Cosmetology Apprentice

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 505021


The Cosmetology Apprenticeship program at Madison College is designed to give you real-world, on-the-job training while you work in a salon and attend school. You will be earning income during all phases of the training period, including the hours you attend classes.

In the Salon

You will train a minimum of 32 hours per week under a licensed professional while learning these skills: 

Madison College Salon Image

  • Cutting
  • Styling
  • Coloring
  • Permanent waving
  • Shampooing and deep conditioning

In addition, many apprentices are also trained to give manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments, provide make-up analysis, and clean/style wigs and hairpieces.

An apprenticeship requires at least 4,000 hours of paid training. 288 hours of that training are spent in the classroom. 

In Class

You will attend class four-and-a-half hours per week over four semesters.

Program Details

Cosmetology classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax 

After completing the Cosmetology Apprenticeship program you will be eligible to take the state test to become licensed as a practitioner.

For more information on classroom instruction please contact program director, John Fahey, or (608) 258-2405

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

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.

Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.


Contact the School of Business and Applied Arts or call (608) 246-6003 ext. 8.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester


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.

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Cosmetology Apprentice graduates top candidates. Graduates from this apprenticeship program are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of cosmetology including:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Educational Director for a Salon or Manufacturer
  • Salon Manager
  • Hair/Makeup Stylist for Theatre & Film
  • State Inpector/Examiner
  • Barber

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