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COSM 160 - Business Skills
COSM 160

This course provides information regarding how to obtain employment in the field of Cosmetology or related disciplines. Topics include establishing effective test-taking skills, preparing for employment, writing a resume, and completing a successful interview. The importance of teamwork, job descriptions, compensation, personal budgeting, retailing, and building a client base are also discussed. Learners will gain the skills to manage a successful salon business and identify how types of ownership, accurate record keeping, telephone techniques, and marketing can help them to excel in the industry. Learners will receive a review of the Cosmetology program in order to help them prepare for the provincial exam.

  • Total Hours: 96
  • Lecture Hours: 48
  • Laboratory Hours: 48
Total Weeks:  4

This course is offered online:  No

Pre-Requisites: COSM 130 Hair Care

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the essentials of becoming test wise
  • Explain the steps involved in preparing for employment
  • Differentiate and describe the different types of salon businesses
  • Compile an achievement oriented résumé and prepare an employment portfolio
  • Explain how to explore the job market and research potential employers
  • Engage in an effective employment interview
  • Describe the qualities that help a new employee succeed in a service profession
  • Describe the habits of a good salon team player
  • Explain the function of a job description
  • Describe three different ways in which salon professionals are compensated
  • Explain how to and create a personal budget
  • Identify and explain the principles of selling products and services in the salon
  • Describe the most effective ways to build a client base
  • Describe the two ways in which you may go into business for yourself
  • Describe and explain the factors to consider when opening a salon
  • Describe and explain the types of ownership under which a salon may operate
  • Explain the importance of keeping accurate business records
  • Identify the importance of the reception area to a salon’s success
  • Demonstrate good salon telephone techniques
  • Explain the most effective forms of salon advertising
  • Describe and perform cosmetological procedures on clientele
Learners must demonstrate competencies in their skills to Industry Standards.

Knowledge:  Use initiative to identify tasks.

Attitudes:  Use time productively.

Skills:  Select and use appropriate tools.

Grading System:  Percentage

Passing Grade:  70%
Percentage of Individual Work:  100

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No
  • Cosmetology Learner Kit

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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