Please see the Washington State Licensing website for the latest information about current licensing requirements and more.

Cosmetology is a diverse field that offers a variety of employment opportunities. SCC's cosmetology programs provide the education and training needed to successfully compete in today's job market.

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A student in the esthetician program waxing
A student in the esthetician program waxing

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Contact Sylvia Garcia at Sylvia.Garcia@scc.spokane.edu for further information.

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A student giving a facial with a mask
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A manicurist program
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Students enrolling in the manicuring certificate program will receive training in all aspects of nail care. Areas of emphasis include the application and removal of artificial nails and nail tips; various manicure and pedicure treatments; hand and feet massage techniques; and all safety and sanitation measures involved with these processes. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be prepared to take the Washington State Examination in Manicuring.

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An acrylic nail being shaped
Natural nail care in a pedicure
Natural nail care in a pedicure
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The finished product! A hair color client (center) and her student cosmetologists
The finished product! A hair color client (center) and her student cosmetologists

Please note: This program is suspended due to budgetary constraints until further notice.

The Cosmetology Cadet Instructor certificate is a 500-hour program, which prepares licensed cosmetologists for the cosmetology instructors examination issued by the Washington State Board of Cosmetology.

Under the supervision of a licensed cosmetology instructor, cadet instructor students receive 150 hours of training in instructional methods and 350 hours of clinical practice assisting basic students in all phases of cosmetology.

All students must submit a resume and proof of current licensure and meet with the department chair for an interview prior to acceptance into the program.

The program runs odd years, and participants must have at least one year of salon experience.

Physical Requirements:
  • Normal or corrected vision
  • Physical dexterity, i.e. small grasp manipulation
  • Must be able to work with arms at shoulder level for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time

Michael Miller, Counselor for the Cosmetology program:


You can contact Michael Miller by email at michael.miller@scc.spokane.edu, by telephone at (509) 533-7039 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7039, or in person in the University Transfer Center (Building 1, Room 1220J). His usual working hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

A Message from Kim Rose, admissions/registration processor for the Cosmetology program:


Thank you for your interest in our popular cosmetology program at Spokane Community College. If you are interested in applying to the program and have never applied to SCC, you may apply online or apply in person with the Office of Admissions and New Student Entry located in the Student Services Building (Bldg. 15, Room 113). If you have questions regarding program requirements, available start dates, registering for classes, or other topics, you may email me at Kim.Rose@scc.spokane.edu) and I will respond to your questions promptly. You may also visit me on a walk-in basis by asking for me at the Registration counter in the Student Services Building (Bldg. 15) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you prefer to contact me by telephone, please dial 711 (relay operator) and ask for 509-533-8824. I look forward to serving you and wish you the best as you pursue your educational goals! On another note, please call our student-operated salon at 533-7288 to schedule an appointment for one of our extraordinary salon services and meet our fabulous teaching team.

Inspiration: a Salon


  12:45 - 3:30 PM
Wednesday - Friday:
  9:30 - 11:30 AM
  12:45 - 3:30 PM

Inspiration is a salon within an academic program; all services are performed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.


  • All guests must either have a parking pass or park in metered parking. You may request a pass in the security office located in the center of Building 1, Room 147.
  • Visit our Facebook page for advance notice on all specials and sales!
  • We are currently offering free haircuts for people who are willing to donate hair 10 inches or longer to Locks of Love.

We carry and use a full line of Redken products for hair care and Sanitas products for skin care. We also carry Jane Iredale makeup products.

Gift certificates are available.

(509) 533-7288

Building 1, Room 261-A

Prices for Services Offered as of October 2013

Hair Services

Clipper Cuts $3
Haircut $5
Shampoo Set $5
Shampoo/Blow Dry/Iron Curl $5
Braids (per braid) $2
Up-Style $5
Deep Conditioner and Massage $10 & up

Chemical Services

Color $30+ - $35+*
Additional Products $7
Foils $30 & $35*
2nd Color Foils $8
Additional Bowls $8
Full Head Bleach $45+
Perm (short) $20 & $25*
Perm (long) $30 & $35*
Chemical Relaxer $25 & $30*
Additional Product $8

Facial & Waxing Services

Facial $15
Lash or Brow Tint $6 each
Lash Perm $10
Jane Iredale Makeup Application $3
Brows/Chin/Lip Wax $5 each
Bikini or Underarm Wax $12
Upper or Lower Legs Wax $20
Full Leg Wax $35
Arms, Back, Chest, or Full Face Wax $20


Manicure $7
Pedicure $15
UV Polish $5 added
UV Polish Removal Only $2.50
Paraffin $5
*Advanced Student Pricing

What is the field like? (Click to open)


Cosmetology is a constantly changing field. New techniques, products, and technologies are happening all of the time. If you like change and are a positive, motivated individual who is artistic and enjoys making positive changes in peoples' lives, this is the profession for you! There are many different licensing options in Washington State. Currently cosmetology is the practice of hair care, natural nail care, and minimal skin care; manicuring is the practice of natural and artificial nail care; and esthetics is the practice of caring for and improving the appearance of the skin. Watch our website for updates on changes to the licenses Washington offers.

What programs does Spokane Community College offer?

