Cosmetology LogoProgram Description:

This exciting and creative program offers students two opportunities to engage in the art and science of cosmetology or hair design while earning high school credits and state hours towards licensure in their chosen course. The courses consist of both lecture and lab instruction in all aspects of cosmetology and hair design. Each course is a two-year program. Juniors who successfully complete the first year will be eligible to return to the second-year program. Students who successfully complete year two in hair design with 1400 clock hours or cosmetology with 1600 clock hours will be eligible for their State Board Examination.

Cascadia Tech Cosmetology staff are committed to the highest standards of excellence.  Their mission is to foster the desire of inquiry in the mind of each student in order for them to grow personally, technically, and professionally.

First Year:  The introduction to cosmetology /hair design is a course that encompasses the foundational concepts that will be used throughout the students’ entire career as a salon professional.  This foundation covers cosmetology theory and lab activities such as:  Client protection and safety, hair cutting, hair styling, chemical waving, chemical relaxing treatments, thermal services, and hair color. First year students concentrate on the hair design course only.

The first-year cosmetology student will attend school for a 2.5 hour session from either 7:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. or second session form 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Students will accrue approximately 400 clock hours during their first year that will be applied to the 1400/1600-hour state requirement for licensure.

Second year:  Students will work in the Cascadia Tech Salon Monday through Thursday.  Students will learn exciting new advanced material and techniques while practicing and building upon first year material. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of managing a salon, and marketing themselves in order to build a clientele. They will also learn the importance of retail sales and how to sell.  There will be opportunities for student competitions at a regional, state, and national level.  Student internships will be recommended in order to achieve the clock hour totals needed for licensure.

Second year is an extended day that allows the student to earn the hours that are need for licensure.  The hours are as follows:  11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

Attendance is vitally important in both first and second year programs in order for the student to earn enough hours to complete the program and students will need to attend the summer school session between first and second year for additional hours.

The course curriculum includes the following:

  • Career development
  • Professionalism
  • Salon studies
  • Safety, hygiene and bacteriology
  • Sterilization and sanitation
  • Decontamination and infection control
  • Shampooing (soap and dry)
  • Scalp massage
  • Hair reconstruction
  • Hair coloring and bleaching – practical and theory
  • Iron curling and waving
  • Hair fashioning, shaping, and cutting
  • Theory and science of cosmetology
  • Cold permanent waving – practical and theory
  • Finger waving
  • Laws of beauty culture

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits
  • High school credit equivalency (.5 Health and .5 Lab Science Elective at the discretion of the sending school district)
  • Preparation for passing state exam to receive license
  • Possible apprenticeship opportunities

Industry Certification:

  • WA State Hair Design License
  • WA Cosmetology License
  • Hair Color Certification
  • 21st Century Skills Certification



  • Students must have at least junior standing and be 16 years of age or older
  • Reading proficiency at 9th grade level
  • Excellent high school attendance record

Cosmetology II

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available
  • Second year students must provide own transportation after school on Monday through Thursday


  • Health, biology, and speech are all classes recommended to have taken prior to this class
  • Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or Algebra 1, highly recommended
  • Good physical coordination: no leg or back difficulties, good finger dexterity, and good eye-hand coordination


  • Valid Social Security number is required by the first day of attendance and for the Washington State Cosmetology Licensing Department
  • Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend an orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy


Possible enrollment in SkillsUSA, Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) and participation in leadership and technical skills competitions.

Career Opportunities:

  • WA State licensed Hair Designer
  • WA State licensed Cosmetologist
  • Professional product representative
  • Cosmetology instructor
  • Salon owner
  • Salon manager
  • Platform artist

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:

Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.


Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in internships. Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.