Instructors Course


Instructor Training Program Course Outline

The primary purpose of the Instructor program is to train the student in the basic teaching skills, educational judgments, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to pass the State Board examination and for competency in job entry-level employment as an Instructor or related career avenue.

Course Objective
Our primary objective is to develop an Instructor who will succeed in the field of Cosmetology Instruction. We instill the necessity for professionalism in each instructor and continually strive to keep abreast of the varying demands which reflect the trend of this profession. While stressing “quality” over “quantity,” we instill the need of a professional instructor to continually pass on to their students the needs required to make them successful cosmetologists upon graduation.

Instructors, being the trainers of future Cosmetologists, must keep up with the latest methods and procedures by regularly attending seminars and other educational programs, necessary to become a successful Cosmetology Instructor.

Based on the latest Rules and Regulations from the Office of Professional & Occupational Regulation:

The course of study for the preparation of cosmetology instructors shall total at least one thousand (1,000) hours in no less than six (6) months of classroom theory and practical instruction, including student salon work.

A student instructor may be used for instruction in cosmetology or barbering only when under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor and only where the student instructor has completed 250 hours of study toward an instructor’s license.

The course of study shall include the following components:

1. Orientation and review of all subjects taught in the aesthetic, barbering, cosmetology, manicuring or instructor course of study, whichever is applicable based upon enrollment;

2. Introduction to teaching, including lesson planning, testing, assessments, teaching techniques, teaching aids and classroom management;

3. Maine Barbering and Cosmetology Program laws and rules; and

4. Related laws and rules of the State, including health and sanitation, fire safety, labor, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation and equal opportunity employment laws.

It is recommended that the following minimum hours of instruction include theory as well as practical work as it applies to instructing students.

The following are the state guidelines for minimum hours of instruction for Cosmetology Student Instructor:

 Theory 100 
 Facials 50 
 Scalp Treatment 50 
 Hair Styling and Cutting 100 
 Hair Coloring and Bleaching 75 
 Shampooing 25 
 Permanent Waving 100 
 Manicuring 75 
 Wigs and Hair Pieces 10 
 Chemical Hair Relaxing 40 
 Desk receptionist, purchasing supplies, and grading student papers 50 
 Floor supervision, teaching methods, and lesson planning 175 
 Salesmanship 25 
 Lectures and Demonstrations 75 
 School records, student enrollment, collections, and office work 50 

Once the above has been completed, Instructor Training students are REQUIRED to take a NIC Licensing Exam in order to be licensed by the State of Maine.

The Exam consists of preparation and demonstration of both PRACTICAL and THEORY class lesson plans, and a WRITTEN EXAM of one hundred (100) questions pertaining to Class Management. Subjects for the practical and theory portions will be determined by the testing agency.


• Submit a complete application to the State with the appropriate fees;· Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent;

• Hold a valid Maine Cosmetologist license; and

• Complete a course of study for the preparation of cosmetology instructors consisting of at least 1000 clock hours of instruction in not less than six (6) months in a school of cosmetology licensed by the State
• 1500 hours of work experience in a salon within the previous three year period at date of application of licensure (verified by Tax Returns)

Numerical grades are considered according to the following scale:


90 -- 100   A - EXCELLENT
80 -- 89   B - GOOD
70 -- 79   C - ACCEPTABLE
Below 70   F - FAILING

The clock hour education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps that address specific tasks necessary for state board preparation, graduation, and entry-level job skills. The course is presented through comprehensive lesson plans that reflect effective educational methods. Subjects are presented by means of lecture, demonstration, and interactive student participation. Audiovisual aids, projects, activities, and other related learning methods are used for course delivery.

A comprehensive resource of references, periodicals, books, texts, and audio/video tapes are available to support the course of study and supplement the students' training. Students should avail themselves of the opportunity to use these extensive materials.

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