Prepare for your NYS License in Cosmetology

Enjoy hands-on learning as you prepare to earn your NYS cosmetology license at the oldest accredited Cosmetology program on Long Island! Students enjoy practicing on classmates, mannequins and clinic clients as they study hairstyling, coloring, perms and relaxers, make-up techniques, manicures and business practices. Successful completion of the Cosmetology program at Western Suffolk BOCES prepares you to sit for the New York State Cosmetology licensing exam and includes Hair Extensions certification.

Employment Outlook

Job opportunities exist in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City for graduates of this Cosmetology program. As a licensed cosmetologist, you can work for yourself, a local salon, a major retailer, a five star resort/hotel, or a cosmetics manufacturer. Many licensed cosmetologists with demonstrated sales records can earn high commissions.Cosmetology-School-adults-Western-Suffolk-BOCES_03 22 15_0015

You can bring additional skills to enhance your career by preparing to earn your NYS license in Esthetics at Western Suffolk BOCES. The field offers much flexibility for those who need to work flexible schedules.

For the job title Hairdresser and Cosmetologist, the U.S. Department of Labor describes the nature of the work; training and other needed qualifications; employment levels; job outlook; potential earnings; and related occupations.

Gainful Employment for Cosmetology

To help prospective students make informed choices about the full-time programs Western Suffolk BOCES offers, details about tuition, graduation rates and more are available as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

NYS Cosmetology License

Students who satisfactorily complete this 1,000-hour Cosmetology program are eligible to take the NYS Cosmetology licensing exam. Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions about licensing requirements in New York.

Job Placement

Western Suffolk BOCES trains you for a great career and then helps you find that all important first job. Our Job Placement Office offers lifetime placement to help you advance in your chosen field.

Accredited by:

Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Rd., Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone: 770-396-3898
Fax: 770-396-3790

Approved by:

The School of Cosmetology of Western Suffolk BOCES, located at the Northport campus, is approved by the New York State Education Department. Those who successfully complete the Cosmetology Program  at Western Suffolk BOCES are, therefore, qualified to sit for the NYS licensing exam in Cosmetology from the Division of Licensing Services at the New York State Department of State.