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The Cosmetology profession helps people look and feel their best. Our Cosmetology program offers a team of talented instructors who train full-time students of all ages. Our students are anxious to work in this exciting and rewarding industry. We believe education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be progressive and fun!

The Cosmetology program is 1500 hours in length.  Students will be trained in hair, skin, and nail care and will study the fundamentals of cosmetology and apply knowledge in the Cosmetology Lab-a fully operational salon on the Lake Area Tech campus. Students will incorporate the latest techniques and technical talents while cutting, coloring, shaping, and designing hair. In addition, students will also apply make up and perform manicures, pedicures, and facials. During the year, the Cosmetology program sponsors on-campus cosmetology events during which experts in the field share the latest trends in the industry. All students are required to take a state board exam after completion of the program.

Imagine a career that is rewarding and gratifying every day. You could work as a stylist, research technician, competition artist, manufacturer’s representative, salon owner or manager, school owner or instructor.


All students are required to take a board examination. Lake Area Technical College’s curriculum for Cosmetology meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in South Dakota. Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. Prospective or current students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in the state you plan to work before beginning an affiliated academic program. Read more here regarding Professional Licensure Disclosures.

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