Cosmetology I & II

    Course #8545/8746

    (Verified Credit with State Licensing Exam)



    Instructor- Ms Hiner

    Valley Career & Technical Center




    Course Description:

    The Cosmetology program, regulated by the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology and the Department of Education, is a competency-based program.  The students enrolled in the VCTC cosmetology program are eligible to sit for the State Board Licensing Examination if certain conditions are met. One of these requirements mandated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) is the students must complete a minimum of 840 hours of instruction and lab-based practice during a two-year sequence of courses. This examination has both a written component and a practical demonstration of basic cosmetology tasks.  In addition to laboratory and hands on instruction, students learn sanitation and hygiene, anatomy, physiology, and recognition of skin and scalp ailments. Students who fail to meet this attendance requirement cannot pass the course and will not receive high school credit, and will not be allowed to take the licensing exam until the requirement is met as an adult in an apprenticeship program or through licensed cosmetology school.

     First year students spend 50% of class time in theory and 50% in lab/hands-on activities.  Second year students continue to prepare for the state board exam and become a licensed Cosmetologist.

    The primary purpose of the Cosmetology Course is to train the student in the basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to achieve competency in job entry- level skills, obtain licensure, and gainful employment in the field of cosmetology or related career fields. 

    Degree of Academic Integration (Difficulty), (1 – 10): 10

    (Based on assessments, textbook, assignments, competencies, etc.)

    Textbook/Material Reading Level:  12th grade

    (See sample page(s) from materials used in program.)

    Recommended Skills (Fine and Gross motor):


    • Students should possess excellent manual dexterity, be able to recognize  

     differences in colors and shades, and have an understanding of fashion, art, and


    • Students must be able to stand for long periods of time, be able to tolerate  

     chemical solutions, use fingers and hands rapidly and accurately, and have 

     excellent hand-eye coordination.  Stamina is also important as cosmetologists are

     frequently on their feet for long periods of time.

    • Students should enjoy working with the public and be willing and able to follow


    Recommended Prior Coursework or experience with:   Prospective students should have passed the English and Math 8th grade SOLs, and have experience with;

    • Basic math operations
    • Decimals and fractions
    • Technical Vocabulary

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hairstylist/Barber
    • Nail Technician
    • Make-up Artist
    • Skin care Technician
    • Manufacturer’s Representative
    • Cosmetics Salesperson
    • Beauty Salon/Barber Shop manager
    • Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Owner
    • Educator                

    OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of the course requirements, the determined graduate will be able to:

    1. Project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence.
    2. Practice effective communications skills, visual poise, and proper grooming.
    3. Respect the need to deliver worthy service for value received in an employer-employee relationship.
    4. Perform the basic manipulative skills in the areas of hair care, skin care and nail care.
    5. Perform the basic analytical skills to determine appropriate hair care, skin care, and nail care services to achieve the best total look for each client.
    6. Apply academic and practical learning and related information to ensure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.

    To ensure continued career success, the graduate will continue to learn new and current information related to skills, trends, and methods for career development in cosmetology and related fields.

    REFERENCES:    A comprehensive resource center of references, periodicals, books, texts, audio/video tapes, and online resources are available to support the course of study and supplement student training. Students should avail themselves to the opportunity to use the extensive material.

    TEACHING METHODS: The competency education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps which address specific tasks necessary for state board preparation, graduation and job entry- level skills. Student salon equipment, implements, and products are comparable to those used in the industry. Each student will receive instruction that relates to the performance of useful, creative, and productive career-oriented activities. The course is presented through comprehensive lesson plans that reflect effective educational methods. Subjects are presented by means of interactive lecture, demonstration, and student participation. Audio-visual aids, guest speakers, field trips, projects, activities, and other related learning methods are incorporated throughout the course of study.

