Cosmetology School (Non-credit)

Workforce Continuing Education School of Cosmetology

Learn the art of cosmetology in Wake Tech's streamlined, non-degree School of Cosmetology program. Prepare yourself to be workforce ready by focusing solely on hands-on training and preparing for the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners certification exam. 

Required information sessions

Attendance at an information session providing details of registration fees, admission requirements, books, kits, uniforms and program schedule is mandatory before you can register for this course.

Requirements for registration:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Social Security number or tax ID number
  • High school diploma or equivalency, or career readiness certificate
  • Money order to pay for registration


Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot for an online information session. Please include your preferred date and time and the best email address to reach you. A link will be emailed to you before the information session begins.

Cosmetology information sessions

These sessions are for Cosmetology only. View information sessions for Natural Hair Specialist.

No children are allowed to attend the information sessions.


Location Date Time Availability
Microsoft Teams March 10, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams March 22, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams March 22, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams April 7, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams April 7, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams April 20, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams April 20, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams May 3, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams May 3, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams May 24, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams May 24, 2022 6 p.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) March 7, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) April 5, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) May 2, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) June 6, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) July 7, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) August 1, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) September 12, 2022 10 a.m. Open
Microsoft Teams (Bilingual) October 6, 2022 10 a.m. Open

For information about cosmetology hair care classes, contact  [email protected] or 919-334-1590.

Industry-recognized credential: North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts

Complete in: 18 months or less

Student Support Services

Industry Recognized Credential

Course Details & Registration Information

Natural Hair Specialist
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
260273 Beltline Education Center 07/11/2022 12/13/2022 J. Hall $910.00 0/18
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This 348-hour course teaches students how to care for natural hair without using hair color, perms, relaxers, or other chemicals. The course includes styling techniques such as braiding, twisting, wrapping, extending, and locking natural hair. It also covers bacteriology and infection control, client consultations, business management, professional ethics, and more. Students will be able to practice and apply their skills on clients who visit the Wake Tech salon. Upon completion of the course, they will be able to take the NC State Board of Cosmetic Art's exam to become a licensed Natural Hair Care Specialist.
Course Objectives
  1. The student will be able to state the difference between cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization.
  2. The student will be able to identify infection control procedures in the salon.
  3. The student will learn to select wisely, care for, and use properly the commercial products that are related to the application of natural hair treatments.
  4. The student will develop the technical skills required in the practice of a natural hair beauty culture.
  5. The student will be able to identify and create protective styles techniques for natural hair.
  6. The student will prepare for state board examinations in order to obtain a license to practice natural hair.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Week 1 & 2

    Class Introductions, student handbook, class rules/expectations, and kit inventory.

    Use Natural Hair Curriculum
    Definition of (14a) Natural Hair Care

    Infection Control and Blood Exposure Procedures as defined in 21 NCAC subchapter 14H.
    Chapter 2 Infection Control explain all that does not apply for our State within Chapter 2 of Milady

    Demo, teach, and practice Infection Control and Blood Exposure Procedures.
    Introduce and explain Rubrics
    Student practice
    Performance Evals testing at end of two weeks using approved SB Rubrics
  2. Week 3
    Review Infection Control and Blood exposure procedures
    Bacteriology and Board laws, regulations, Board website, and licensure scope of practice (use Natural Hair Curriculum)

    Teach 21 NCAC 14H. 0403 and Demo Station Set up of workstation using 21 NCAC 14H. 0403 North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Rules and Regulations on how to
    Maintain a safe working environment.

