CTE

Career & Technical Education

Appearance Enhancement Licensing Areas and Overlapping Hours

As a result of requests for clarification, the following guidance is offered. After consultation with the field, a chart has been developed that identifies allowable hours that crossover from the recommended cosmetology curriculum to other appearance enhancement disciplines. Situations have arisen where students who have decided to change their program of study from cosmetology to another appearance enhancement program area have inquired whether hours already completed can count towards the new program area. Because of the variation in how the cosmetology curriculum is delivered, not all hours may be acceptable in the new appearance enhancement program the student is entering. This chart is intended to be a guide for instructors and CTE program administrators to provide individual students with appropriate number of hour credit.

For example, a student who completes approximately 500 hours of a Cosmetology I program (year one of a two year program) may choose instead to pursue the esthetics program (600 hours) leading to the esthetics license. The following chart of recommended allowable hours can be used to determine which appearance enhancement content areas and hours overlap between cosmetology and esthetics. Instructors should keep accurate records of all hours completed successfully by students and be able to attest to the comparability of the content hours when documenting student hours for New York State licensing purposes.

Cosmetology 
1000 Hour* Program

Barbering
500 Hour* Program

Esthetics
600 Hour* Program

Natural Hair Styling  300 Hour* Program

Nail Specialty
250  Hour* Program

Waxing
75  Hour* Program

Professional Requirements
24

20

24

10

10

10

Safety and Health
26

10

26

20

20

20

Anatomy and Physiology
15

10

15

5

15

5

Hair Analysis
10

10

10

10

 

 

Hair and Scalp Disorders and Diseases
10

10

10

10

 

5

Chemistry as Applied to Cosmetology
5

10

5

5

5

 

Shampoos, Rinses, Conditioners and Treatments 30

20

 

20

 

 

Hair Cutting and Shaping
175

70

 

 

 

 

Hair Styling
245

20

 

20

 

 

Chemical Restructuring
180

50

 

 

Hair Coloring and Lightening
180

20

 

 

 

 

Nail Care and Procedures
40

 

 

40

 

Skin Care and Procedures
60

60

 

10

35

Total Allowable Hours

200

200

100

105

75

*Minimum hours needed for state licensing.
Grayed out areas indicate no overlap in hours.

Last Updated: March 17, 2011