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Program Overview

Cosmetology, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)

This is a 1,200-contact-hour program, which provides 40 occupational credit hours.
The certificate in Cosmetology is designed to provide the training to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College (Main campus, building 18)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score a minimum of 576 for reading, 577 for math, and 572 for language. Students can also demonstrate competence in reading, math, and language by passing the appropriate reading, language, and math courses. Students who meet the exemption criteria as set forth in State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 are not required to provide test scores.


Classes run Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.


  • $3,396 for in-state tuition and fees
  • $13,461 for out-of-state tuition and fees
  • $1,751 for books and supplies
  • $8,642 for off-campus room and board
  • $100 for required scrubs
  • $65 for licensure application fee
  • $15 for HIV certification fee


Completion Rate


average enrollment


State Licensure Rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Starting salaries vary, but if working full time, the first year’s salary can average $30,000.

Employment Opportunities

Cosmetology Program graduates are employed as
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists,
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists,
Manicurists and Pedicurists, and
Skincare Specialists.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Hair Graphics
  • Salon 386
  • JC Penney Salon
  • Hair Cuttery
  • Regis Salons
  • Hair & Nail Depot, Hair
  • Cuts Unlimited
  • Smart Styles
  • Great Clips
  • Whack-A-Do
  • Jazzy Cuts
  • Tangles Hair
  • Salon, the Beauty
  • Palor & Boutique
  • Merle Norman

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program a student must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Be either a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be a nonhigh school graduate who has been out of high school at least six months.
  • Complete the required data for the State Board of Cosmetology.
  • Meet with an advisor from the Cosmetology Dept. for advising.
  • Transfer students will be tested in each cosmetology area and evaluation credit will be awarded accordingly. Students must make a C or better to continue to the next course in the program.

Students, who are not exempt, must attempt the TABE test prior to starting the program.
Students, who are not exempt, must have a passing TABE test score prior to starting the second semester of the program.
TABE exemption status can be verified with the FGC registrar’s office.

Program Notes

New classes begin each January and August. This program is based on clock-hour attendance. A student must complete the minimum specified hours to receive his or her certificate. Seating is limited and students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Program Guide & Syllabi
  • COS 0510C – Scalp and Hair Care 30 clock hours, 1 occupational credit
  • COS 0301C – Hair Cutting and Shaping 150 clock hours, 5 occupational credits
  • COS 0400C – Hair Styling/ Designing Procedures 150 clock hours, 5 occupational credits
  • CSP 0010C – Manicuring and Pedicuring 90 clock hours, 3 occupational credits
  • COS 0011 – Orientation/Introduction to Cosmetology 60 clock hours, 2 occupational credits
  • CSP 0004C – Esthetics and Skin Care 90 clock hours, 3 occupational credits
  • COS 0644C – Chemical Hair Restructuring I 120 clock hours, 4 occupational credits
  • COS 0640C – Chemical Hair Restructuring II 120 clock hours, 4 occupational credits
  • COS 0700C – Hair Coloring/Bleaching I 120 clock hours, 4 occupational credits
  • COS 0760C – Hair Coloring/Bleaching II 120 clock hours, 4 occupational credits
  • COS 0870C – Salon Management 60 clock hours, 2 occupational credits
  • COS 0963 – Preparation for State Board 90 clock hours, 3 occupational credits
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will perform hair care services for all types of hair, including hair analysis, haircutting, hairstyling, hair coloring and lightening, permanent waving, and chemical relaxing.
  • Students will perform natural nail services including manicuring and pedicuring.
  • Students will perform basic skincare services, including skin analysis, facials, makeup application, and superfluous hair removal.
  • Students will demonstrate customer service skills, self-growth, and personal development.
Book List & Materials
  1. Milady Standard Cosmetology: Milady, 14th Edition
  2. Milady CIMA Access
  3. Tablet, iPad, or Laptop computer
  4. Access to Microsoft 360 (free for students)
  5. Black Scrubs Only
  6. Cosmetology kit, mannequins, shear kit, and clipper kit
  7. Pen, pencil, and notebook paper