Program Objective

The mission of the Cosmetology program is to prepare a student for employment as a Licensed Cosmetologist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for the Florida Cosmetology Licensing Examination.

Program Content

Specialized classroom and practical experience is provided relating to a variety of beauty treatments. These include the care and beautification of the hair, complexion and hands. Training in giving shampoos, rinses and scalp treatments, hair styling, blow drying and thermal techniques, setting, cutting, tinting, bleaching, permanent waving, wig structure, hear weaving & extensions, chemical relaxing, facials, manicures/pedicures, hand/arm and leg/foot massaging are included. Bacteriology, anatomy, hygiene, sanitation, customer relations and salon management, including record keeping, are also emphasized.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Meet with a counselor
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1200 hours.

OCP A – Grooming and Salon Services Core,

Facials and Nails                                                        225 hours

Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 1                   300 hours

Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 2                   300 hours

Cosmetologist and Hairdresser 3                   375 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Reading, and 8th grade in Math, and Language on the TABE® test. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Stylist
  • Permanent Wave Technician
  • Beauty Supply Presenter
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist Specialist
  • Makeup artist
  • Cosmetologist’s Assistant
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Facial/Nail Full Specialist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Skin Care Technician
  • Salon owner


The average wage for this career in Florida is $14.63 hourly or $30,440 annually.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students

Personal Services