Admission Requirements

Admission to Charleston Cosmetology Institute is open to all without regard to race, color, sex, or national origin.

Individuals wishing to enroll in Cosmetology, Nail Technology, or Esthetics must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Furnish proof of education - High School Diploma, GED, or official transcript.

Admission requirements to the Teacher Training Program are as following:

  • Hold a current South Carolina cosmetology, manicuring, or esthetics license.

  • Hold a High School Diploma or a GED.

  • Complete 45 hours training in a Teaching Methods course approved by the State Board.
    {Applicants may enroll in the program prior to the completion of the methods course but must complete the methods course by the end of the 750 hours of training.}

  • Pass the Instructor's written examination with a score of 80% or better.
    {Applicants must first complete the methods course before being allowed to sit for the written examination.}

  • An application completed and signed by the student instructor and the school shall be filed with the State Board before entering the training program.

All applicants must complete an official school enrollment application and schedule an interview with the school administrator.

Enrollment Dates:

{Please contact school for exact starting dates.}

Day Cosmetology and Nail Technology classes begin six times a year:

  • January, March, May, July, September, and November

Evening Cosmetology classes begin five times a year:

  • January, April, June, August, and October

Day Esthetics Classes begin three times per year:

  • March, July, and November.

Evening Esthetics Classes begin three times per year:

  • January, April, and October.

Approximate Completion of Course:

Course of Study Months to Complete
Day Cosmetology 12 Months
Evening Cosmetology 18 months
Day Nail Technology 5 Months
Esthetics 5 Months