H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
P.O. Box 10048
Montgomery, Alabama 36108

Cosmetology
Cosmetology is the study or art of cosmetics and its use. However, in the last 35 years, the word cosmetology has come to be accepted as the study and art of improving a person’s appearance. This includes hair, nails, and make-up. Cosmetologists today must know not only how to improve their client’s appearance, but also about the chemicals being used that affect the skin, hair and health of the client.

The doors of opportunity are more open today in this career than at any time in history. A cosmetologist, as in any other profession of artistry, is limited only by imagination and education. Cosmetologists shampoo, cut, style, relax, permanent wave, and color hair. Additionally, cosmetologists are trained and educated to give manicures and pedicures, as well as scalp and facial treatments.

Work ethics are an integral part of the cosmetology program at Trenholm State Technical College. Courses such as Business of Cosmetology and Career and Personal Development are essential for the student to own and manage a business as well as work with the public. The goal of the Trenholm Tech Cosmetology program is to educate students with the knowledge needed to obtain an Alabama State Board of Cosmetology license and to maintain and build a great means of providing for themselves and their families.

The Alabama State Board of Cosmetology requires a written and practical examination to obtain a license to provide cosmetology services to the public in Alabama. To be eligible to apply for this license, the student must complete 1,200 credit unit hours or 1,500 actual clock hours at an accredited cosmetology school.

Occupational Choices
Licensed cosmetologists in the state of Alabama are qualified to work in hair salons, nail salons, skin care facilities, beauty spas, and full service salons both private and public. The Alabama Cosmetology license is approved for practice in many other states in the United States. [Source: Alabama Board of Cosmetology Statutes and Regulations]

Average Full-time Wage
The earning capacity of a cosmetologist is open-ended. One may hold varied skills or may specialize in one of two fields. The average full-time annual wage for a cosmetologist is $13,000 to $35,235.* However, there are many whose earnings can and do exceed this base of earnings many times over.

Additional Requirements
A student shall be at least 16 years of age and shall have an education equivalent to the completion of 10 grades in school. A student must also submit a health card showing results of Tuberculosis test or chest x-ray.

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