Operator (Cosmetology) – Course Outline (1000 Hours)
CIP Code – 12.0401
- A. Hair Care (800 Hours): Cutting, styling, coloring, chemical textures, and related theory and application; business skills; professional development and salon management; health; safety; and laws.
- B. Nail Care (100 Hours): Manicuring and related theory and applications, business skills; professional development and salon management; health; safety; and laws.
- C. Skin Care (100 Hours): Facials, hair removal, and related theory and application; business skills; professional development and salon management; health; safety; and laws.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
Textbooks and Kit $1,300
Application Fee $100
Total Cost $16,700
Cost of attendance amounts are estimates only and are used in determining financial aid. The school does not charge students for cost of attendance items. For actual cost of attendance amounts, please schedule an appointment with a financial aid administrator.
Room & Board $403 (Dependent) $1044 (Independent)
Misc/Personal $299 (Dependent) $561 (Independent)
1. Be at least 17 years of age;
2. Have completed the 7th grade;
3. Possess a high school diploma or GED.
To be eligible for an operator, esthetician or manicurist license, an applicant must:
1. Submit a completed license application on a department-approved form;
2. Pay the applicable license fee under §83.80;
3. Be at least 17 years of age;
4. Have obtained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, or have passed a valid examination administered by a certified testing agency that measures the person’s ability to benefit;
5. Have completed the number of curriculum hours required under TDLR §83.21in a licensed beauty culture school:
a. 1000 hours of operator instruction; or
b. 1000 hours of operator instruction in a licensed beauty culture school and 500 hours of related high school courses prescribed by the department in a vocational cosmetology program in a public school; or
c. 750 hours of esthetician instruction; or
d. 600 hours of manicurist instruction; and
6. Pass a written and practical examination required under §83.21.
Types of Employment
Beauty Supply Distributor
Cruise Ship Stylist
Television/Theater Hair Stylist or Make-Up Artist
Hair Color Specialist
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Operator (Cosmetology) Course Schedules
Full-Time Day; Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, English
Full-Time Night; Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, English and Spanish
Part-Time Night; Monday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, English and Spanish