Cosmetology Operator, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

Helping other people look and feel their best is one of the most fulfilling career paths you can take. A career in cosmetology gives you this kind of satisfaction. There is no better way to enter the field than at San Jacinto College. Our programs give you the training you need to become licensed by the state as a hair designer, facial specialist, nail technician, hair weaving and braiding specialist, eye lash extension specialist, or cosmetology instructor. Look around the city and you will see that there is no shortage of businesses offering these services, and new ones open almost daily. You could work anywhere from neighborhood salons to high-end day spas, or follow your dream to open your own business.

The San Jacinto College Cosmetology program:

  • Is designed to prepare students with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge required for an entry-level position in the cosmetology operator profession;
  • Offers students the opportunity to complete the 1,000 hours of required training to be eligible to take the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Cosmetology Operator examination; and
  • Prepares students to be hairdressers, hair weavers, salon operators, facial specialists, manicurists, eye lash specialists, and more.

Career Opportunities

Students completing a San Jacinto College cosmetology program may pursue careers as:

  • Hairdressers,
  • Color specialists,
  • Manicurists,
  • Make-up artists, and
  • Facial specialists.

Earning Potential

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists: $29,062 per year1


Source:, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2021

For more information, students may contact North Campus, 281-998-6350, x7168, or South Campus, 281-998-6350, x3587.


North Campus
South Campus


The Cosmetology Operator Certificate of Technology is a course of study designed to meet the needs of those students who desire to enter the beauty industry in a minimum amount of time. The program will provide the student with the technical background and experience necessary to develop the skills and theoretical knowledge required to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations Examination for licensing and to gain entry-level employment in professional salons. Full-time students can earn the Certificate of Technology in one year. All key aspects of the cosmetology profession are addressed.


In accordance with Texas House Bill 1508, the College informs all students in this program who may have a criminal background that a criminal history could keep graduates from being licensed by the state of Texas. Students with any questions about their background and licensure may speak with the Department Chair.  

For more information about requirements, students may visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CSME 1405 Fundamentals of Cosmetology 4
CSME 1354 Artistry of Hair Design I 3
CSME 1410 Introduction to Haircutting and Related Theory 4
CSME 2401 Principles of Hair Coloring and Related Theory 4
Second Term
CSME 1244 Introduction to Salon Development 2
CSME 2350 Preparation for the State Licensing Written Examination 3
CSME 2351 Preparation for the State Licensing Practical Examination 3
CSME 2439 Advanced Hair Design 4
CSME 2337 Advanced Cosmetology Techniques 3
 Total Credits30

Verification of Workplace Competencies: Eligible for the credentialing exam – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Cosmetology Operator Examination