Cosmetology Apprenticeship

Cosmetology student dyes the hair of a customer

Program Overview

Rice Lake

Cosmetology is a vibrant career with many employment and career opportunities. Salons, spas, barber shops, and beauty supply companies are in need of professional stylists.

A career in cosmetology combines professional techniques with creativity to provide a challenging career with many rewards. The cosmetology apprenticeship program provides the theory training to allow the student to satisfy the Wisconsin state requirements to become a licensed professional.

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Online Delivery 

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of online learning from you home or work setting.

Instructor Support

Instructors are available to students by email on a daily basis providing quick and effective feedback and assessment.

General Information and Application Process

  • Application process, forms and contract

  • Work Description:

    • Wisconsin Laws and Rules about:

      • Salon Ecology

      • Safety and Sanitation

      • Salon Operations

      • Theory of Hair Cutting, Styling, Coloring, Permanent Waving, Chemical Relaxing,  Manicuring and Artificial Nails, Facials, Applied Communications.

  • Working Conditions:

    • Generally work in clean, pleasant salons with good lighting and ventilation.  This occupation also requires strong interpersonal communication skills and standing for long periods.  Work hours usually include evenings and weekends.

  • Qualifications:

    • Age 18 years, high school diploma or GED

    • Physically capable of performing the trade.

    • Possess valid driver's license or means of transportation.

    • Recommended high school courses: general math, English, chemistry, science, biology, and accounting.

  • Terms of Apprenticeship:

    • Two year training program

    • 3,712 hours on-the-job training

    • 288 hours paid related instruction

    • After completing the program, apprentices must pass the state test to be licensed as a practitioner.

For More Information:

Contact Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College at Rice Lake for information about the skilled occupations and industries in Northwest Wisconsin and advice about the requirements and application procedures. WITC works closely with regional apprenticeship offices (located in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton and Madison), business and industry, and local labor union offices.

Obtain application from links to forms by contacting: 

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

When you have found an employer/sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards -



Eric Lockwood, Director of Apprenticeship and Workforce Training
715.246.6561, ext. 4297

Gina Monicken, Apprenticeship Assistant
715.246.6561, ext. 4212


Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.