Technical Diploma

Watch a video about our Barber/Cosmetology program.

Those working in the cosmetology field have a penchant for style, offering hair care services to customers, helping them enhance their appearance and look their best. In the Barber/Cosmetology program, learn all aspects of hair, skin and nails, and works with current fashion trend to create a total look for men, women and children.

Combine theory with practice to study the art of haircutting, styling, perm waving and chemical relaxing, and learn about nail and skin care. Gain experience in WCTC’s Style & Class Salon by working on mannequins, fellow students and salon guests. Learn business aspects of working in a salon including professional and personal development, business practices, communication and Wisconsin law.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Wisconsin practitioner’s licensing exam.

  • Prepare for jobs such as barber, hairdresser, hair stylist or cosmetologist.
  • The program is 1,800 hours over three semesters: two 16-week semesters and one nine-week semester.
  • Students will need flexibility to commit to a 40-hour school week.
  • Participation in in the Barber Cosmetology Club enhances understanding of the industry through educational experiences and service learning opportunities.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $15,000-$19,000
    • Average Salary: $16,171
    • Median Salary: $15,000
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $16,171
    • Average Hourly Wage: $7.70
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $18,323

Required Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Kevin Amborn

Kevin Amborn

Phone: 262.691.5310


  • La Crosse School of Cosmetology, Milwaukee Area Technical College


  • State Licensed Instructor

Teaching Philosophy

"I strive to provide each individual with the foundation necessary to begin a career full of lifelong learning."

Program instructor, Kathy Schauer

Kathy Schauer

Phone: 262.691.5310


  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Barber/Cosmetology Manager/Instructor License


  • Wisconsin Technical College System 5-year certification

Teaching Philosophy

"Successful teaching is meeting the learning styles of each individual student while self-motivating them through their own successes."