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Your dream can become a reality — turn your passion into a profession. Cosmetology is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, with the need for barbers, hair dressers, manicurists, pedicurists, and skin care specialists expected to increase by more than 15 % between 2010 and 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Cosmetologist of America, Inc., there are more than 200,000 full-service beauty salons in the United States, with more than half of those salons being located in the southern region of the U.S. Central Piedmont's Cosmetology program teaches you the skills you need to be a highly competent professional and a leader in the beauty industry.
What You Will Learn
The coursework develops knowledge and skills in hair cutting, hair color and design, safety and sanitation, bacteriology, product knowledge, salon management and salesmanship, wigs, hair removal, lash and brow tinting, manicures, and much more. Simulated salon settings and serving the general public provide experiential learning with supervision provided by a trained and licensed instructor. 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.
Highly skilled and personable professionals are in high demand and have many employment opportunities in beauty salons, department stores, barbershops, hospitals, hotels, spas and resorts.
If you are a community member interested in using our salon services, please visit our salon page .
Why Choose Central Piedmont
We have high standards of excellence for our cosmetology students. You will learn from experienced instructors using Pivot Point® curriculum, will gain valuable hands-on experience before you graduate, all while completing your degree in a fraction of the cost as compared to a private school. Successful students are able to channel their passion for the beauty industry into developing knowledge and skills needed to earn a degree and sit for the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensing Exam. Our state board pass rate is currently at 100%. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Cosmetic Arts and Sciences Association.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.