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Cosmetologist Apprentice

Begin a career a cut above the rest through a Cosmetology Apprenticeship. You’ll make clients feel great about themselves by providing services related to all kinds of hair treatments, from cutting to styling to coloring. You’ll also give manicures, pedicures, facials, scalp treatments and advise your clients about hair care. Plus, you’ll learn and practice important skills like keeping your work area and tools clean and sanitized and tracking client records and appointments.

  • Train for just two years with combined work on-the-job and in the classroom, totaling 4,000 hours.
  • Begin a rewarding career with no student debt – in fact, you’ll get paid to attend classes!
  • Upon completing the program and passing the Cosmetology State Board exam, you’ll become a licensed cosmetologist, ready to continue your career and pursue your passion for hair.


You must be in good physical health and able to stand for long periods, possess finger dexterity and a sense of form and artistry and work well with the public.

Get started as a Cosmetologist Apprentice

  1. Contact the local Apprenticeship Training Representative at 262-564-3210 to begin identifying or planning your apprenticeship.
  2. If an employer wishes to hire you, they will submit an apprentice application to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). You will be given a credential notice if the DWD determines that you meet the Bureau of Apprentice Standards qualifications.
  3. You and your employer will submit the credential notice, the Apprentice Application (Form #1488) and fee ($10.00) to the Department of Safety and Professional Services, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935.
  4. The Department of Safety and Professional Services will issue the apprentice permit after the application is approved. You may begin to work after your permit is issued. Your permit will be valid for three (3) years.
  5. Once your contract is in place, Gateway’s Apprenticeship department will communicate with you regarding registration, classes and books.

If you need assistance getting started, Gateway’s Apprenticeship Department is happy to help.

Curriculum Sheet:
PDF icon  50-502-1 Cosmetology Apprentice Curriculum Sheet.pdf

Career Pathway Map:
PDF icon  Cosmetology Apprentice Career Pathway Map.pdf