Cosmetology Program

Woman with cosmetics

A licensed cosmetologist is a beauty specialist trained to treat hair, skin and nails. You would advise clients on hair styles, makeup, skin-care regimens, nail maintenance and any other beauty-related concerns that a customer may have. It provides a personal service that will help a client look and feel their best.

Your cosmetology license can take you in any direction, depending on the depth of your passion for your career and how much you are willing to invest in continuing your education. You can build a loyal clientele, open a business of your own, or become involved in competitions, photo shoots, trade shows, or educational presentations. You could also become affiliated with a distributor such as Matrix or Goldwell and provide them with education, product training, sales and/or marketing. Your options are endless in this fast-paced growing business!


Girl getting bangs trimmed
GST BOCES cosmetology student practicing a hair style

On the campus, students are able to practice their clinical services on friends, families and the community. Prices are very reasonable which allow us to cover the cost of our consumable supplies. The clinic is open on Thursdays from 4-9 PM for your relaxation and salon care needs.

For a complete list of the services we offer, click here.

Another BOCES student practicing a hair cut

Students must complete a 1000-hour, New York State approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in New York State. As proof of successful completion of schooling, you must have the Affirmation of a New York State Approved School. The section of the application must be filled out by GST BOCES and signed by the Administrator of Adult Services.

The complete course curriculum is available here.

Whether you want to change careers, earn extra income, participate in the beauty industry, or enjoy fashion and hair design, GST BOCES will prepare you to choose an exciting career!