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Technical Diploma

30 Credits | 1 Year

Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Human Services

In this high-quality, two-semester Cosmetology program, you will learn the essential technical skills required to properly care for people's hair, skin and nails. Apply your creativity, artistic design, effective customer service skills and cutting-edge practices to a career as a Cosmetologist, Barber, Color Technician, Make-up Artist, Nail Technician or Esthetician. 

Program Overview

The Cosmetology program prepares you with essential theory and hands-on instruction to develop your skills in cosmetology. You'll learn theories and techniques that are reflective of industry standards and apply these skills working with real clients in WITC's state-of-the-art salons. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to take the Wisconsin Cosmetology Practitioner License examination. 

Program Outcomes

Cosmetology graduates will be able to:

  • Perform shampoo, haircut and style service
  • Perform skin care services
  • Perform chemical services
  • Perform nail services
  • Develop business practices for industry success

In this two semester program, you'll develop skills in the fundamentals of hair sculpture, hair design, chemical texture, hair color, nail care and design, esthetics, advanced techniques and client services.

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Learn by doing. 

Cosmetology student practices on real client in on-campus salon

Upon completion, you may take the Wisconsin Cosmetology Practitioner License Examination. 

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This Cosmetology program is the most cost-effective program in the region.


Full program course offerings are available at the Rice Lake and Superior campuses. Fall and spring semester starts are available. 

Highly Trained, Passionate Instructors

Learn with highly-trained and passionate licensed Cosmetology instructors who bring a multitude of experience to the learning environment. Every instructor is committed to your success. 

Pivot Point Legacy Partner School

This designation reflects an educational program consisting of distinctive techniques of scientific hair designing and cosmetology. Techniques from this program are taught in educational institutions around the world. 

Extracurricular Activities

Participate in community-based field trips, local salon visits, campus and club activities, hair shows and competitions. 


Coursework addresses the essential theoretical and practical instruction to develop skills in cosmetology fundamentals, hair sculpture, hair design, chemical texture, hair color, nail care and design, esthetics, advanced cosmetology techniques and client services that is reflective of industry standards and trends. 

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Featured Cosmetology Courses

| 3 CR
Develop skills, utilizing proper tools and equipment, in hair coloring, tinting, and bleaching while applying chemistry principles and law of color inclusive of color correction techniques, hair damage assessment, and appropriate product selection on manikins and clients. COREQUISITES: 31502382 Hair Sculpture, 31502383 Hair Design, 31502384 Chemical Texture, 31502386 Cosmetology Fundamentals, and 31502387 Client Services 1
| 2 CR
Apply practical techniques learned in the classroom for hair sculpture, hair design, chemical texture, hair color and communication skills with clients, inclusive of individual student needs, including point-of-sale process and salon operations. COREQUISITES: 31502382 Hair Sculpture, 31502383 Hair Design, 31502384 Chemical Texture, 31502385 Hair Color, and 31502386 Cosmetology Fundamentals.
| 1 CR
Develop skills, utilizing proper tools and equipment, in hair removal, beard and mustache shaping, facial treatments, makeup, eyelashes, light therapy, and basic principles of electricity on manikins and clients. PREQUISITES: 31502382 Hair Sculpture, 31502383 Hair Design, 31502384 Chemical Texture, 31502385 Hair Color, 31502386 Cosmetology Fundamentals, and 31502387 Client Services 1 and COREQUISITES: 31502388 Client Services 2, 31502389 Advanced Cosmetology Techniques, 31502395 Nail Care and Design, and 31502396 Client Services 3.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*


30 Credits | 1 Year


$2,269 for cosmetology kit

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.

After the WITC Cosmetology Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a technical diploma in Cosmetology. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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The WITC Cosmetology program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. 

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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