Salon and Spa Support Specialist Certificate (ST11)

The Salon and Spa Support Specialist certificate introduces courses that prepare students for careers in the field of Cosmetology as Salon and Spa Support Specialist. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. The program emphasizes specialized training for safety, sanitation, state laws, rules and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, structure of the hair, diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp, hair and scalp analysis, basic hair and scalp treatments, basic shampooing techniques, reception sales, management, employability skills, and work ethics. Graduates receive a Salon and Spa Support Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit and are employable as a Cosmetology salesperson, salon manager, or salon owner.

Important Salon and Spa Support Specialist Certificate Program Admission Information

The Salon and Spa Support Specialist 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

Salon and Spa Support Specialist graduates are employable as a Cosmetology salesperson, salon manager, shampoo technician, or even salon owner.


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:

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.

Admission Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 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

Salon and Spa Support Specialist Curriculum

The curriculum for the Salon and Spa Support Specialist certificate program is designed for the semester system. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 180 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (12 Credits)

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations & Professional Development



COSM 1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory


COSM 1020Hair Care and Treatment


COSM 1120Salon Management


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

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,200

Fees ($385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $354

Uniform Costs: Approximately $75

TB Test: $40

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)