Cosmetology Apprenticeship

Program Number: 50-502-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Campus: West Bend
This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

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

About the Program

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.

Application Information
Application Requirements
Training Period
Working Conditions
Tools & Equipment
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
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.

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 & Equipment

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

Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Practice Wisconsin statutes and administrative codes.
  • Practice client consultation.
  • Apply theory of hair cutting, styling, and coloring to actual applications.
  • Explain product application and contents.
  • Analyze effects of products on anatomy and hair structure.
  • Apply makeup.
  • Apply principles of good skin care.
  • Perform nail care techniques.
  • Identify skin diseases.
  • Incorporate green practices into the workplace.
  • Complete state licensing exam.
Career Opportunities
  • Instructor
  • Nail Technician
  • Retail Sales
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon Owner
  • Consultant
  • Makeup Artist
  • Spa Services
  • Skin Care
  • Cosmetologist
Admission Process

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

Tim Budda, Apprenticeship Training Representative


    Transfer Opportunities
    1. Transfer in prior college work or get a free transcript review. Start here.
    2. Transfer a Moraine Park degree to earn a bachelor’s – learn more.
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    Semester 1
    502-501Shampooing, Cutting, Styling and Permanent Waving3
    Total 3
    Semester 2
    502-502Relaxing, Coloring, Nails and Skin3
    Total 3
    Semester 3
    502-503Health, Image, Structure and Law3
    A state of Wisconsin Licensing Exam is required.
    Based on Moraine Parks curriculum design, actual program hours will be delivered at 324 hours. The state has required a minimum of 288 hours paid-related instruction.
    Students will begin the semester directly following their indenture date. There are no prerequisites.
    Total 3
    Related Electives (Unpaid Related)
    455-455Required - Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker.2
    Total .2
    Total Credits9