    1. Sanitation, Disinfection Procedures, and Safety Procedures.
    2. Station Set up
    3. Show and tell; Single use implements
    4. Show and tell how to dispense or remove products for use from containers

    Student practice
    Infection Control
    End of week
    End of week Student Evaluations:
    Infection Control
    Blood Exposure Self and Client
    Cont' Performance Evals testing
  3. Week 4
    Chapter 1 & Shampooing and Draping
    Test Friday

    Demo and teach
    1. Draping, Shampoo and Condition Manikins
    2. Sectioning for Scalp Treatments
    Student practice

    Performance Evaluation
  4. Week 5
    Review Shampoo and draping/scalp analysis
    Product Knowledge
    A. Purpose and chemistry of shampoos and conditioners
    B. Scalp conditioning services
    C. Procedure
    D. Scalp Massage
    E. Scalp and hair analysis
    I. Client consultation/contact

    D. Analysis to provide proper service.

    Chapter 3 Personal and Professional Success & Blow dry and thermal Iron
    Test Friday

    Demo and teach Blow Dry and Thermal Iron

    Student practice:
    Station Set up
    Blow Dry and Thermal Iron
    Performance Evaluation (End of week)
  5. Week 6 & 7
    Review: chapter 3
    Chapter 4 The Professional Consultation
    a. Procedures; ex.Scientific Brushing
    b. How to service clients with special needs
    Test Friday
    Week 7
    Chapter 5 Hair Types, Structure, and Textural Differences

    Hair structure and growth cycle
    1. Hair type and wave pattern
    Midterm Test- Chapters 1-5 on Friday

    Introduce Performance Sheets
    Station Assignments

    Teach and demo Twisting techniques

    Station Setups
    student practice:

    Two-Strand Twists

    Chapter Test- Friday

    Rubric Practice
    Cont' Performance Evaluation Testing
  6. Week 8
    Review: Chapt. 4&5
    A. Ethics
    B. Communication/Consultation
    C. Record keeping

    Theory: Chapter 6 Hair and Scalp Diseases and Disorders
    Chapter test
    Identify and Discuss different Bacterias and Scalp Infections

    Teach and Demo Wrapping and extending techniques
    2 strand overlap
    3 strand overbraid and underbraid
    Invisible Braid
    Nubian Coils

    Station Set up
    Kit Check

    Student Practice

    Service evaluations
  7. Week 9
    Review chapter 6
    Chapter 7 Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition
    Anatomy of the head and neck
    Chapter test

    Teach and Demo Single Box braids and braid removal
    Student practice

    Service evaluations
  8. Week 10
    Review: Chapt 7
    Face shape and structure and anatomy of head and neck

    Chapter 8 Shampoo, Conditioners, Herbal Treatments, and Rinses
    Chapter Test

    Practical: Demo Consultations
    Student Practice

    Clients/Performance Sheets

    Service evaluations
  9. Week 11
    Review chpt 8
    Chapter 9 Textured Hair is Manageable and Protective Styles
    A. Purpose, definitions, and techniques for Loc Grooming
    B. Tools, implements, and materials needed

    Practical: Teach and Demo knots and locs

    Student practice

    Service Evaluations
  10. Week 12
    Review chpt 9
    Chapter 10 Natural Hair and Braiding Sculpting Techniques
    Chapter Test

    Practical: Teach and Demo Track and sew weft
    Crochet weave
    Feed- in cornrows
    Yarn braids

    Student Practice

    Service Evaluations
  11. Week 13
    Review Chpt 10
    Small Business Class

    Moc State Board prep

    Student practice
    Lock style and procedures
    A. Purpose, definitions, and techniques
    1. Comb technique
    2. Palm roll
    B. Tools, implements, and materials
    C. Placement, design, and direction
    D. Developmental phases
    E. Maintenance
  12. Week 14
    Mock State Board Practice
  13. Week 15
    Review previous chapters
    Physiology and Trichology

    Teach and Demo Wig Making and adding hair extensions

    Placement, design, and direction
    Adding extensions-NO Glue
    Artificial hair

    Student Practice
  14. Week 16

    Small Business Center/ Business Class
    Chapter Test
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Review for Final
    Timed Performances
    Clients/Performance Sheets
  15. Week 17
    Mock State Board Practical Exam
    Review and prepare students for the State Board Exam and go over the application procedure for DL Roope.
    Project Sheets due
  16. Small Business Center/ Business Class
    Protective Styles
    Final Exam
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Practice and Prepare for Mock State Board Practical
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
North Carolina State Board of Cosmetics Arts
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. N/A
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding and the workbook
Latch hook Crochet needle
Curved weaving hair extension needle
Hair on weft for sew-in weave
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Natural Hair Care Specialist
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