Cosmetology Schools in Wisconsin

Cosmetologists style hair, prepare makeup, apply skincare products and give manicures. In other words they have the task of helping others look as great as they possibly can. Here is all the info you need on cosmetology schools in Wisconsin and what it takes to become a cosmetologist in Wisconsin.

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cosmetology schools image1Cosmetologists, which may also be estheticians or skincare specialists, must complete a training program from a state-approved school. The training programs can usually be completed in 12-18 months and result in certificates rather than degrees. The state of Wisconsin requires that cosmetologists and beauty workers have a license, To be eligible for certification or licensure, the student must complete the following hours of training.

  • Cosmetologist – 1,800 hours (4,000 hours for apprenticeship)
  • Esthetician – 450 hours
  • Nail technician – 300 hours
  • Cosmetology Instructor – 150 hours plus 2,000 hours work experience

In addition to completing the required number of hours, the student must complete a supervised internship working in a salon. In some cases, the student can complete an apprenticeship in lieu of training. Once the student has completed the training, he or she may apply for licensure with the Wisconsin State Board of Cosmetology.

Job Demand for Cosmetologists in Wisconsin

Job demand for cosmetologists, hair stylists and hairdressers is very good, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). During the years 2012-2022 they can expect an employment growth of thirteen percent. Skincare specialists were predicted to see an employment growth of about forty percent for that same decade. Contributing to this demand is everyone’s desire to look younger along with the various beauty treatments available today.

Cosmetology and Beauty Salary Ranges in Wisconsin

As of May 2013, cosmetologists, hair stylists and hairdressers in Wisconsin earned a mean annual wage of $25,270 and skincare specialists in Wisconsin earned $34,290, according to a BLS report. Some factors that can affect wages include years of experience, skill level, place of employment and clientele. While the wages earned by the cosmetologists in Wisconsin were slightly below the national average, the wages earned by the skincare specialists in Wisconsin were slightly above the national average.

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List of Top Beauty and Cosmetology Programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has several schools that offer state-approved cosmetology programs. Below you will find a few of the top schools in the state, the length of the program and the school’s location.

  • Cosmetology Program – 1,800 hours/1 ½ years – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Shell Lake, WI
  • Cosmetology Course – 1,800 hours/40-45 weeks – State College of Beauty Culture – Wausau, WI
  • Esthetician Program – 19 weeks – State College of Beauty Culture – Wausau, WI
  • Cosmetology Program – 1,800 hours/1 year – Southwest Technical College – Fennimore, WI
  • Cosmetology Program – 1,800 hours – Salon Professional Academy – Appleton, WI
  • Cosmetology Program – 1,800 hours – First Class Cosmetology School – Beloit, WI
  • Esthetics Program – 450 hours – First Class Cosmetology School – Beloit, WI
  • Cosmetology Certificate – 13 months – Academy of Cosmetology – Janesville, WI

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