Cosmetology Program

This curriculum covers a minimum of 1550 hours of instruction and training, which upon completion leads to a diploma that will enable the graduate to become licensed as a Cosmetology Practitioner in the state of Wisconsin when State Board testing requirements have been attained.

The course of instruction is based on Milady’s Standard Cosmetology text with contributions from our vendor brands: Goldwell, KMS, Paul Mitchell, OPI, Dermalogica, Depile’ve, Jane Iredale, Matrix, Mizani, GKhair and Nioxin. Our curriculum has been designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of cosmetology, which is then expanded to provide our students with the extra knowledge and experience essential to effectively compete in the salons of the future.

The Cosmetology Program curriculum at Gill-Tech Academy is composed of a variety of different courses, which are taught in the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Master Stylist levels. In essence, a course is introduced in the Freshman level, reiterated in the Sophomore and Junior levels and completed in the Senior and Master Stylist levels.

Most cosmetology courses have a THEORY segment in which fundamental concepts; principles and procedures are taught. In a classroom setting, the theory subject matter is introduced, as well as expanded upon and put into practice on mannequins, student subjects and models. When the student is ready to apply this knowledge in an actual professional setting, the student is scheduled in the STUDENT SALON. In the Student Salon, actual clients receive the professional services of students under the supervision of licensed instructors as the students gain hands-on experience in a specific course area.


Theory Hours Practical Hours Wisconsin Aesthetics Subjects
(SOC Code 39-5094.00)
10 0 Hygiene, grooming and personal development.
20 20 Bacteriology, sterilization and sanitation.
140 440 Haircutting, hair tapering, clipper-cuts, razor cutting, hairstyling, curling, thermal waving, finger-waving, roller setting, pin curl placement, blow-drying, shampoos, scalp and hair treatments, conditioning, reconditioning, hair analysis, and care of hairpieces, wigs and wefts.
185 392 Hair straightening, hair relaxing, thermal hair-straightening blow-outs, permanents, hair coloring, tinting, bleaching and chemistry.
35 60 Shaving, beard and mustache shaping, trimming, superfluous hair removal, waxing, facials, facial massages, facial makeup, eyelashes, light therapy, basic principles of electricity, and introduction to electrology
10 25 Manicuring, including nail enhancement.
50 0 Anatomy and physiology of the hair, skin and nails and disorders of the hair, skin, scalp and nails.
30 0 Product knowledge, product use and sales, preparing and consulting with customers for services.
18 0 Laws, rules, professional ethics and history of cosmetology
40 75 Individual student needs, industry trends and electives (e.g. recordkeeping, mathematics, communications, human relations, public relations, first aid).
538 1012 TOTAL HOURS 1550

Theory: means training through the study of principles and methods.
Practical: means training through action or direct contact with a client or model other than a manikin.

Program Schedule

Full-time course: The daily class schedule consists of no more than eight hours of instruction or practical training per day. Students are scheduled 35 hours per week, between Monday and Saturday. The first eight weeks will be scheduled, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30PM. When the Student Salon is open to the public during evenings or on Saturdays, each student will be scheduled on nights and alternate Saturdays to facilitate their Student Salon clients. Since the school is open six days a week, additional hours will be available (not to exceed 48 hours in a given week) for those students who wish to accelerate their program, or make up hours they have missed.

Flex-time course: The flex-time program will be offered with all class starts. The first eight weeks of attendance will be 35 hours per week 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. After completion of the Freshman level, students can reduce their hours of attendance to 24 hours per week. The program will take approximately 18 months to complete with the minimum number of hours of attendance. Additional hours will be available to accelerate a student’s scheduled completion date.