Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate program designed to prepare students to become licensed cosmetologists in Illinois. The program utilizes the teaching methods created by the international hair and beauty company, Pivot Point*. This unique system provides high quality education and services via course books, DVDs, slides.


Cosmetologists provide many services to their clients, such as styling, cutting, coloring, permanent waves and Japanese straightening. A growing number of salons also offer specialized services such as manicures, pedicures and facials. Additionally, many careers are available in sales and marketing with the large companies that manufacture hair care products.


Working Conditions

Cosmetologists usually work in pleasant surroundings with good lighting and ventilation. Good health and stamina are important because these workers are on their feet most of the time. Most full-time workers put in a 40-hour week, but longer hours are common in this occupation, especially among self-employed workers. Work schedules may include weekends and evenings which are often the busiest times. Nearly half of all cosmetologists work part-time or have variable schedules.



Overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be favorable, especially because numerous openings will arise from workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force.


Accreditation /Licensure

Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and satisfies that agency's requirement of 1,500 hours of instruction or 50 credit hours. Persons who satisfactorily complete this curriculum are eligible to apply to take the cosmetology licensing examination required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.