Program Overview

Cosmetology Continuing Education

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The Cosmetology course is designed to educate students in the theoretical and practical skills, the safety precautions and measures, and the proper infection control and disinfection procedures to obtain licensure in the state of North Carolina. The skills obtained will allow the student to obtain an entry-level position in cosmetology or in a related field, The student will learn skills such as hair and scalp treatments, haircutting, hairstyling, skin care, manicuring and pedicuring, and hair coloring.


Submit official transcripts and/or test scores at registration if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school less than ten years ago with a minimum 2.8 GPA , or
  • Took the ACT or SAT less than 10 years ago, or
  • Took the GED since 2014 and scored 170 or higher on all four GED test subjects, or
  • Took the HiSET and scored a 15 on all five HiSET subtests and a 4 on the essay.

Students who do not have recent high school transcripts or test scores should prepare to take the placement test. Students who have been out of school longer than 10 years, must score 75 percent on the Tier 1 reading portion of the RISE placement test. View test prep materials and testing schedules and locations. Students require a student ID number and a photo ID to take the test. 

If a student's first language is not US English, they are required to take the Accuplacer ESL Listening test.

This is a 5-part course. The $5,550 cost of the program is broken down into five payments. The first payment of  $1909.00 is due at registration. This price includes tuition, a kit, and books. The next three payments are $907.25 and the final payment is $919.25. This course qualifies for financial assistance.

Students must wear a uniform of navy blue scrubs, all black shoes, and wear a Durham Tech ID that identifies them as a student.

Also see the Natural Hair Care Specialist and Manicuring programs.Note: Students are required to register in person since they must submit official transcripts and/or test scores at the time of registration. Attend an information session (see the list below) or email Maria Steele to set up an appointment.

Starting in Fall 2019, the  Durham Tech Cosmetology Clinic opens to the public to provide hair, nail, and makeup services at reduced prices. The clinic is staffed by Durham Tech Cosmetology students, and students complete 100 percent of the work.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Contact Hours



Duke Street North Campus

Program Stats

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Median Salary


Estimated Completion Time

18 months

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