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Cosmetology Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship│West Bend Campus

Gain on-the-job training and perfect your salon skills with the Cosmetology Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park.

The Cosmetology Apprenticeship program is the perfect path for creative and outgoing individuals. Apprentices work alongside experienced cosmetologists in the salon to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the beauty industry! Get paid to learn the trade by becoming a Cosmetology apprentice and work toward an artistic and rewarding cosmetology career.

What You’ll Learn

Apprentice students learn hands-on skills in the salon and attend school one day a week to complete the classroom requirement for licensing. Students are trained in hair, skin and nail services and upon completion are able to provide high-quality salon services. Students learn the latest techniques, hear from industry artists and attend local beauty shows.

Students are prepared to take the Wisconsin NIC Cosmetology Licensing Exam and upon graduation begin working as a cosmetologist.

Good stamina and health are important as most cosmetology careers require standing for long periods of time.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Platform Artist
  • Retail Sales/Salesperson
  • Salon Manager
  • Consultant
  • Spa Services
  • Makeup Artist
  • Skin Care
  • Product Educator
  • Aesthetician
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Owner
  • Instructor
student in salon

Application Information

For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 262-335-5849.

Application Requirements

Applicants should be 18 years of age and submit an apprentice and employer application to their Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative. See representative information.

Admission Process

Apprentice students do not complete standard admissions with Moraine Park. Interested students should contact:

Tim Budda, Apprenticeship Training Representative
Email: timothy.budda@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

Books and supplies – $480

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Training Period

The Cosmetology Apprenticeship consists of two years of not less than 4,000 hours. The apprentice spends 6 hours per week for three semesters in paid-related classroom instruction, for a total of 288 hours. Once the apprenticeship is completed, the individual takes the state test to become a licensed practitioner.

Working Conditions

Cosmetologists generally work in well-lit, well-ventilated shops but will be standing on their feet for long periods.

Tools and Equipment

The shop owner will provide hand tools and equipment during the apprenticeship.

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!