    Grading (Reporting) Philosophy / Policy:  Under a competency-based system of student assessment, traditional grades are replaced by reports of student progress in demonstrating proficiency in meeting Learning Goals for Duty Areas or units and Learning Targets (competencies). Because student progress will be measured cumulatively, formal grades will only be reported at the end of a semester. A variety of assessment strategies, such as projects, lab demonstrations, oral reports, essays, student portfolios, student/teacher conferences as well as traditional tests, quizzes and homework will be used to determine student progress.  Student behavior may be reported if necessary, but will not factor into the assessment of student performance.

    Students are assigned academic learning units and a minimum number of practical experiences required for course completion. Academic learning is evaluated after each unit of study. Practical skills learning is evaluated as completed and counted toward course completion only when rated as satisfactory or better. Practical skills are evaluated according to procedures as set forth in the Practical Cosmetology Skills Competency Evaluation Criteria.

    • 0 INSUFICIANT WORK SHOWN (have not been able to show any progress on standard)


    THEORY – CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION: Limited to Orientation, the history of Cosmetology, Career Opportunities, Life Skills Management, Communicating for Success, State Laws and Regulations, Professional Image, First Aid, Chemistry, electricity, and Professional Ethics

    INFECTION CONTROL: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES: Health, Public Sanitation, Methods, Chemical Agents, Types, Classifications, Bacterial Growth, Biology, Infections, Infection Control, Products, Tools, Equipment use and safety

    SCALP CARE, SHAMPOOING, AND CONDITIONING: Properties of the Hair and Scalp, Structure and Composition of the Hair, Hair Growth and Loss, Disorders of the Hair and Scalp, Hair and Scalp Analysis, Scalp Care and Massage, Brushing the Hair, Shampooing, Conditioning, Procedures and Practices

    HAIRSTYLING: Principles, Elements, and Philosophy of Hair Design, Creating Harmony, Designing for Men, Principles and Techniques of Wet Styling, Blowdrying and Waving, Hair Wr4apping, Finger Waving, Hair Dressing, Braiding, Hair Extensions, Enhancements, and Wigs, Thermal Hair Straightening, Styling Long Hair, Styling Procedures

    HAIRCUTTING: Client Consultation, Basic Principles and Techniques of Sectioning and Haircutting, Haircutting Tools, Body and Posture Positioning, Removing Length or Bulk with Razor, Scissors, Clippers, Shears, Basic Haircut Procedures

    HAIR COLORING – BLEACHING: Identifying Natural Hair Color and Tone, Types of Haircolor, Client Consultation, Principles and Techniques of Temporary, Semipermanent, Permanent Colors, Lightening, Tinting, Toning, Highlighting, Special Effects, Haircolor Safety Precautions, Color Procedures

    CHEMICAL HAIR TEXTURE SERVICES: The Hair Structure, Principles and Techniques of Sectioning, Wrapping, Processing, Curling, Relaxing and Curl Reforming, Procedures

    FACIALS AND MAKEUP: Skin Structure and Growth, Skin Disorders and Diseases, Skin Analysis and Consultation, Determining Skin Type, Skin Care Products, Client Consultation, Facial Massage, Facial Equipment, Electrotherapy and Light Therapy, Aromatherapy, Principles and Techniques of Skin Chemical Procedures, Histology of the Sin, Facial Treatments, Cosmetic Application, Artificial Eyelashes, Removal of Unwanted Hair, Lash/Brow Tinting, Makeup Color Theory, Procedures

    MANICURING, PEDICURING, NAIL EXTENSIONS: Nail Structure and growth, Nail Disorders and Diseased, Tools and Products, Principles and Techniques of Manicuring, Pedicuring and Advanced nail Techniques, Aromatherapy, Paraffin Wax Treatments, Nail Art, Procedures

    SALON BUSINESS, RETAIL SALES: Fundamentals of Business Management, Opening a Salon, Business Plan, Written Agreements, Licensing Requirements and Regulations, Laws, Salon Operations, Policies, Practices, Compensation Packages, Payroll Deductions, Telephone Use, Advertising, Sales, Communications, Public/human Relations, Insurance, Seeking Employment, Job Skills, and Salon Safety, Building Your Business

    INSTRUCTOR DISCRETION: To be applied by the Instructor to strengthen student performance; supervised field trips; or other related training.

