Hairstyling Certificate

Earn your Hairstyling Certificate from IBMC College

Available at select times in Greeley and Longmont

Help Others Transform Their Look with a Hairstylist Career

Learn to deliver the perfect haircut, color, or style with a Hairstyling certificate from IBMC College. This certificate program offered at our Greeley and Longmont campuses in Colorado provides the professional skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the hairstyling industry. Graduates of our Hairstyling certificate program are prepared to pass the Colorado Board Examination and begin an entry-level career in a salon or spa.

As a student of the Hairstyling program, you will receive both classroom and practical hairstylist training over the course of a year. Our hairstyling classes are capped at 25 students in the classroom and 20 students in labs to ensure our students receive plenty of interaction with their experienced instructors. All of our students also gain real world experience working in IBMC College Student Beauty Services Clinics.

Licensed hairstylists are able to work in a variety of beauty jobs. Many of our hairstyling program alumni go on to work in salons, spas, residential facilities, assisted living facilities, and even cruise lines. With hairstylist jobs expected to grow 10% by 2026 nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no better time to start beauty school at IBMC College.

Is Hairstyling the right career for you?

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Student Beauty Clinics

All of our Hairstyling students gain real world experience practicing hair cutting, coloring, and styling in the IBMC College Student Beauty Services Clinics. With supervision by licensed educators, our student stylists in-training practice their hairstyling skills and consulting with real customers to build confidence and skills for success.

Learn more about our Colorado Student Beauty Services Clinics

What to Expect as a Hairstyling Student

Details About Program

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What is a Hairstyling Certificate?

The hairstyling certificate program provides in-depth training on hair cutting, coloring, and styling, as well as safety, hygiene, and professional business skills. Our hairstyling training program prepares students for the Colorado Board Examination and for an entry-level hairstyling or hairdresser position.

Licensed hairstylists can start a career in settings like:
– Hair Salons
– Spas
– Residential Facilities
– Department Stores
– Cruise Lines
– Assisted Living Facilities

How to Become a Hair Stylist in Colorado

Step 1: Apply to a hair stylist education and training program.

It is required that you complete hairstyling education training in order to become a licensed hairstylist. The state of Colorado requires 1,200 clock hours before you are eligible to take the licensing exam. Find the Colorado hairstyling program location and time that works best for you. At IBMC College, we offer hairstyling classes at both our Greeley and Longmont campus locations. Learn more about the application process here.

Step 2: Attend hair stylist courses at a Colorado beauty school.

Participate in the hairstlying classes at the campus nearest to you. In the required courses and labs for hairstyling training, you will master topics including hair cutting, hair coloring, hair styling, chemical texture services, business management, ethics, and safe work practices. You will also gain real world experience practicing your newly acquired hairstyling skills in a Student Beauty Services Clinic.

Step 3: Pass the Colorado Board Examination for licensure.

At the end of the Hairdtyling certificate program, you will be prepared to take the Colorado Board Examination for licensure. This exam includes both written and practical elements to evaluate your hairstyling knowledge. Once you obtain your hairstylist license, you are able to begin a hairstyling career in Colorado.

Step 4: Find a hair stylist position.

Once you are a licensed hairstylist, you can then apply for entry-level hairstyling positions. Many salons and spas around Colorado in Greeley, Fort Collins, Boulder, Brighton, and Cheyenne, WY have hired graduates of the IBMC College hairstyling program. Check out some of the organizations that have hired our graduates recently.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Hairstylist?

The education and training required to take the Colorado Board Certification Exam takes 12 months to complete (1,200 clock hours), as prescribed. After you complete the education requirements to become a hairstylist, you can then take the certification exam. Once you successfully pass the exam, you are able to obtain an entry-level hairdresser or hairstylist position in Colorado.

What Education is Required to Become a Hairstylist in Colorado?

The state of Colorado requires 1,200 clock hours of hairstyling education and training. The IBMC College hairstyling program covers topics that are tested on the Colorado Board Examination.

These topics include:
– Shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning
– Hair coloring
– Hair cutting
– Hair styling
– Chemical texture services
– Laws and industry regulations
– Business management
– Ethics
– Safe work practices

Where are Hair Styling Courses Offered in Colorado?

