Cosmetology | Waukesha County Technical College


39-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 31-502-1

Those working in cosmetology have a taste for style, helping clients enhance their experience and look their best. Combine theory with practice to study haircutting, styling, color, perm waving, chemical relaxing, and learn about nail and skin care. Learn business aspects of working in a salon, including professional and personal development, communication and Wisconsin law.

How Long It Will Take

This program is 1,550 hours and is offered in both part-time and full-time sequences. Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year. Part-time students can complete this program in two years.

Start Date

If full-time student, you can begin this program in the fall or spring semester. If part-time student, you can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Part-time, evening/weekend completion option is available.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • WCTC's Style & Class Salon and Spa is a full-service salon that is part of the Cosmetology program. Students learn in this hands-on environment by servicing guests.
  • Graduates of this program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam for Cosmetology since 2009.
  • Engage in Cosmetology Club to accelerate your learning and develop leadership skills.
  • Participate in hair shows, community service and industry-sponsored events to begin developing your professional network for employment.
  • Move through program classes in a cohort, allowing for strengthened learning and support.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by June 17, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by July 15, 2019

Spring 2020 Start

  • Submit application by December 9, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by January 13, 2020

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Program iPad and Cosmetology Kit are required for this program. These must be purchased through WCTC's Bookstore.

Career Salaries

$22,000 – $35,000 annually, plus potential comission and tip opportunities

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you enjoy experimenting with hair and nail techniques, have a creative eye and strong people skills, a career in cosmetology may be for you. Those in this field need to have good manual dexterity and stamina as they stand for long stretches of time, and they perform specialty services that require attention to detail.

  • Hair Stylist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Spa Services Provider
  • Makeup Artist
  • Cosmetology Retail Sales

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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

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

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates if you’re involved in, and interested in learning more about, cosmetology.

Program Instructors

Kevin Amborn | 262.691.5103
Kathy Schauer | 262.691.5310
Carey Miller, AAS | 262.695.3409