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About Our Program:

This program is designed to teach students the latest trends and techniques in the cosmetology industry. Instruction is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for employment while obtaining a Cosmetology License from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This content includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Communication, entrepreneurship, and employability skills
  • Human relations and customer service
  • Safe and efficient work practices
  • Florida cosmetology law and rules
  • Science, theory, and practical-art applications of hair shaping and design
  • Chemical services which include permanent waving, coloring, and hair relaxing
  • Instruction in the latest facial and nail-care design and techniques

Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with chemicals, implements, and equipment appropriate to the program’s content and in accordance with safety and sanitation practices in the trade.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest

Program Structure:

This program consists of 1200 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of one (1) Occupational Completion Point (OCP):

OCP AGrooming and Salon Services Core, Facial and Nails
Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 1
Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 2
Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 3
225 Hours
300 Hours
300 Hours
375 Hours
Total Hours: 1200

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • Minimum basic-skills TABE® test: Math 8, Reading 9, Language 9; or
  • Florida State Board of Cosmetology Examination (Social Security or Tax Identification Number required)

Employment Opportunities:

  • Hairdresser
  • Nail Technician
  • Esthetician
  • Makeup Artist
  • Colorist
  • Retail Specialist
  • Salon or Spa Owner
  • Salon or Spa Specialist


The average wage for this career in Florida is $14.63 hourly or $30,440 annually.

Employment Outlook:

Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 19% from 2020 to 2030.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Visit the financial aid office for more information.

Program Hours:

South Dade Technical College
28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033
(305) 247-7839
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


This program is designed to be completed in:48 weeks
Program cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed. In-state: $3,512.00
1200 hours x $2.56= $3,072.00

Out-of-state: $12,740.00
1200 hours x $10.25= $12,300.00
Fees $35.00 x 4 terms= $140.00
Books and supplies= $300.00
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Florida
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