Printed on 10/25/2021

Cosmetology Apprentice

50-502-1 Apprenticeship (A)
9.5 Credits
Not Financial Aid Eligible
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Have you decided on a career as a barber or cosmetologist? Are you already employed in the field? If so, this apprenticeship can provide two years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction that will prepare you for Wisconsin's licensure exam. In addition to legal and safety issues, you'll learn about skin care, manicuring, coloring, perming, waving and hair styling. You'll also study and practice hair cutting and styling techniques along with the proper use of equipment.

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Career Opportunities

  • Licensed Cosmetologist


Estimated Program Cost

Cosmetology Apprentice

This program will cost about *
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about *.

Textbooks will cost about *.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Cosmetology Apprentice

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Program Outcomes
    • Summarize safety and sanitation procedures.
    • Summarize the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for cosmetology.
    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success.
    • Compare haircutting services.
    • Compare shampoo services.
    • Compare skin care services.
    • Compare texture services.
    • Compare hair color services.
    • Compare hairstyling and finishing techniques.
    • Compare nail services.
    • Develop strategies to market products and services.
  • Additional Information
    Individuals who are interested in the Cosmetology Apprentice program must be employed in the trade.

    Once employment is secured or to find an employer who is approved to train apprentices, contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to create the apprentice contract and contact Kerri Nevala at []( to connect with FVTC.
    - The [state contact]( depends on which county the salon or barbershop is located.
    - Full apprentice process details are available at the [Department of Safety and Professional Services](

    If the employer decides to move forward with the apprentice agreement, the employer will submit an [apprentice application]( to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The DWD will determine if you meet the Bureau of Apprentice Standards and if a credential notice can be issued.

    You and your employer will submit the credential notice, the apprentice application and the required fee to the Department of Safety and Professional Services, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935. If you have any past convictions, you may be required to submit Form #2253, the required fee and accompanying documents.

    The Department of Safety and Professional Services will issue the apprentice permit after the application is approved. You may begin to work after your permit is issued. Your permit will be valid for three years.

    Once your contract is in place, the FVTC apprentice office and cosmetology apprentice representative will communicate with you on course registration, textbooks, etc. Connect with Jennifer Dausey at []( on course registration.

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