Resources and FAQs


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When can students apply for admissions into the Cosmetology program?
A. Applications for admission to the Cosmetology Program are on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are accepted until all spots are filled for each Fall and Spring semester.

Q. What prerequisites are required before applying to the program?
A.  Students must be eligible to register for ENG 111 and MAT 110 or higher upon completion of their placement tests.

Q. Where is the Cosmetology Program located?
A. The Cosmetology program is located on the CPCC City View Center located at 1609 Alleghany Street, Charlotte, NC 28208. A location has been completely renovated with the latest materials and equipment to create state-of-the-art classrooms and a salon capable of serving the general public. All classroom and experiential learning courses are offered at the City View Center campus. Additional general education courses are offered at various CPCC campuses and online.

Q. What kind of career opportunities are there in the Cosmetology field?
A.  Cosmetology careers are always in demand. Increasingly, there are numerous specialty fields in the Cosmetology Industry. Cosmetologists may work behind the chair in a salon or spa as a stylist offering various hair care services such as hair coloring, texture services, chemical hair relaxer/straightening, hair extensions, and hair cutting. Other opportunities and specializations may include: makeup application, hair braiding, platform work, and television, movie, and theatre cosmetic art services. These careers are offered in various industry-related businesses locally, nationally, and internationally.

Q. Are Cosmetology graduates required to sit for a state licensure exam?
A.  Yes. To ensure salon services are provided in a safe, sterile and professional environment, the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts requires all graduates of an approved program of study to qualify for the licensing examination. The licensing examination consists of two parts, the written theoretical exam and the technical practical skills assessment. A Cosmetologist License is required to practice within any beauty establishment in the state of North Carolina.

Q. What specific materials are required for training in the Cosmetology program?
A. Cosmetology students are required to purchase a set of uniform scrubs, a student kit and cosmetology textbooks before the start of their first semester. Students are required to be in the appropriate assigned uniform scrubs daily. The kit consists of tools needed for training and hands-on practices including hair cutting implements, electrical tools for hair styling, combs, brushes and other required items. The textbooks are required for each course. The textbooks and student kits are available for purchase at the CPCC bookstore. Complete program costs.

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
A. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Cosmetology requires a two-year (five-semester) commitment. It is a full-time program that requires dedication from the student. Cosmetology is a clock hour program which means that students accumulate hours daily throughout each semester in the program. Superior attendance and punctuality is expected and helps to ensure student success.

Q. What are the benefits of completing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cosmetology?
A. Managing and operating a salon are enhanced by critical thinking skills, business writing, public speaking, math aptitude, and computer applications. These skills will lead to additional knowledge, resources, and longevity in the cosmetology industry. The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Cosmetology will also offer a level of general education courses that will transfer to a university for any student seeking credentials toward a bachelor’s degree.

Q. Does the cosmetology program accept transfer students from another cosmetology school?
A. CPCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Cosmetology will accept transfer students from other North Carolina Community College Cosmetology Programs only. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis for admission.