Cosmetology - Riverland


Would you like a career that gives most graduates their choice of jobs right away?

Riverland program graduates have many job opportunities waiting when they complete the program. Imagine the pleasure of being able to choose the job you really want. This career offers constant variety and challenges as licensed professionals stay in touch with the latest style trends.

Cosmetology is the art and science of beauty care and is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Students must complete 1,550 hours of cosmetology training in a licensed school, pass a state board written test and the Certification of Skills test to become licensed. Training covers all aspects of hair and skin and nail care in a state of the art salon environment. Minnesota statutes and rules, laws, chemistry, anatomy, trichology, dermatology, and safety/sanitation are key elements of this program. Students also take classes in retailing, business fundamentals and workplace human relations.

Riverland instructors are licensed by both the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Our typical student to teacher ratio is just 17 to 1, which means plenty of personal attention. We focus on students as individuals rather than as a group. You can look forward to being ready to style your career in the way that suits you best!

Upon enrollment you must have

  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Be at least age 16
  • Qualified to receive a high school diploma or GED in order to become licensed
Typical Work Tasks


People who work in this career often:

  • Design costumes or cosmetic effects for characters.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Clean work areas or facilities.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.


    Employment Outlook

    Licensed cosmetologists can choose from a wide range of career directions. Options include: stylist, chemical technician, manicurist, esthetician, manager of a salon or salon owner, sales representative, instructor, platform artist, design team, recruiter, trainer, movie production stylist or make-up artist and theatrical work. This career always has something new to offer as it represents the latest trends in fashion. Graduates talk about the satisfaction of helping customers look better and feel better about themselves.

    In Minnesota, there are 10,210 workers employed in this large career.

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    Last Updated: February 15, 2017

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    • Diploma
    • 60 Credits | Three Semesters and One Summer Session
    • Location: Austin
    • Offering: Fall, Spring

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