Estimated Program Cost
Apprentice at a local salon of your choice and get real-world experience from your sponsor. You will earn income during all phases of the training period, including the time you spend in the classroom. The costs for the materials you need to complete your apprenticeship are 100% covered too.
To get started, find a salon willing to apprentice you. You and the salon manager will work with the Department of Workforce Development to create an apprenticeship contract. Once Madison College receives this contract, you will be invited to our apprenticeship orientation.
An apprenticeship requires 4,000 hours of paid training. 288 hours of that training are spent in the classroom.
In the Salon
You will train a minimum of 32 hours per week under a licensed professional while learning these skills:
- Haircutting for all hair types
- Professional hair color
- Hair design and styling
- Nail technology
- Manicures and pedicures
- Scalp and facial treatments
- Cosmetic makeup analysis
- Clean/style wigs and hairpieces
- Infection control
- Client relations
- Retail methodology
- Permanent waving
- Shampooing and deep conditioning
You will attend class four-and-a-half hours per week over four semesters.
100% attendance is mandatory for the successful completion of the apprenticeship program.
Cosmetology apprenticeship classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.
After completing the program, you will be ready to apply for your cosmetology practitioner’s license from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
For more information on classroom instruction please contact:
Careers in Cosmetology
Employers throughout Madison consider Madison College's Cosmetology graduates top candidates.
Graduates from this one-year technical diploma program are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of cosmetology, including:
Paid TrainingGet paid while you train in the salon and classroom.
- Hair/Makeup Stylist
- Platform Artist
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth Semester
For a cosmetology apprenticeship to begin, you must find a sponsoring employer on your own (similar to looking for a job). Once you have found a position, the employer begins the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) representative for their county.
The BAS representative meets the employer and the apprentice at the salon to complete their contract and new student creation form. The practical aspect of the apprenticeship may now begin. Apprentices may start their practical any time year round.
The BAS representative sends these forms to the School of Business and Applied Arts where they are admitted as a student. The School office will contact the apprentice regarding a mandatory orientation meeting held annually in August. During this orientation, apprentices will learn how to set up their student accounts and register for classes. School theory classes begin in the fall semester, and include four semesters of Cosmetology Related Theory.
After completing the Cosmetology Apprentice program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Apply safety and sanitation procedures.
- Adhere to the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for cosmetology.
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success.
- Perform haircutting services.
- Perform shampoo services.
- Perform skin care services.
- Perform texture services.
- Perform hair color services.
- Demonstrate hairstyling and finishing techniques.
- Perform nail services.
- Develop strategies to market products and services.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 7 10 2 Number of Surveys Sent Number of Surveys Returned Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 0 0 0 Percent Available for Employment Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 0 0 0 Percent of Graduates Employed Employed in Related Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Related Occupation Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 0 0 0 Number of Satisfaction Responses 0 0 0 Very Satisfied (4) 0 0 0 Percent Very Satisfied Satisfied (3) 0 0 0 Percent Satisfied Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 0 0 0 Preparation for Getting a Job 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job Career Change 0 0 0 Percent Career Change Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest Other 0 0 0 Percent Other When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 0 0 Before Enrollment 0 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment While Attending the College 0 0 0 Percent While Attending the College After Training at the College 0 0 0 Percent After Training at the College Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 0 0 0 In College District 0 0 0 Percent In College District In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count Average Monthly Wage Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week