This certificate may lead to employment competency but does not lead to an Associate degree.

The Barbering Concepts Certificate prepares individuals to provide professional cosmetic services in barber shops, salons, resorts, casinos and other related industry establishments. This includes courses in hair design, hair sculpting, chemical, esthetic and other cosmetic services, safety and sanitation, management, customer service, and preparation for practicing as licensed barbers in the state of California. Courses in applicable professional labor laws and regulations in the barbering industry, physiology, anatomy, electricity and ergonomics are also covered in depth. Emphasis is placed on passing state licensing exam and industry entry skills.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Identify the organizations responsible for advancing the barbering profession and explain the function of state barber boards.
  • Deduce valid conclusions, compare viable techniques and apply principles in preparation of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology practical and written exam.
  • Identify and analyze concepts leading to synthesis of theory for the state board written exam. Produce a business plan and portfolio.
  • Demonstrate entry level skills in a clinic laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrate workplace behaviors (soft skills) necessary for success in the cosmetology industry.
Required Courses (47.5-64.5 units) Units
COS-1A Introduction to Cosmetology Level I 3
COS-1B Introduction to Cosmetology Level II 3
COS-1C Cosmetology Business Concepts 1
COS-10A Level I Hairstyling Concepts 3
COS-10B Level II Hairstyling Concepts 3
COS-10C Level III Hairstyling Concepts 2
COS-20A Level I Chemical Texture Concepts 3
COS-20B Level II Chemical Texture Concepts 3
COS-30A Level I Haircutting Concepts 2
COS-30B Level II Haircutting Concepts 2
COS-30C Level III Haircutting Concepts 1.5
COS-30D Level IV Haircutting Barbering Concepts 7
COS-40A Level I Haircoloring and Bleaching Concepts 3
COS-40B Level II Haircoloring and Bleaching Concepts 3
COS-90A Level I Clinic Floor Concepts 1-8
COS-90B Level II Clinic Floor Concepts 2-8
COS-90C Level III Clinic Floor Concepts 4-8
COS-96A Barbering Theory Exam Readiness 0.5
COS-96B Barbering Practical Exam Readiness 0.5