    The above requirements must be met by each student in each category in order for the earned Competencies to be accepted by the applicable regulatory agency for examination. The generous portion of miscellaneous Competencies is to be applied as needed in curriculum-related areas or if the student desires to specialize in a specific area

    Upon Completion of Course Student will be eligible to: 

    • Receive Completer Certificate
    • Take State Board Exam

    Equipment and Supplies:

    • Textbook – Milady Standard Cosmetology 2013 Edition (on loan from VCTC)
    • Exam Review – Milady 2013 Edition (in kit)
    • Paper (student responsibility)
    • Pens and Pencils (students responsibility)
    • Highlighters (students responsibility)
    • Lab Kit (requires a lock and name tag students responsibility)

    Dress Code:

    • VCTC Logo Shirt – (purchased in kit)
    • Black Dress Pants
    • Apron- (purchased in kit)
    • Closed toed shoes (black)
    • Hair ties or headbands (keep hair out of eyes)

    Inappropriate Dress:

    Halter tops, shoulders showing, low cut tops, bare midriffs, tank tops, exceedingly tight clothing, bare feet (must wear shoes at all times), sun glasses, hats, hoodies, short shorts, net tops and see through shirts. Dress which is sexually suggestive or explicit or advertises drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or profanity is not appropriate.


    Assigned work outside of classroom setting must be turned in by the beginning of class on the date due.  VCTC follows Augusta County Public Schools policies regarding absences and missed assignments.

    Test Requirements:

    Students are required to have an 89 on their Vocabulary Test and their Essential Review (Homework Open Book Test) to be eligible to take their Chapter Test. When Vocabulary Test and/or Essential Review retakes are needed they have to have an 89 before Chapter Test day, if not they have 3 days to get an 89 on their Vocabulary Test and /or Essential Review and take the Chapter Test or it is no longer available. Students are required to schedule an appointment time for any retakes needed.

     Attendance Policy:

    VCTC follows the Augusta County School's attendance policy

    • DPOR requires cosmetology students must satisfy a minimum of 840 hours of instruction in a two year coherent sequence of courses to be eligible to take the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology licensing examination. Weather your absences are excused our unexcused you to not get hours for days you are not in class. 
    • A note from the parent/guardian should always be brought to me and to the VCTC office upon returning to school following an absence. Absences without notes are considered unexcused.

     Class Policies:

    Student Conduct

    Students are obligated to comply with school conduct policy and procedures. Misconduct is defined as behavior that negatively affects the school's educational mission. Disciplinary action is taken when

    misconduct occurs. Misconduct is defined as:

    •  Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom. cell phone and/or electronic

    Devices is to be turned off as soon as you enter the classroom. These devices are not allowed to be on the student at any time.  Violation of this policy is grounds for device to be confiscated.

    • Food or drinks are not allowed in the Lab Area. You are not allowed to bring in outside food or

    have food delivered to the classroom. Food will be allowed in classroom during breaks but can be stopped at any time

    the privilege is abused.

    • No book bags are allowed at your desk. The only items needed at your desk are textbook, pen

    or pencil, workbooks and paper.  All other items are not to be around your desk during class


    • Dress Code. The dress code for VCTC will follow the code in the Augusta County Schools Handbook.

    If you wear something inappropriate or too revealing you will be asked to cover yourself with a Lab Jacket. Lab requirements: VCTC Logo Shirt (in kit), Black Dress Pants, Apron (in kit),

    Black closed toed shoes, Hair ties or headbands

     (all students will be required to have hair back and out of face).

    • Treat everyone in the classroom/lab with respect by your actions and language. Inappropriate

                  behaviors are as follows: Disrespect, Dishonesty, Cursing, or Verbal abuse, Bulling or Assault of

                  any kind.  Respect others at all times.

    • Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information)
    • Intentional disruption of classroom during instructional time.
    • Physical or verbal abuse of any person on school premises or conduct that threatens or endangers the safety and health of any individual.
    • Being rude or disrespectful to staff or other students.