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NSCC’s Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program is designed to provide the student with the basics of art, science, and the knowledge and skills needed in the field of cosmetology as well as the general education and fundamentals in management which may be needed in salon operation. The nine-month program follows the guidelines outlined by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering. Upon successful completion of 1000 hours of theory and practice required, students are ready to take the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology exam. Upon passing the exam students are licensed cosmetologists and ready to begin their career.



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NSCC’s Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program offers evening courses during the fall at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School.

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Admission to the Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program occurs in the fall only. Admission is limited to keep classes small and student-focused. Prospective students should submit a Selective Admissions application and attend a Mandatory Information Session as early as possible. Acceptance to the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once full capacity is reached, applicants may opt to be placed on a wait list. Wait listed applicants are accepted on a seat-available basis only.

Here are the required courses for NSCC’s Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program.

All applicants to the Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program must attend one of the Mandatory Information Sessions. Mandatory Information Sessions will be held via Zoom. Please sign up below. Zoom links will be sent 24 hours ahead of the session.

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Student Learner Outcomes for NSCC’s Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program are detailed in NSCC’s Academic Catalog.

The total tuition and General and Technology Fees for In-state Residents without financial aid is $4,900 per semester/ $9,800 per academic year for the 1000-hours certificate program (fees vary by program).

Books and course materials, transportation, and health insurance expenses are not included in the tuition and fee costs.

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to increase fees without prior notice. The MA Board of Higher Education reserves the right to increase tuition without prior notice.

Frequently asked questions for the Cosmetology Clock-Hour Certificate program.

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