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Cosmetology Level 1 Workforce Certificate

The 42 semester hour curriculum in cosmetology leads to a Level 1 Workforce Certificate and helps prepare graduates to take the state TDLR Cosmetology Examination.  Successful completion of the examination will allow graduates to practice as a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Texas.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate introductory skills, professional ethics, and safety and sanitation procedures as required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
  2. Provide safe and appropriate care to clients receiving hair, skin or nail services
  3. Use effective communication skills with client
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in business and ethical practices relating to the field of Cosmetology
  5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for successful completion of the state licensing examination

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Fees associated with the Cosmetology Certificate are as follows:

  • Kit costs, which include all supplies needed during course of program, approximately $1225.  (This fee includes:  trolley, set of professional shears, all professional electric tools, all hair supplies needed, i.e., combs/brushes, coloring bowls/brushes, capes, clips, pins, manicuring set, etc.) 

  • Textbooks, approximately $328 new

  • Uniform which consists of black scrub pants with any solid color scrub top. Must monogram NCTC Cosmetology logo and name on top.

  • Fees to take state licensure exams, $126

This certificate is offered only through face-to-face classes.  The program is designed to take three semesters, or 42 weeks, to complete.  Students may enter the program at the beginning of each semester (fall, spring and summer).   

*Student will enroll in four (4) courses in the fall and spring; and three (3) courses in the summer. Student must meet with an advisor in the Cosmetology Department to determine course selection each semester.

The program is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements


First Semester

CSME 1401ORIENTATION TO COSMETOLOGY

4 credit hours

CSME 1405FUNDAMENTALS OF COSMETOLOGY

4 credit hours

CSME 1410INTRODUCTION TO HAIRCUTTING AND RELATED THEORY

4 credit hours

CSME 1453CHEMICAL REFORMATION AND RELATEDTHEORY

4 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

CSME 2501THE PRINCIPLES OF HAIR COLORING ANDRELATED THEORY

5 credit hours

CSME 2410ADVANCED HAIRCUTTING AND RELATED THEORY

4 credit hours

CSME 1443MANICURING AND RELATED THEORY

4 credit hours

CSME 1447PRINCIPLES OF SKIN CARE/FACIALS AND RELATED THEORY

4 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

CSME 2237ADVANCED COSMETOLOGY TECHNIQUES

2 credit hours

CSME 2343SALON DEVELOPMENT

3 credit hours

CSME 2441PREPARATION FOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATIONS

4 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:9


Total Credit Hours:  42

Verification of Workplace Competencies: Eligibility to sit for TDLR Cosmetology Operator's License exam.