The Cosmetology Technical Diploma is a 38 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.



Study areas of the head and how to design haircuts and styles on different head shapes. Understand haircutting essentials that include form and techniques will help the student to develop a plan to execute the desired haircut and style. Student will perform solid form, increased layer, diagonal forward, and uniform haircuts.



Perform men's haircuts that include clipper cutting, shear over comb and finishing techniques such as point cutting, texturizing and blending. Consultation and special grooming techniques such as men’s facial waxing and grooming of eyebrows, nose and ears will also be practiced. Safety and infection control will be practiced throughout the course.



Study the structure of hair and the basics of chemistry in the cosmetology field. Examine the chemicals used and the effects they have to the hair during hair color applications as well as infection control with these types of chemical services. Explore Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and their segments.

SALON SERVICES 1 (31502104)


Study how personality, teamwork and ethics contribute to both personal and professional success within the cosmetology industry. Performance of services will include aspects of a salon experience from greeting a guest to completion of the service. Service skills and consultation skills will be practiced on fellow students and models within the salon environment.

SALON SCIENCE (31502105)


Study how microorganisms relate to the salon environment. Examine cell structure and body systems along with hair and scalp disorders, diseases and related anatomy. Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes relating to safety and sanitation in the salon will be covered.

HAIR COLORING 1 (31502115)


Study the color wheel and the theory behind the "Law of Color". Identify the differences between temporary, semi or demi-permanent colors, and permanent colors. Perform a retouch and virgin applications of hair color going darker.



Analyzes workplace communication situations to develop professional verbal and written communication skills. Learners apply verbal and written communication skills, as well as conflict resolution strategies, to improve workplace communication climates and promote personal and professional growth.

NTC Assessments Offered:



Examine the structure, growth, diseases, disorders and conditions of the nail. Infection control procedures will be examined and practiced to protect the client and practitioner. Anatomy of the hand, arm, foot and leg will be examined to effectively apply massage techniques relating to nail services. Demonstrate manicure and pedicure services to include polish application, nail art and nail enhancements.

Test-Out Option Term Definitions


An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.


A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

Have Questions?

If you have further questions regarding our Credit for Prior Learning options, please contact Student Records at or 715.803.1023.