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Cosmetology Apprentice Careers

Cosmetology is a vibrant career with many employment and career opportunities. Salons, spas, barber shops, and beauty supply companies are in need of professional stylists.

A career in cosmetology combines professional techniques with creativity to provide a challenging career with many rewards. The cosmetology apprenticeship program provides the theory training to allow the student to satisfy the Wisconsin state requirements to become a licensed professional.


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Barber / Cosmetologist apprentices train in a licensed salon under a licensed professional, learning the skills of cutting, styling, coloring, permanent waving or straightening hair. In addition, cosmetologists give manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments; provide make-up analysis; and clean and style wigs and hairpieces. Continually changing fashion trends affect hairstyles and techniques, requiring successful professionals to stay up to date in creating a total look for contemporary men, women, and children.

Details and Requirements

2-year training program
3,712 hours on-the-job training
288 hours paid related instruction
The theory training in the classroom focuses on the chemistry involved with each subject, along with proper sanitation and safety procedures. After completing the program, apprentices must pass the state test to be licensed as a practitioner

Apprenticeship Information

  • Entry requirements vary by employer. High school diploma or equivalent is recommended.
  • Applicants apply directly to a licensed, full service salon. The salon must be in business for at least one year.
  • Applications are available from the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards representative or the Department of Regulation and Licensing.
  • Applicants apply directly to a licensed, full service salon. The salon must be in business for at least one year.

Wisconsin Technical College Cosmetology Apprentice Programs