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Career & Technical Education

Cosmetology Hours and Grading Policy

Cosmetology hour distribution and grade guidelines

To meet the needs of the appearance enhancement field and clarify the difference between students’ satisfaction of required program hours vs. successful program completion when considering school endorsement of students’ NYS licensing exam applications, the following recommendations serve as guidance to school programs, as outlined by the New York Department of State, Division of Licensing:

Each school district and BOCES has developed and should adhere to its own local attendance, grading, and progression policies for individual programs.  These policies should define program standards, required hours as mandated by the Department of State, and what constitutes successful completion of a cosmetology program of study.

The cosmetology program and other appearance enhancement disciplines are licensing programs that are regulated by the New York Department of State. Students enrolled in a cosmetology licensing program must accumulate required hours of classroom instruction and clinical experience, as well as successfully complete the program, in order to be recommended by the school district or BOCES to take the New York State Licensing exam(s). This endorsement by the school attests that the approved curriculum components have been delivered and the student has successfully mastered the content as well as laboratory practice hours, per the school’s policies and state requirements.  Meeting the educational requirements in order to apply to take the licensing exam is the first step in the overall goal of state licensing: public health and safety.  

Student grades and other progression criteria and the accumulation of attendance hours are two separate programmatic components that combine to determine successful program completion and the school’s endorsement to apply for a license. Every school is responsible for documentation of the attendance hours accumulated by each student as just one factor in determining whether a student will be recommended for the licensure examination application.

Students who either:
Do not complete the required hours
or
Fail to demonstrate proficiency in the requisite knowledge and skills (program completion)
may not be recommended by a school district or BOCES to take the licensing exams.

In other words, a student who may accumulate the required attendance hours as set forth by the Department of State, yet does not meet the program completion standards, should not be recommended by the school to apply to take the licensing exam(s).

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Acceptable activities that may count towards required 1000 hour Cosmetology Licensing Program

An informal survey of registered cosmetology programs indicates that approximately 65 percent of the students enrolled in the two year program complete the required 1000 hours and a majority of those students attend additional summer programs to complete the required hours. Snow closings and delays, district holidays, and minimal legal absences severely hinder many students from completing the required 1000 hours in the two years that most programs operate.

In an effort to enhance student success rates in secondary cosmetology programs in New York State, the following guidelines should be used to determine what types of out-of-school activities can be used to help students meet the 1000 hour requirement within a two year timeframe.  Students wishing to use these experiences to complete the required hours must be in good academic standing based on attendance and grade requirements as determined by each school district. (A 70 percent passing grade is used for licensing exams.) 

A maximum of 125 hours of approved activities may be used towards the 1000 hour requirement

 

All activities must

  • be pre-approved and supervised by their New York State certified cosmetology teacher;
  • require a graded one to two page paper describing the experience and knowledge gained from each different activity.  The papers, which are kept as a part of the student portfolio, must meet ELA standards as well as program objectives;
  • offer students who are in good academic standing, the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and not be limited to one type of activity.

Work-based learning activities must be unpaid, observation activities only, under the supervision of a work-based learning coordinator.

Examples of teacher-suggested student activities:

  1. Advanced training classes such as hair coloring, hair cutting, skin care, nail technology, natural hair care and hair styling offered by third party entities.
  2. Cosmetology related trade shows.
  3. Curricular based activities in a clinical setting such as performing hairstyles or makeup for school fashion shows, drama presentations, or health and beauty community service days.
  4. Related student leadership organization activities

Participation in a broader range of experiences can increase the knowledge and skills of students and offers them the chance to experience the business aspect of the appearance enhancement industry.

 

 

 

 

Acceptable activities that may count towards required 1000 hour Cosmetology Licensing Program

An informal survey of registered cosmetology programs indicates that approximately 65 percent of the students enrolled in the two year program complete the required 1000 hours and a majority of those students attend additional summer programs to complete the required hours. Snow closings and delays, district holidays, and minimal legal absences severely hinder many students from completing the required 1000 hours in the two years that most programs operate.

In an effort to enhance student success rates in secondary cosmetology programs in New York State, the following guidelines should be used to determine what types of out- of- school activities can be used to help students meet the 1000 hour requirement within a two year timeframe.  Students wishing to use these experiences to complete the required hours must be in good academic standing based on attendance and grade requirements as determined by each school district. (A 70 percent passing grade is used for licensing exams.)  

A maximum of 125 hours of approved activities may be used towards the 1000 hour requirement

All activities must

  1. be pre-approved and supervised by their New York State certified cosmetology teacher;
  2. require a graded one to two page paper describing the experience and knowledge gained from each different activity. The papers, which are kept as a part of the student portfolio, must meet ELA standards as well as program objectives; or
  3. offer students in good academic standing the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and not be limited to one type of activity.

Work-based learning activities must be unpaid, observation activities only, under the supervision of a work-based learning coordinator.

 

Examples of teacher-suggested student activities:

  1. Advanced training classes such as hair coloring, hair cutting, skin care, nail technology, natural hair care and hair styling offered by third party entities
  2. Cosmetology related trade shows
  3. Curricular based activities in a clinical setting such as performing hairstyles or makeup for school fashion shows, drama presentations, or health and beauty community service days
  4. Career Exploration Internship Program and/ or job shadowing
  5. Related student leadership organization activities 
Participation in a broader range of experiences can increase the knowledge and skills of students and offers them the chance to experience the business aspect of the appearance enhancement industry.

 

Last Updated: March 17, 2011