High School Operator Certificate

The High School Operator Certificate covers of all areas of cosmetology, including hair, nails and skin.

Students applying color treatment to a manequin's head

The program prepares current high school students to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations examination for licensing. High school students typically begin in the fall semester of their junior year.

High school students must complete 1,000 clock hours before graduation from high school and successfully complete high school graduation requirements.

Certificate – High School Operator

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
Semester Total 8
CSME 1401 Orientation to Cosmetology 4
CSME 1451 Artistry of Hair, Theory and Practice 4

Semester 2

Course SCH
Semester Total 8
CSME 2401 Principles of Hair Coloring and Related Theory 4
CSME 1410 Introduction to Haircutting and Related Theory 4

Semester 3

Course SCH
Semester Total 8
CSME 1453 Chemical Reformation and Related Theory 4
CSME 1443 Manicuring and Related Theory 4

Semester 4

Course SCH
Semester Total 7
CSME 1348 Principles of Skin Care 3
CSME 1405 Fundamentals of Cosmetology 4
Degree Total 31

Amber Ortiz styling a manequins hair

“We learn braiding and updos. We had to learn the body to understand how the body works with chemicals if there was a reaction (to hair color). My favorite part is getting to work on clients (in the Salon at College of the Mainland).”

Amber Ortiz

– Amber is a cosmetology dual credit student.


Implementation of HB 1508

As required by Texas HB 1508, applicants and enrollees need to be aware that an individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program:

  1. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority;
  2. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  3. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupation Code 53.102.

Note: This does not apply to licenses granted by the law enforcement officers (Occupations Chapter 1701) or emergency medical services (Health and Safety Code Chapter 773).

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetschools.htm

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential High School Operator Certificate. prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation”: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimHistoryEval.htm

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program, with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

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