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Cosmetology - CERT

Cosmetology is a personal service occupation. The Cosmetology program is designed to meet the standards established by the New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Upon successful completion of 1600 clock hours as required by the State Board of Cosmetology, students are eligible to take the State Board examination for licensure as a cosmetologist. After successful completion of the State Board examination, graduates are qualified to practice as licensed cosmetologists in New Mexico. Additionally, graduates can apply for licensing by reciprocity in other states.

The cosmetology curriculum covers theory and lab in the following State Board requirements: sterilization, sanitization, bacteriology, shampoo, rinses, scalp treatments, chemical rearranging, perms and relaxers, hairstyling, hair coloring, bleaching, highlighting, hair cutting, facials, manicuring, pedicuring, salon management, and retail sales. After successful completion of fifteen percent of the program, the student will be able to practice skills for the public in the college’s salon lab.

Completion of this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vocational/Technical Studies.


In addition to the courses listed below for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiencies of ENG098 and MATH075.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2019-2021 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 62 Credit Hours

Program Requirements (62 credit hours)
CSMT109 Cosmetology Theory I 4
CSMT118 Shampoo, Rinses & Scalp Trtmnts 4
CSMT123 Steril,Sanitation & Bacteriology 4
CSMT126 Hair Cutting 5
CSMT139 Cosmetology Theory II 4
CSMT143 Facials 4
CSMT148 Manicuring and Pedicuring 4
CSMT152 Chemical Rearranging 5
CSMT209 Cosmetology Theory III 4
CSMT217 Hair Coloring and Bleaching 4
CSMT222 Hairstyling 5
CSMT229 Cosmetology Externship 4
CSMT239 Cosmetology Theory IV 4
CSMT243 Salon Business and Retail Sales 2
CSMT254 Personal and Community Health 2
CSMT260 Cosmetology Clinic Practice 3