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Cosmetology Operator Certificate Level I

Hair dresser holding a hair dryer with aclient



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. Licensure – Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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Admissions Criteria

In addition to the system admission requirements, the following are requirements for admission to the cosmetology program:

  1. High school diploma or GED.
  2. Completed ENGL 0304 and ENGL 0306 or (ESOL) equivalent, or higher level ENGL course or placement by testing.
  3. Minimum age of 17 years.
  4. Mandatory attendance at a scheduled orientation session or departmental approval.
  5. Program admission for students with previous college experience requires that the student be in disciplinary good standing at all former institutions. No student will be admitted who is under disciplinary suspension status from another college or institution. Any such status requires positive resolution from the other institution before a student will be considered for cosmetology admission.

After program admission approval, the student must have the registration form approved by the cosmetology academic counselor. Applicants who have completed hours in cosmetology in other educational programs may apply for placement by examination for CSME 1254, 1310, 1501, and 1505. Official verification of the hours completed is required.

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.



Please contact Judith Watson at Judith.Watson@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1545 for more information.

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Please contact Kenya R. Hicks at Kenya.R.Hicks@LoneStar.edu or call 281.765.7957 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Cosmetology AAS Degree.

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
CSME 1254 Artistry of Hair Design I 2
CSME 1310 Introduction to Haircutting & Related Theory 3
CSME 1501 Orientation to Cosmetology 5
CSME 1505 Fundamentals of Cosmetology 5
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
CSME 1553 Chemical Reformation & Related Theory 5
CSME 2310 Advanced Haircutting & Related Theory 3
CSME 2337 Advanced Cosmetology Techniques 3
CSME 2501 The Principles of Hair Coloring & Related Theory 5
Third Semester Courses 10 Credits
CSME 2539 Advanced Hair Design 5
CSME 2541 Preparation for State Licensing Examination 5
Cosmetology Operator Certificate Program Total 41 Credits


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

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Career Options

Median wage: $22,9521

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Hairstylist2
  • Nail Technician2
  • Manager Sylist2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


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Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

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