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

The Manicuring Concepts Certificate prepares individuals to provide professional cosmetic services in nail shops, salons, resorts, casinos and other related industry establishments. This includes courses in nail care, nail design, structure of nail, diseases of nail, disorders of nail and other cosmetic services, safety and sanitation, management, customer service, and preparation for practicing as licensed manicurists in the state of California. Courses in applicable professional labor laws and regulations in the manicuring 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:

  • 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 (24-41 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-80A Level I Nail Care Concepts 2
COS-80B Level II Nail Care Concepts 3
COS-80C Level III Nail Care Concepts 4
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-99A Manicuring Theory Exam Readiness 0.5
COS-99B Manicuring Practical Exam Readiness 0.5