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Apprenticeship Cosmetology

Program Information

The Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program is a training program that allows a trainee, called an apprentice, to earn a wage while studying to become a cosmetologist under the guidance and supervision of a California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensee in a salon licensed by the Board. A contract, called an indenture agreement, is drawn up between the salon owner and the student apprentice.

This is a full-time two-year program.  The apprentice must be indentured and employed full-time (at least 32 hours a week); and must attend at least 220 hours of college credit, related and supplemental classroom instruction.  At the completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice must apply for a professional license, pay the appropriate fee, and pass the licensure examination.  Completion of the program meets the requirements for a Certificate of Achievement from Santiago Canyon College.

Application Information

In order to indenture into the apprenticeship program (become an apprentice) a person must:
  1. Be at least sixteen (16) years of age and have completed the 10th grade or its equivalency.
  2. Have (1) a training program sponsor, (2) a trainer licensed by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology who is willing to teach you, and (3) an establishment licensed by the Board that is willing to allow you to work.
  3. Complete 39 hours of Pre-Apprentice training from an approved provider.
  4. Complete and submit an Application of Licensure as a Licensed Apprentice and for Approval of Trainers and Establishments and pay the appropriate fee.  Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, with the approval of UFCW Union, Local #324 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.

Contact Information

Orange County Joint Apprenticeship Training
Committee (Orange County JATC)
John Sanders
1905 E. 17th Street, #316
Santa Ana, CA   92705
714-571-5747
Email: joncos@pacbell.net
Santiago Canyon College-Apprenticeship
8045 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92869-4512
(714) 628-4883  FAX (714) 538-2102
Email: apprenticeship@sccollege.edu