• Forsyth Central Cosmetology


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    Angelia Brown (anbrown@forsyth.k12.ga.us)


    • Available to any student who wishes to learn about cosmetology and the beauty industry. Consists of three classes:  Intro to Personal Care Services, Cosmetology Services II, and Cosmetology Services III. 
    • There is no industry certification for pathway completers, but they can transfer the hours they earn in the pathway to some local post-secondary cosmetology schools after they graduation- up to 500 hours. We currently have articulation with Lanier Tech and Paul Mitchell Esani and Paul Mitchell Atlanta.
    • Some of the theory curriculum learned in the pathway consists of: Safety and sanitation, Laws/Rules and Regulations of Georgia State Board of Cosmetology, basic first aid, chemistry, anatomy, diseases and disorders of hair/skin/nails, professional (soft) skills, and about our Career Tech Student Organization (CTSO) Skills USA.
    • Some of the hands-on skills and services learned in the pathway include: Facials, make up, manicures, hair styling, permanent waving, hair relaxers, hair cutting, and hair coloring.
    • To be considered a pathway completer for Cosmetology, the three pathway classes need to be completed- Intro to Personal Care Services, Cosmetology Services II, and Cosmetology Services III.


    Cosmetology Licensing Program (CLP)

    • In addition to completing the cosmetology pathway, if a student applies during their freshman year- they could be accepted into the licensing program which would give them the training and hours needed to apply to take their state board exam after graduation.
    • Georgia State Board of Cosmetology requires 1500 hours of training (theory and hands-on) by an accredited school to apply for a licensure exam. You must complete the training and pass a written and hands on/practical exam to become a Master Cosmetologist.
    • There are a total of 11 classes that must be taken to get the required training. Each student would need to consult with their counselor to find out if they have the space in their schedule to take the required classes.  There are options such as online courses and summer school classes that can be taken in order to allow space in your schedule for the licensing program, but often there is a cost associated with these courses.  Again, it is important to consult with your counselor to determine what you need for graduation and to see if the licensing program would be a good match for you.
    • There is a cost associated with the licensing program, and that is for a student kit. The kit includes things that are necessary for the program, for taking their state board exam, and tools needed as new cosmetologist. The kit ranges in price and is currently $500- this price is expected to go up slightly each year.  There are flexible payment plans for the kit, and some financial assistance to those who qualify.
    • Some additional services and skills they will learn are: Receptionist skills, advanced hairstyling, advanced haircutting, pedicures, acrylic nails, and advanced haircoloring. You will be required to perform services on live models/clients in the licensing program- this is what our industry is about!

    Dual Enrollment for Cosmetology

    • Can take dual enrollment cosmetology classes at Lanier Tech- either the Dawsonville or Gainesville location
    • Must start with the Shampoo Tech certification- which is four classes: COSM 1000 Intro to Cosmetology Theory, COSM 1o20 Hair Care and Treatment, COSM 1120 Salon Management, as well as a shampoo tech elective – which will be decided upon between student and Lanier Tech advisor
    • The classes and textbook costs are covered by the state, but you will be required to purchase a kit (approximately $800), uniform (black scrubs) and proper shoes (black, clog/work type shoe that covers entire foot)
    • Classes are Monday-Thursday at Lanier Tech, you can take morning classes (usually 8am-noon) or evening classes (usually 5pm-9pm)
    • You are required to get yourself to Lanier Tech for all classes and required to keep up with all the coursework
    • If a pathway completer is accepted into Lanier Tech, they can test out of two courses- COSM 1000 (written) and COSM 1020 (written and practical). If they pass the test, they will receive full credit for the class
    • Students can still transfer hours regardless if they test out of classes- usually up to 500 hours can transfer to Lanier Tech.


    Cosmetology Pathway Courses

    Introduction to Personal Care Services: This course introduces both fundamental theory and practices of the personal care professions including nail technicians, estheticians, barbers, and cosmetologists. Emphasis will be placed on professional practices and safety. Areas addressed in this course include: state rules and regulations, professional image, bacteriology, decontamination and infection control, chemistry fundamentals, safety, Hazardous Duty Standards Act compliance, and anatomy and physiology. Students will experience basic hands on skills in each area to help them determine the pathway they are most interested in pursuing. By completing courses in the personal care services pathways, students can potentially earn credit toward the hours required by the Georgia State Board of Barbering and/or Cosmetology or hours toward their license as an esthetician or nail technician.

    Cosmetology Services II: After exploring the different areas of Personal Care Services in the introduction course, students may choose to pursue further training in cosmetology services. This course as well as additional advanced cosmetology courses is aligned with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology requirements and licensure, and with the Technical College System of Georgia. This course is designed to enhance the understanding of anatomy of the skin and hair relating to the Cosmetology Industry. Students will master shampooing, permanent waving, haircutting, basic skin care, and make-up application while maintaining safety and sanitation in the workplace set forth by OSHA standards.

    Cosmetology Services III: This course will cover haircutting, hair color, and relaxers. Both theory and practical work will be implemented for students to have basic entry level skills in the field of cosmetology. Safety and infection control will be applied throughout this course. Professional work ethics, communication skills, critical thinking skills, soft skills and professional image will be utilized during this course. This course aligns to the regulations and requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology.


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