images of blush with a brush applicator, a woman with a mudpack being applied, and someone getting a haircut with scissors and comb


Jenna Chapman

Cosmetology Coordinator
(828) 448-3548


Kayla Buff

Cosmetology Faculty
(828) 448-3539


You’re An Artist… With A Different Canvas

As a student in our program, you‘ll get hands-on instruction in a brand-new, modern salon-style setting. We will cover hairstyling, manicure/pedicure, make-up application, skin care, and much more.

When you complete the program, you will be qualified to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination, earning your license if you pass the exam.

Career Opportunities

Licensed cosmetologists have many career options, including:

  • Stylist
  • Platform Artist
  • Salon Owner/Manager
  • Makeup Artist
  • Sales Consultant
  • Educator


High School Students

In addition to traditional students, the program will also be open for high school juniors and seniors to enroll.


Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

Estimated Total Cost

AAS Cosmetology: $9,726.80
Cosmetology Diploma: $6,621.65
Cosmetology Certificate: $5,264.90
Manicurist/Nail Technology Certificate: $1,546.73
Natural Hair Care Specialist Certificate: $1,012.20 (tuition/fees only, textbook/student kit TBD)
Cosmetology Instructor Certificate: $2,024.40
Manicuring Instructor Certificate: $1,095.20

Graduation Rates


Job Placement


Additional Requirements for Licensure,
Certification or Approval

NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners Written Exam:
Cosmetology, Manicuring/Nail Technology, Natural Hair Care, Instructor: $79.00
NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners Practical Exam:
Cosmetology, Manicuring/Nail Technology, Natural Hair Care, Instructor: $94.00
Temporary License: $5.00
License Fee (after passing both written & practical exams)
Apprentice Cosmetologist: $20.00
Cosmetologist: $49.00
Manicurist: $20.00
Natural Hair Care Specialist: $20.00
Teacher: $20.00

What You Will Study

Cosmetology students at WPCC have several options available to them. Find out about the classes you could take below:

Cosmetology - A.A.S.

Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (69 Semester Hours)


Cosmetology - Diploma

Earn a diploma (47 Semester Hours)


Cosmetology - Certificate

Earn a certificate (34 semester Hours)


Cosmetology Instructor

A certificate for someone seeking to teach cosmetology (24 Semester Hours)


Manicuring/Nail Technology

A certificate program specializing in nail health and beauty  (12 Semester Hours)


Manicuring Instructor

Specialized training for someone seeking to teach manicuring (13 Semester Hours)


Natural Hair Care Certificate

Natural hair care training prepares students to become licensed in natural hair care. (12 Semester Hours)


Get More Information

Want more information about WPCC’s new Cosmetology program? Tell us more about yourself, and we’ll be in touch.

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