Personal Care & Related Health Services

CosmetologyCosmetology - Certificate

Everyone wants to look good, so there is always opportunity for creative types who enjoy the challenges of working with hair, skin, and nails. HGTC's Cosmetology Certificate program prepares graduates to pass the SC State Board of Cosmetology examination to become licensed Cosmetologists. Graduates will be able to perform, under safe and sanitary conditions, all phases of cosmetology-related skills, including hair shaping, styling, and coloring, chemical services, manicuring, and skin care. 

Students must complete a total of 1500 hours to be eligible to take the State Licensing examination. Applicants are considered to be qualified when they meet all college and program requirements. This program has been approved by the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensure and Regulations for Board of Cosmetology. 

For more information, contact:

Mary A. Cox (843) 349-5233 

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:

  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Spas

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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Specific Admission Requirements for Program

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Admitted to HGTC to include submission of application fee; official high school transcript/diploma, or copy of GED.
  • Minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests: SAT, ACT or ACCUPLACER.
  • Upon admission to program, students will be responsible for purchasing supply kit(s), textbooks and new uniforms. New uniforms are required the first day of class.
  • Program Orientation is required; specific information regarding program requirements and costs is provided at Orientation. The meeting dates will be posted on student's Wavenet account.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all COS-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Cosmetology (COS) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
COS 114 Hair Shaping 4
COS 116 Hair Styling I 4
COS 155 Sanitation Procedures 2
COS 206 Chemical Hair Waving 3
COS 210 Hair Coloring 3
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring    
COS 106 Facials and Makeup 3
COS 108 Nail Care 3
COS 112 Shampoos and Rinses 4
COS 130 Professional Image 2
COS 220 Clinical Practice I 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
COS 110 Scalp and Hair Care 3
COS 201 Salon Management 3
COS 222 Cosmetology Salon Management II 3