Cosmetology Apprenticeship

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Program Number: 50-502-1
Campus: West Bend
This program is not eligible for financial aid

Gain on-the-job training and perfect your salon skills with the Cosmetology Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park.

About the Program

The Cosmetology Apprenticeship program is the perfect path for creative and outgoing individuals. Apprentices work alongside experienced cosmetologists in the salon to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the beauty industry! Get paid to learn the trade by becoming a cosmetology apprentice and work toward an artistic and rewarding cosmetology career.

What You'll Learn

Apprentice students learn hands on skills in the salon and attend school one day a week to complete the classroom requirement for licensing. Students are trained in hair, skin and nail services and upon completion are able to provide high quality salon services. Students learn the latest techniques, hear from industry artists and attend local beauty shows.

Students are prepared to take the Wisconsin NIC Cosmetology Licensing Exam and upon graduation begin working as a cosmetologist.

Good stamina and health are important as most cosmetology careers require standing for long periods of time.

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Application Information

For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 262-335-5849.

Application Requirements

Applicants should be 18 years of age and submit an apprentice and employer application to their Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative. See representative information.

Admission Process

Apprentice students do not complete standard admissions with Moraine Park. Interested students should contact:

Tim Budda, Apprenticeship Training Representative

Approximate Costs



  • $149.50 per credit (resident)
  • $224.25 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $5.00 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $13.45 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Training Period

The Cosmetology Apprenticeship consists of two years of not less than 4,000 hours. The apprentice spends 6 hours per week for three semesters in paid-related classroom instruction for a total of 288 hours. Once the apprenticeship is completed, the individual takes the state test to become a licensed practitioner.

Working Conditions

Cosmetologists generally work in well-lit, well-ventilated shops but will be standing on their feet for long periods.

Tools and Equipment

The shop owner will provide hand tools and equipment during the apprenticeship.

Course Requirements 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
502-501 Shampooing, Cutting, Styling and Permanent Waving 3
Semester 2
502-502 Relaxing, Coloring, Nails and Skin 3
Semester 3
502-503 Health, Image, Structure and Law 3
 Total Credits9

Note: A state of Wisconsin Licensing Exam is required.
Based on Moraine Parks curriculum design, actual program hours will be delivered at 324 hours. The state has required a minimum of 288 hours paid-related instruction.
Students will begin the semester directly following their indenture date. There are no prerequisites.

This apprenticeship program requires Related Electives. Please contact your Apprenticeship Coordinator for courses.

 Program Outcomes

  • Summarize safety and sanitation procedures
  • Summarize the current Wisconsin administrative codes and statutes for cosmetology
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills for success
  • Compare haircutting services
  • Compare shampoo services
  • Compare skin care services
  • Compare texture services
  • Compare hair color services
  • Compare hairstyling and finishing techniques
  • Compare nail services
  • Develop strategies to market products and services

Career Opportunities

  • Cosmetologist
  • Platform Artist
  • Retail Sales/Salesperson
  • Salon Manager
  • Consultant
  • Spa Services
  • Makeup Artist
  • Skin Care
  • Product Educator
  • Aesthetician
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Owner
  • Instructor