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  Sep 24, 2023
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Cosmetology (5743) (C.C.)

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Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)

This is a Limited Access program.


The mission of the Cosmetology Career Certificate program is to provide excellent and meaningful education to all cosmetology students. 

The Program

The Cosmetology Career Certificate program has cosmetology instructors who believe in a team approach that is flexible and understanding of the individual needs which enables each student to reach their full potential and the achievement of success. A theoretical and practical hands-on approach is given to all aspects of cosmetology including, but not limited to, hair design, chemical relaxing, permanent waving, hair coloring, skin care and nail care. This will not only prepare the cosmetology student for the state licensure examination but will also prepare them for successful entry into the workforce

Cosmetology students provide client services as part of the program curriculum. All services are completed by the students under the supervision of an instructor who is also a licensed cosmetologist. 

Cosmetology is a limited access program that requires 1,200 contact hours and can be completed in 12 months, approximately three terms. Students have the option of attending the day or evening program. Attendance for this program is state mandated; therefore, before you begin the application process, please ensure that you will be able to attend 100% of the course.

  • Day classes (Phase I and Phase II) meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer Terms. No classes held on Saturday.
  • Phase III meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer Terms. No classes held on Saturday.
  • Evening classes (Phase I and Phase II) meet Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Phase III meets Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. No classes held on Saturday.

A minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in all professional coursework. 

The Career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. The demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years and is expected to continue over the next decade. Job openings will result from the need to replace workers who have retired or have chosen to leave the industry for various reasons. As a licensed cosmetologist, a host of opportunities are available such as makeup artist, hair stylist, salon owner/manager, color specialist, cosmetician, and manufacturer representative, just to name a few. 


After successfully completing the program, students are qualified to take the cosmetology examination given by the Florida State Board of Cosmetology at Licensing and certification for immediate employment in the field are obtained by passing this examination.

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, please ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in your desired state.

Application Procedure

Adult Basic Skills are a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. In order to earn the Career Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on an approved adult basic skills assessment or qualify for a waiver. Visit for program exit scores. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at For students who need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of Academic Skills Building (ASB) coursework in Mathematics and Reasoning through Language Arts.

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria. If you have trouble accessing documents and need to request an alternate format, please contact Cosmetology department at Packets can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at the North Campus at Building D-1st floor.

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Cosmetology program, students must:

  1. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
  2. Complete a Cosmetology program application.
  3. Submit one of the following:
    1. An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas); or
    2. An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service® at The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC® under license from the American Council on Education.

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Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a career certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn the required number of clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate’s program requirements as a student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  5. Meet or exceed the program’s exit score requirement(s), if applicable, or meet the criteria to earn a waiver.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2023/2024) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2023/2024 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.


Upon successful completion of the program, students may receive articulated college credit toward the Industrial Management Technology (2378) (A.S.)  degree. See the program description and official articulation agreement for credit award requirements. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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