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Please Note:

The Cosmetology program is not currently accepting students, but information about future start dates will be shared here when available. If you would like to be emailed when updates are posted, email:

Cosmetology - Certificate Program

The EFSC Cosmetology program is 1,200 hours of specialized training focused on the theoretical and practical principals of cosmetology as required by the Florida State Board.

It includes, but is not limited to, sanitation, hair sculpting and arranging, chemical application, client communication, knowledge of multi textured hair and types, hair coloring and lightening, facials, nails, make-up, and salon business and marketing.

Cosmetologists work in hair and nail salons, spas and medi spas, medical and educational facilities, media production (such as photography, movie, or magazine settings, and more. There are also career opportunities via other facets of the industry, such as customer care, merchandising, management, scientific/ research, marketing, and editorial fields.

Cosmetology Clock Hour Certificate - COURSE CURRICULUM

There are five classes within this certificate, each one comprised of 240 clock-hours of instruction, offered in-person on EFSC's Cocoa campus. Each course builds on the skills and knowledge learned in the course before.

Cosmetology - Certificate Program

Program Overview

Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate (CTC)
Delivery Method
Total Clock Hours
Academic Community
Contact Information

Delisa Layne, Advisor
Email Program Advisor



Students gain real-world experience working both with mannequins, and real people in the EFSC Cocoa Campus Cosmetology Salon. The Salon provides students with the opportunity to practice hair styling, scalp treatments, chemical-based coloring/ highlighting, hair cutting and sculpting, nail services, and waxing as they build their customer service skills.

Cosmetology Clock Hour Certificate - Admissions Information

The Cosmetology certificate at Eastern Florida is a limited access program. Prospective students must complete a specialized, easy-to-follow application and selection process in addition to the general EFSC admission application.

January 29, 2024 was the start date for the program and the deadline to apply was January 12, 2024. Information about the next entry point and deadline will be shared here when available. The program's advisor can help answer questions about the application process and can add you to an email information list to receive updates.

Request Information Package and Work with an Advisor

Because this is a limited access program with a special application process, it's important for prospective students to receive answers to any questions from the program advisor.

Request the Cosmetology Information Package

That link will open an email that you should send to receive information back via email.

Delisa Layne, Advisor
Email Program Advisor


Apply for General Admission to EFSC

Complete & submit the online application for general admission to EFSC. A $30 non-refundable fee is due at the time of application.

NOTE: This step pertains ONLY to students who are not currently enrolled at EFSC. If you're a returning/readmit student who applied one or more years ago, and have not completed a course in the past year, you'll need to re-apply online, and will not be charged the application fee again.

Verify General Admissions Requirements & Check for Registration Holds

New and existing students will need to verify there are no holds that would prevent course registration, if accepted into the program. Please visit the Registration Holds page to learn how to check for holds in your student portal Message Center and how to clear them.

Complete the Application for Cosmetology Program

Submit the Career and Technical Programs Application for Cosmetology. This limited access application is in addition to the general application, and MUST be properly submitted by the application deadline.

If pursuing an additional Cosmetology program, such as the Facial Speciality certificate, you will be required to submit a separate application packet for each program. If you need help with the application process, or are having trouble applying online, contact the program advisor:

Delisa Layne, Advisor
Email Program Advisor


Submit Three Required Documents

Upload the three required documents listed below to the Student Document Dropbox in the myEFSC Portal. IMPORTANT: choose “Limited Access Workforce Program Documents” in the Dropbox dropdown menu.

1) A Professional Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, current or former employer or work colleague, etc. describing specifically, “Why you would be a good candidate for the Cosmetology program.”

2) A Personal Letter of Recommendation describing specifically, “Why you would be a good candidate for the Cosmetology program.” This letter can be written by a friend or family member.

3) A minimum 500-word essay that answers all of the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing a career in Cosmetology?
  2. How would you prepare for the physical demands of both standing and working with your hands for extended periods of time?
  3. What do you think is the most important quality for a successful Cosmetologist to possess?
  4. How do you handle constructive criticism or feedback on your creative work?
  5. How would you handle a challenging or demanding client in a salon setting?
  6. What steps have you taken to ensure that you are well-prepared for the demands of Cosmetology school and the industry?
  7. What specific aspect of cosmetology appeals to you the most?
  8. Have you had prior experience or training in Cosmetology or related fields?
Take the TABE Test

Schedule the TABE at an EFSC Assessment Center using the RegisterBlast appointment system.

You may qualify for a TABE exemption. See the TABE Exemptions page for information.

The TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education - 11/12 Level A) is a required exam that students must pass in order to graduate from the Cosmetology program. It is not an entrance exam. Learn more about the TABE, including score requirements, exemptions options, and how to take the test at an EFSC Testing Center on the TABE testing page.

Brief Program Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

The estimated cost of completing this program — including in-state tuition, lab fees, course materials, student facility and access fees — is approximately $6,700. This does not include uniforms or necessary vaccinations.

You may qualify for financial aid and/ or scholarships, which can both help reduce out-of-pocket costs.

Why Study Cosmetology at EFSC?

Hands-On Learning at the EFSC Cosmetology & Facials Salon

The EFSC Cosmetology & Facials Salon, located on Eastern Florida's Cocoa Campus, is open to the public, and gives Cosmetology students the chance to work with clients in a real-life setting. All services are performed by EFSC Cosmetology and Facial Program students. Through these interactive classes, students gain knowledge and experience in: Hair design and creative hair styling; Safe application of cosmetics/ chemicals to the skin, hair, and scalp; Proper procedure and chemical applications for manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, and nail wraps; Incorporating safe, sanitary, and efficient work habits; Basic entrepreneurship skills and useful employability recommendations.

earn licensure to launch your career

Courses in fundamental skills, theory, techniques, sales, public relations and salon management prepare students to take the State Board Licensure Examination. EFSC cosmetology students have a pass rate of approximately 95%.

Student setting hair in EFSC cosmetology salon

Irie Sutton: Living Her Creativity

I always had a niche for hair. Once I got to the end of high school, I thought to myself, 'What could I do to ensure myself a career?' I decided to do cosmetology. We express ourselves with our hair — big, curly hair… colorful hair… It’s what I’ve grown up around and that’s how I express myself... including my makeup.Read Irie's Story

Other Programs to Explore

If the Cosmetology CTC program is something you're interested in, Eastern Florida offers a variety of other career training programs, including the Facials Specialty program to build on your skills.