A high school diploma or a GED are the minimum educational requirements for attending a beauty school and becoming a cosmetologist. Some salons also have their own training programs that employees must complete.
Curriculum varies between beauty schools, but most beauty school curriculum targets areas that students must become proficient in so as to pass state exams and acquire necessary cosmetology licenses. Subjects typically include make up, nail care and hair styling. Many beauty schools offer students the additional options of specialized advanced training in nail technology, hair removal and aesthetics.
Students have a little leeway when it comes to planning coursework. Career paths and the type of course that the student enrolls in influence coursework choices.