Designers
  • Platform Artists
  • Distributors

Licensure Requirements

Basic Training 150 hours of classroom instruction in general theory and practical application shall be provided that shall include a minimum of the following subject areas: tools and their use, shampoo, understanding chemicals and use, types of hair, sanitation, hygiene, skin diseases and conditions, anatomy and physiology, electricity, ethics, nail technology, and esthetics.

Practical Chemical Application/Hair Treatment 500 hours of instruction, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands on experience, shall be provided in the following subject areas: chemical safety, permanent waving, hair coloring, tinting and bleaching, hair relaxing, hair and scalp conditioning, shampooing, and toning and rinsing.

Hair Styling/Hair Dressing 475 hours of instruction in hair styling, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands on experience, shall be provided in the following subject areas:

  • Cutting
  • Thinning
  • Shaping
  • Trimming
  • Application of electrical/mechanical equipment
  • Curling
  • Hair treatments
  • Marcelling

Shop Management, Sanitation and Interpersonal Relations 200 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas: labor law, workers’ compensation, client relations, bookkeeping, marketing and merchandising, emergency first aid, right-to-know laws, pertinent State and local laws and rules, business ethics, sanitation, electrical devices, personal grooming and hygiene.

  • Esthetics: 85 hours of instruction shall be provided
  • Nail Technology: 55 hours of instruction shall be provided
  • Electives: 35 hours shall be provided

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all units of study, complete the number of hours required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, pass the written and practical final with an 85% complete all required exit paperwork and exit interview, and pay all debts owed to the institution.

Additional Lab Hours

Additional lab hours are available to help students make up hours. Students must sign up to be eligible to stay. Additional lab hours are for practical practice only. No test taking or homework is allowed during these times. The hours available and guidelines are posted on the student salon floor.

Full-time Cosmetology

Additional lab hours may be started when a student has at least 150 clock hours and after shampooing class has been taken.

Cosmetology Instructor Certificate

The Cosmetology Instructor Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers as cosmetology instructors. Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 clock hours. Successful completion of this program enables students to sit for the State of Illinois Cosmetology Instructor licensing exam.

Cosmetology Instructor Schedule

  • Students attend Monday for theory class.
  • Each student is required to have 500 clock hours with 2 years of salon experience or 1000 clock hours without salon experience.
  • Student Instructors register each semester in accordance with the Lincoln College-Normal academic calendar.
  • Enrollment date August and January.
  • Required courses: COS 190 for students with salon experience, COS 190, 192 for students without salon experience.