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The cosmetology program will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, including a stylist, colorist, nail technician, make-up artist, and esthetician.
Program at4847 W. Dempster Street Skokie, IL 60077

1500 hours are required for your cosmetology license.

Courses include:






Eyelash Extension 


Permanent Hair Straightening  

Program Length

Full-time = 24 + hours per week
Part-time = 15 – 24 hours per week

The cosmetology program is a 1,500 hour program that is available full time or part-time.

Program Description

The cosmetology program trains students in both theory and practice, which will prepare them for employment in the cosmetology profession. The student will be trained to perform a variety of beauty services within the scope of practice of a licensed cosmetologist. These services include hair dressing, hair cutting, scalp treatments, permanent waving, hair coloring, facial, make-up and facial scalp massage.

In addition, students will learn about shop management and salon operations. The course will also train students in methods of proper sanitation and safety of the client and the cosmetologist. Additionally, the program will train students in ethics and encourage independence, which are essential when working as a professional cosmetologist.  

Graduation Requirements

Completion of 1500 hours of coursework within 150% of stated timeframe of course (i.e. full-time being up to 18 months and part-time being up to 36 months)

Final theory and practical exams with a score of at least 85%. 

Tuition balance must be paid in full

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will receive a diploma and a transcript of hours completed.  

Flexible tuition options are available!

Tuition can be paid monthly.


The Cosmetology license is managed by State of Illinois | Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Candidate Study Guide for the Illinois Cosmetology Examination - English / Spanish

Cosmetology License Testing Instructions & Information 

Official RequirementsSource (1)

Official Requirements Source (2) 

State of Illinois Licensing Requirements
Section 1175.400  Licensure by Examination – Cosmetology

a)         Eligibility.  Each applicant must meet the following requirements (see Section 3-2 or 3-3 of the Act) prior to filing an application for the cosmetologist examination:  

1)         Be at least 16 years of age;  

2)         Be a high school graduate or its equivalent or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance;  

3)         Either:  

A)        Pursuant to Section 3-2 of the Act, graduate from a cosmetology school approved by the Division that meets the requirements set forth in Subpart E; or  

B)        Pursuant to Section 3-3 of the Act, graduate from a barber school approved by the Division that meets the requirements set forth in Subpart C.  

b)         Application.  Each applicant shall file an application for examination, on forms provided by the Division.  The application shall include:  

1)         An official transcript showing successful completion of the required training outlined in Section 3-2(c) or 3-3(c) of the Act and a passing grade on the final examination administered by the school as set forth in Section 1175.540;  

2)         The required fee set forth in Section 1175.100;  

3)         Official transcripts showing successful completion of remedial training when required by Section 3-6 of the Act or Section 1175.410 of this Part;  

4)         Proof of any name change (i.e., marriage license, divorce decree, affidavit or court order) if the applicant's name is other than that shown on any documents submitted;  

5)         If licensed as a cosmetologist in another state, a certification of licensure from the state of original licensure and from the state of current licensure or most recent practice; and  

6)         The examination fee required by the Department's testing service.   

c)         Examination.  Each applicant shall take and pass the cosmetology examination as required in Section 1175.410.  

d)         An applicant's training received from a cosmetology school or similar institution located in another state, other jurisdiction of the United States, or foreign jurisdiction must substantially comply with the requirements set forth in Subpart E.  An applicant seeking credit for training or licensure in a foreign country must provide educational training credentials and transcripts and/or evidence of licensure to determine if the applicant's program substantially complies with the requirements set forth in Subparts D and E.  The Board may, as a means of assisting it in the review of foreign country training or licensure, require an applicant to submit his/her educational training credentials and transcripts and/or evidence of licensure to an approved education credentialing evaluation service or similar service approved by the Board for evaluation at the cost to the applicant.  The Board may also require additional coursework or a 250-hour cosmetology refresher course from a school licensed by the Division as set forth in Section 1175.531.  The Board may also require an applicant to appear for an interview before the Board or to provide additional information to assist the Board in its evaluation of the applicant's training.  

(Source:  Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 15159, effective August 10, 2018) 

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