IBMC College offers hairstyling classes at our Greeley and Longmont campuses in Colorado. Student stylists-in-training will also work at the Student Beauty Services Clinic located on these Colorado campuses as well.

How Much Does the Hairstyling Certificate Program Cost?

The Hairstyling certificate program costs:
– $13,992 for tuition and fees
– $925 for program kit that includes a premium kit with upgrades, tote and personalized name badge
– $10,232 for estimated off-campus room and board (if applicable)

* This information is current as of November 2017. Please visit the Net Price Calculator for an individual cost estimate based on your current financial information.

Are There Any Prerequisites for the Hairstyling Certificate Program?

No, proof of a high school diploma or GED is all that is required to begin your pursuit of a hairstylist career.

Is IBMC College the Right Hairstylist School for Me?

IBMC College has been providing specialized career training to students for over 28 years. As a student at IBMC, you will receive practical hairstyling training that will help you build the confidence and skills you need to succeed in your hairstylist career. You will learn from dedicated instructors with over 150 years of industry experience collectively.

Each hairstyling class is capped at 25 students for lectures and 20 students for labs, so you can get the one-on-one training and attention you need to succeed. Our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including the Student Beauty Services Clinics, make IBMC College an ideal place to get a leg up on the competition in the hairstylist job market. Learn what makes IBMC different from other hair stylist schools.

What Do Hairstylists Do?

A hairstylist, also sometimes known as a hairdresser, beautician, or hair designer, helps people with their hair care needs. They shampoo, cut, color, and style hair for clients. They may also provide chemical texture services like perms. A hairstylist can act as a consultant, helping clients determine a hairstyle that will fit their look and advising them on hair care best practices.

Most hairstylists also have to perform duties like answering the phone, making appointments, and receiving their payments. Hairdressers also are responsible for keeping their workspace tidy and cleaning up after hair appointments.

How Much Do Hairdressers Make?

The salary for hairstylists varies depending on the beauty setting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median income for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is $29,590 per year. In Colorado specifically, the annual mean wage is $29,090 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.

Where Do Hair Stylists Work?

Hairstylists can work in a variety of beauty settings. Many IBMC College hairstylist certificate alumni go on to work in salons or spas in Colorado locations like Fort Collins, Boulder, Greeley, and Longmont. Some alumni choose to work in assisted living or nursing homes rather than in salons. Hairstylists are also needed on location for films, theater productions, modeling shoots, and even on cruise ships.

Do you need to be a Certified Hairstylist in Colorado?

Yes. In order to obtain a hairstylist position in Colorado, you must complete the required education and training and pass the Colorado Board Examination. In order to maintain your license, you must also pay to renew it on an annual basis.

What is the Job Outlook for Hairdressers?

The future looks bright for individuals beginning their hairstylist career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs are expected to rise 10% with 70,500 new jobs nationally by 2026. This is faster than average for all occupations. In Colorado, hairstyling jobs are expected to grow significantly faster at 25.7% by 2024 with 550 average annual new openings.

What Skills Do I Need to Become a Successful Hairstylist?

Creativity: Like with all beauty jobs, it is important for hairstylists to keep up with what is trendy and be ready to suggest new hairstyles for clients. They should be able to take their clients’ ideas and make them work.

People Skills: Hair styling is a service industry, and hair professionals should be approachable and friendly to put their clients at ease and make their experience pleasant. They should also genuinely enjoy talking with people as they have plenty of time to carry on a conversation while they work on their clients’ hair.

Physical Stamina/Strength: Hair stylists spend a lot of time on their feet. Often they have clients back-to-back with few breaks. It is important for hair stylists to be able to stand for long periods of time.

Attention to Detail: It is important for hairstylists to be able to recognize subtle differences in appearance. They are creating a look for clients, and being precise and observant are important for success.

Problem Solving: Hairstyling clients may bring difficult hair situations that they will be expected to fix. It is important to be able to take directions from clients and determine the best solution to fit their hair styling needs.

Start Your Hairstyling Career Now

Don’t put off your career plans any longer! Fill out the “Get Started” form at the top of the page to enroll in the Hairstyling certificate program from IBMC College in Greeley orLongmont, CO now.



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