Hair Designer Certificate (HD21)

The Hair Designer certificate is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of hair design. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, state laws, rules, and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, hair and scalp diseases and disorders, hair treatments and manipulations, hair shaping, hair styling, artificial hair, braiding/intertwining hair, chemical reformation and application, hair coloring, hair lightening, reception, sales, management, and work ethics. The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology.

Important Hair Designer Certificate Program Admission Information

The Hair Designer certificate program is an in-demand program with limited seats for each cohort. It is important to understand that acceptance into the program for a semester does not guarantee registration into a cohort during that semester. It does, however, place you on a list of accepted students in order of the date you were officially accepted to the program. Students will be notified during the registration period for the upcoming term if they have a seat in a cohort for that term.

If offered enrollment for a cohort and the student declines, the student’s spot will be forfeited and the student will be removed from the waitlist. In order to be placed back on the waitlist, the student will need to submit a new application for admission and be accepted again. The student will be placed on the waitlist based on the new date of acceptance.

If registered for a cohort, a student will be required to attend a mandatory program orientation prior to the start of the semester. Students will be notified of the date and time of the orientation once registered for a cohort.

If a student decides to pursue a different program while waiting for the next available cohort, the student must contact admissions prior to changing programs in order to remain on the list.   

Employment Opportunities

Hair Designer graduates are employable as cosmetology sales persons, stylists, salon managers, or salon owners. After additional experience/training, graduates may become instructors, platform artists, color technicians, or may work in another specialized area within the cosmetology field.


The Cosmetology program at Ogeechee Technical College is regulated by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology, 237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217, Phone 478.207.2440. Graduates are eligible to take the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology Examination. Web:


Upon successful completion of the cosmetology program, a licensure examination is required to work in the state of Georgia. Information on the licensure exam can be found on the Georgia Secretary of State website (

After obtaining a passing score on both the written and practical examination, a candidate must submit an application for licensure to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology with the appropriate fee. Passing the written and practical exam does not guarantee licensure. All criminal convictions and any board sanctions must be reviewed by the Board as a consideration for licensure.

Medical Requirements

Cosmetology/Hair Designer/Esthetics students are required to have a Tuberculosis skin test.  Student must provide TB test results prior to entering program.  Documentation will be maintained in a medical file. Proof of a negative skin test or chest x-ray must be provided to the instructor during your first program term.  Upon being advised of the inherent risk of exposure to Hepatitis, consent/declination forms will be provided for documentation of the student’s decision.  These forms will be maintained in the instructor’s office. We work with chemicals that may be harmful.  If you are or in the event you become pregnant during this course, check with your doctor and have him give you documentation stating that you may or may not attend this course.  A release of liability form must be signed by student and placed in the students file.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Hair Designer Curriculum

The curriculum for the Hair Designer certificate is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program in fall or spring semesters for program courses. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 1065 contact hours and generally takes 3 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (36 Credits)

COSM 1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory


COSM 1010Chemical Texture Services


COSM 1020Hair Care and Treatment


COSM 1030Haircutting


COSM 1040Styling


COSM 1050Hair Color


COSM 1080Physical Hair Services Practicum


COSM 1090Hair Services Practicum I


COSM 1100Hair Services Practicum II


COSM 1110Hair Services Practicum III


COSM 1115Hair Services Practicum IV


COSM 1120Salon Management


NOTE: “C” or higher grade is required for all the above courses.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $3,600

Fees ($385 per semester): $1,155

Books/Supplies: $1,200

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find your program)

Certification Exam: $109

TB Test: $40

Course Supply Fees: Cosmetology (click to find individual course fees)

Uniforms are required beginning fall and spring semesters

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)