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The Cosmetology Instructor Certificate (C1_COP1) certificate offered at LSC-Kingwood and LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Cosmetology Department.

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Program Description

The program offers certificates for the facial specialist, instructor license and operator license. The certificate program is a full-time, 12-month program for operator certificate and full-time, 8-month program for facial specialist certificate and instructor certificate. All three certificate programs are approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, graduates are eligible to take their state exam. Upon passing their state exam, program graduates become licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

Graduates of the cosmetology certificate programs have many employment opportunities including becoming a hair dresser, skin care specialist, and make-up artist. Other areas may be to become a research assistant in the cosmetology industry, a sales representative for a beauty product, or beauty editor for newspapers and magazines. Salaries vary depending upon the place of employment and the graduate’s skills and number of work hours.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to the system admission requirements the following are requirements for admission to the cosmetology instructor certificate:

  1. High school diploma or GED.
  2. Current Texas operator’s license.
  3. Within the past five years, applicants must have a minimum of three years work experience as a licensed cosmetologist versed in all phases of cosmetology. Verification will be required.
  4. Completion of 12 semester hours in general education including ENGL 1301.
  5. Minimum age of 18 years.
  6. Must pass comprehensive cosmetology placement examination before taking any cosmetology instructor classes.

Progression Requirements

Once admitted to the cosmetology program, a student must attain a grade of “C” or better in each cosmetology course as well as satisfactory attendance record (refer to Cosmetology Student Handbook) in order to progress in the program.

Readmission Policy

A student who withdraws from the cosmetology program may be re-admitted only once with the recommendation of the department faculty.

Program Plan

Prerequisite Semester

Subject Number Title Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Elective1   Math Elective 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication  
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

TOTAL Prerequisite Credits:


First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
CSME 1434 Cosmetology Instructor I 4
CSME 1435 Orientation to the Instruction of Cosmetology 4
CSME 2414 Cosmetology Instructor II 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
CSME 2449 Cosmetology Instructor III 4
CSME 2444 Cosmetology Instructor IV 4
CSME 2445 Instruction Theory & Clinic Operation 4

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Cosmetology Instructor Certificate:


  1. Choose from the AAS Core

Note: Capstone experience is completed by taking a departmental exam.