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What will I learn?

Cosmetology is a 1,600 hour course of study designed to meet the State of California Cosmetology Act. Butte College offers 1,680 hours of study in a seven-module sequence of courses, with each module six weeks in duration. By meeting required academic and attendance standards, each six-week module will result in 5 semester units of college credit.

Job opportunities for licensed cosmetologists include working for chain and independent beauty salons and spas (large and small), salons and spas on luxury ships, department store salons and cosmetic departments, beauty supply stores, retail and wholesale selling, manufacturer's representatives, research and development, salon managers, owners and educators.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Safely and accurately use all equipment and products relating to the industry. Demonstrate the most current methods and procedures using professional tools and equipment. Apply necessary health and safety rules. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills. Demonstrate an orderly performance of all tasks and skills, establishing methodical habits without sacrificing artistic skills.

Which department am I in?

Butte College

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 60 Units)

Tuition fees
USD $234 per unit (plus enrollment and service fees)
Start date

Expected August 2021


Butte College

3536 Butte Campus Drive,



95965, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Butte College admits all high school graduates or the equivalent, and any persons 18 years of age or over who are capable of benefiting from the instruction offered. High school non-graduates who are over 18 years of age shall be admitted provisionally. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Internet Based) score of 45; TOEFL (Paper Based) score of 450; IELTS score 5.0; PTE Academic score 39; IEKEN (Japan) Score of 2; GTEC CBT (Japan) score of 900; ELS score of 109; KAPLAN Language Centers Higher Intermediate Level.

For international students

Students must have foreign academic records that are under the age of 18 to verify the completion of secondary-level/high school education. Otherwise, they are not required. Other English Language requirements: TOEFL Paper Based: 450, Computer-based test or 45 on the internet based test or they can demonstrate their proficiency by taking IELTS with a minimum score of 5.0 or ELS with a minimum score of 109.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.