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​​​​​​​​A Cut Above: Cosmetology @ SCC

Looking for a career that will never go out of style? Whether you want to cut and color hair, offer skin care services, or provide makeup application, Santiago Canyon College's Cosmetology program offers the practical instruction you need for a career on the cutting edge!

The great news is that cosmetology career prospects are almost unlimited – and demand is only growing. In Orange County, job opportunities are expected to grow by 14.2% by 2020, according to the California Employment Development Department.

SCC's Cosmetology program not only offers two certifications in high-demand specialties but prepares students with the knowledge they need to pass the required California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensure exams.

The Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology includes 1,600 board-required hours of career-focused lecture and laboratory instruction on such topics as haircutting, coloring, chemical waving, straightening, facials, manicures, principles of sanitation, industry regulations, and the business of managing a beauty salon.

As an added bonus, because COAs include all of the major courses required for an Associate degree, students only need to finish their general education requirements to complete their Associate in Science in Cosmetology!

For individuals looking for faster entry into the field or who wish to become estheticians, the 600-hour Esthetician Certificate of Proficiency provides the practical knowledge necessary to pass the state board exam, so you can start working as soon as possible.

For those with the right level of commitment and creativity, a fast-paced and fashionable career in Cosmetology is waiting! 

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Yes! ​​​​​​​Santiago Canyon College’s tuition rates are affordable and competitive, providing one of Orange County’s best higher education values. Click Here to learn more about the cost of attending SCC.​

​​​​​Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!

  • Hairdresser; Cosmetologist $25,240
  • Skincare Specialist - $29,130
  • Makeup Artist - $65,660
  • Manicurist; Pedicurist - $23,720

​Santiago Canyon College’s Cosmetology program offers one degree and two certificates in this Future BUILT field.

  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Cosmetology
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Cosmetology
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) : Esthetician

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Average Salary In This Field

$25,240 -

Per Year

Potential Careers

Skincare Specialist
Makeup Artist

Department Contact

Division Office

Phone: (714) 628-4883

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