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Salon Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments:
(714) 895-8115 ext. 1
Skin Care Info:
(714) 895-8124.

For more information about the Cosmetology Program contact us at:

Phone: 714-895-8115 x3
Email: Cosmetology

Golden West College is a Board of Cosmetology Approved Provider Article 5, Section 945 Rules and Regulations


California State Board of Cosmetology
P.O. Box 944226 Sacramento, CA 94244-2260 (800) 952-5210

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Cosmetology Program Overview

Golden West College offers a license program in Cosmetology.  This program has been in existence at Golden West College for over 40 years, and the program’s reputation is highly recognized in the salon industry throughout Southern California.  The program is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to prepare for the state licensure examination and successful initial employment. Golden West College Cosmetology students maintain a high pass/fail ratio for state licensing test. Students who achieve a “C” grade or better for the entire program can receive a Certificate of Specialization in Cosmetology.

Cosmetology is a 1600-hour program, consisting of five sessions and takes approximately one year to complete.  The program offers full time day classes only, Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  New sessions begin in August, October, January, March, and May.  To begin, you are required to register for COSM G021 (Cosmetology, Level I, 11 units). 

Forty six (46) units are earned with completion of the five sessions of Cosmetology.  You may begin your training at any of the sessions, but you must complete all of them consecutively.  Enrollment in the pro-gram requires continuous attendance for the total number of program hours to become eligible for the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology examination.

To register for the program submit an Admissions Application to Golden West College (on-line at After your application is processed you will receive registration information via email. NOTE: Cosmetology courses begin two weeks earlier than regular classes. Check the current semester schedule for term start dates. If the class is full, you can come to class on the first day to petition for enrollment.  Vacant seats are filled by a lottery-type system.  There is no waiting list.  If an enrolled student is not present at 8:00 am on the first day when roll is called they will be dropped from the class and the seat will be given to a petitioner (no exceptions).  Enrolled students will be required to purchase the Cosmetology Kit on the first day of instruction.  This kit has all the tools and textbooks required for the entire program. 

For students having difficulty enrolling in the program, we recommend that you take other classes at Golden West College.  This will provide you with “continuing student” status and you will receive an earlier registration appointment over new students. 

We do not accept cosmetology students who have accumulated more than 450 hours of previous cosme-tology training from a Board of Barbering and Cosmetology approved school.  Students using previous transfer hours will enroll COSM G021 (Level I), and transfer hours will be added onto the end of the program.  Transfer students will be required to purchase the Cosmetology Kit made available on the first day of class.  Students with transfer hours will not be able to pre-apply for State Board Licensure Exam.

EXPENSES (these expenses are subject to change and in some instances are approximate):

Financial aid is available for Cosmetology students.  Please refer to the “Student Success Services” section of your schedule for information on financial aid, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), and Re-Entry/Cal WORKs.  You can also find this information at

Thank you for your interest in the Cosmetology Program at Golden West College.  We look forward to meeting you and seeing you in our program.  Should you have any further questions, please e-mail