Cosmetology Instructor Apprentice

The primary purpose of the Cosmetology Instructor Apprentice course, is to train the Licensed Master Cosmetologist in the art of instruction, to transition into teaching the basic skills, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to pass the Kentucky States Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists state exam.

Upon completion and subsequent passing of state boards, students may be able to work as an instructor in a Cosmetology school.

Program Objectives
  1. To ensure a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence.
  2. To teach proper effective communications skills and visual poise.
  3. Understanding the employer-employee relationships and the instructor-student relationships and respect needed to deliver worthy valued service.
  4. Learn how to perform the basic skills necessary for teaching, including writing lesson plans, performing lectures and demonstrations, directing student projects, using library resources as well as, audiovisual aids, and web based activities.
  5. Student will learn from measuring student achievement, supervising front desk and clinic floor operations, and maintaining required student records.
  6. Applying the theory, technical information, and related matter to assure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.
Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for postsecondary vocational education teachers, including cosmetology instructors, should be average, with expected growth of 13% from 2014-2024. Jobs for cosmetologists, along with hairdressers and hairstylists, should grow by 10% in that same decade, per the BLS.


The average salary for a Cosmetology Instructor is $17.74 per hour in the United States. Salary estimates are based on 463 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Cosmetology Instructor employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. The typical tenure for a Cosmetology Instructor is 1-3 years.

Possible Career Paths

  • Cosmetology School Instructor
  • Esthetics, Nail, Barber or Makeup Instructor
  • Advanced Beauty Course Instructor
  • Beauty School Manager
  • Beauty School Owner
  • Salon or Spa Manager

In partnership with Bluegrass Career Services students receive career readiness training as part of their course work in every program with the college. Services include:

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