SCC's Cosmetology department trains students to succeed in this challenging field. The department offers three options: a two-quarter manicuring certificate program (temporarily suspended as of January 2010), a two-quarter esthetics certificate program, and a full seven-quarter AAS degree cosmetology program. The cosmetology option results in an associate in applied science (AAS) degree.

What qualities do I need to be successful in this field?


Qualities or abilities that professionals in these fields need to be successful are cooperating with others, communicating (orally in English as well as reading and writing), solving problems, resolving conflicts, taking responsibility, time management, learning new techniques, adapting to change, eye-hand coordination, and record keeping. Good posture and the ability to stand for prolonged periods is a necessity in the cosmetology field; manicuring and esthetics require prolonged periods of sitting. The fields of cosmetology, manicuring, and esthetics require a person who is self-motivated; has a strong work ethic; and loves people, change, and new trends and techniques.

What classes will I take?

This depends upon which option you select:

  • A full cosmetology license requires a minimum of 100 hours instruction in manicuring, 100 hours instruction in esthetics, and an additional 1,400 hours or cosmetology training which includes but is not limited to: hair cutting, styling, braiding, coloring, retexturizing, and color removal. After successfully completing the course work, you will be eligible to take the Washington State practical and written examinations. After successfully passing both tests you will be prepared for professional employment.
  • State certification for manicuring requires 600 hours instruction in all aspects of artificial and natural nail care. After successfully completing the course work, you will be eligible to take the Washington State practical and written examinations. After successfully passing both tests you will be prepared for professional employment.
  • In esthetics, the state certification requires 600 hours of skin care instruction consisting of all aspects of skin care and the temporary removal of superfluous hair. After successfully completing the course work, you will be eligible to take the Washington State practical and written examinations. After successfully passing both tests, you will be prepared for professional employment.

In addition, one or more related classes are required per quarter for an AAS degree.

Where can I get a job?


Salons and spas are found everywhere, from small towns to large. Potential positions include (depending on field chosen) esthetician, beauty therapist, cosmetologist, manicurist, make-up artist, image consultant, nail technician, salon/spa manager, salon/spa owner, hairstylist, pedicurist, stylist, beauty advisor, instructor, hair designer, hair dresser, hair colorist, wig technician, field representative for various manufacturers, and cosmetic consultant.

Various forms of employment exist in these professions, including self-employment, working on a commission basis, or earning an hourly salary.

Job opportunities are good for graduates in these fields, as well as for experienced operators and those who are seeking part-time employment. There is an increasing demand for beauty services as our population ages. Men and women appreciate the services provided in salons.

What can I expect to earn?

The professions of cosmetology, manicuring, and esthetics are fields that reward individuals according to what they are willing to invest in time and training. Most successful individuals continue their education regularly to keep abreast of changing technologies and trends, network with community members, and build their clientele through these activities.

Hourly rates for the professions vary. Cosmetology average starts at $9.01 and the high end is $25.16. Manicuring average starts at $8.29 and the high end is $10.97. Esthetics average starts at $12.45 and the high end is $27.54. (Source: www.workforceexplorer.com as of 1-25-2010)

We are located on the campus of Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St.

Finding Us

Directions from I-90:
Take the Spokane Community College exit from I-90. Thor/Freya turns into Greene.

Directions from the north:
Follow Market south to Greene.

Directions from the center of town:
Follow Mission east to Greene.

Once you are on campus, you will find us in the southwest part of Building 1 (Old Main), on the second floor.

Campus Map

For drop-offs and pick-ups, please use the west entrance to Building 1. An elevator and stairs are available. Parking permits are available at the cosmetology front desk or from Campus Security in Room 149 of Building 1. Parking meters are also available on the south side of the building.

The daytime cosmetology program is closed to clients on Mondays. We are generally available as follows:

  • Telephone Hours
    Tuesday - Friday 9:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:45 - 3:30 PM
  • Phone: (509) 533-7288

If we are on the phone when you call and you get our voicemail greeting, please leave a message.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits
COS 101Introduction to Cosmetology 2.0
COS 111Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring Concepts I 5.0
COS 112Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring Applications I 12.0
COS 113Manicuring Concepts I 4.0
COS 114Manicuring Applications I 10.0
COS 115Manicuring Concepts II 4.0
COS 116Manicuring Applications II 10.0
COS 119Advanced Manicuring Concepts 1.0
COS 121Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring Concepts II 5.0
COS 122Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring Applications II 11.0
COS 123Esthetics Concepts I 4.0
COS 124Esthetics Applications I 10.0
COS 125Esthetics Concepts II 4.0
COS 126Esthetics Applications II 10.0
COS 127Advanced Esthetics Concepts 1.0
COS 129Advanced Manicuring Applications 2.0
COS 131Intermediate Cosmetology I 5.0
COS 132Intermediate Cosmetology Applications I 11.0
COS 135Esthetics Concepts III 4.0
COS 136Esthetics Applications III 5.0
COS 227Advanced Esthetics Applications 2.0
COS 241Intermediate Cosmetology II 5.0
COS 242Intermediate Cosmetology Applications II 10.0
COS 251Advanced Cosmetology I 5.0
COS 252Advanced Cosmetology Applications I 10.0
COS 261Advanced Cosmetology II 5.0
COS 262Advanced Cosmetology Applications II 7.0-10.0
COS 288Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar) 1.0-18.0