Cosmetology LogoProgram Description:

This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the art of hair design while earning hours towards the 1,400 hours required by Washington State for a hair design license. The course consists of both lecture and lab periods in all phases of theory and science of cosmetology.  Juniors who successfully complete the first year will be eligible to return to second year. Students who successfully complete year 2, option 2, plus summer school classes, will have the opportunity to meet the 1400 hours required for eligibility to take the WA state exam to become a Washington state hair designer.

Second year Cosmetology students will choose from one of two paths towards hourly completion. The two options that students will choose from are listed below.

Option 1)    Regular session 2 timeframe – Same hours as all other session 2 students, 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students who choose this path will be short the number of hours to complete licensure, but they may take their transcript to another school to finish. This schedule will allow students more flexibility to participate in athletics or other after school activities. School bus transportation will be available every day by the schools that provide transportation. Summer school will be available to these students to acquire additional hours.

Option 2)    Extended day – 11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Friday. Students choosing the extended day path and who attend summer school will have the opportunity to meet the 1400 hour requirement to be eligible to take the WA state hair design license exam. Students will need to have their own transportation after school on Monday through Thursday.

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
  • May qualify for math, history, health, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Preparation for passing state exam to receive license
  • Possible apprenticeship opportunities

Industry Certification:

  • Pravana Hair Color certification
  • WA State Hair Design License
  • 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 choosing option two, the extended day, 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 for state licensing exam
  • Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.


Possible enrollment in SkillsUSA

Career Opportunities:

  • WA State licensed hair designer
  • Professional product representative
  • Cosmetology instructor
  • Salon owner
  • Salon manager
  • Platform artist

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started 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.

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.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your 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 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at